Meet our teachers and administrative staff.
Soprano, Christine Arand, is a graduate from Northwestern University and The Juilliard School, and began her professional career in Europe creating the leading role of Lise in Philip Glass’ “Les Enfants Terribles” directed by Susan Marshall. Christine performed alongside Philip Glass, touring throughout Europe and the United States and is heard on the original cast recording. Christine loves sharing the joy of music, performance, and movement with KMA's students.
Paul Keoni Chun
Paul Keoni Chun started Keoni Movement Arts out of his own passion for doing yoga, dance, and gymnastics and from a deep desire to share these activities with others, particularly those with least access to them. He has acted, dance, sung, and tumbled professionally in Off-Broadway, Regional, and International theaters, has acted in numerous film and tv productions, and has danced in concert performances for notable modern and jazz choreographers. He is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and is an Experienced—Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Why do you love teaching for KMA? “Because it is a safe space where I can explore new ways of teaching the movement arts and I get to receive directly the happiness and love expressed by the students.”
Andrew Pacho - or "Pacho" - is an immensely talented performer and teacher. As a competitive college gymnast, he came very close to making the 1984 Olympic team. After his competitive gymnastics career, he went on to dance with several prestigious dance companies including Mark Morris, Philadanco, and AntiGravity — and has performed in six Broadway shows, including Miss Saigon and The King and I. He has taught gymnastics and dance to every age and ability level. Pacho has an infectious personality that really brings out the best in each of our students.
Why do you love teaching for KMA? “I love INTERACTING with the children, and Special needs teens/young adults and the talented STAFF. Teaching for KMA has enriched my LIFE, each and everyone of them. The JOY and determination on their faces lights me up and reminds me of all the GOOD in this city & world.”
Jen is a New York City based performer, director and teacher. She has taught dance and acting at various organizations including New York University and Sarah Lawrence College and is a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and works as an actor in commercials, film, and television as well as teaches movement throughout New York City.
Why do you love teaching for KMA? “I love seeing the expressions of confidence, joy, and achievement on the students’ faces - beautiful and priceless!”
In addition to being KMA’s “administrator extraordinaire” Omar is an actor, a writer and a SOULpreneur, founder of Harmonic Convergence of Souls – Showcasing SOULpreneurs. He is also a proud card carrying union member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and THE DRAMATIST GUILD.