Faculty

ADF’s faculty form the foundation of the festival community. They are a group of generous, inspired, and accomplished artists, serving as mentors and guiding students to new heights of artistry and physicality. After an intense program of dance and dialogue, students and teachers often forge relationships that last long after the festival.

“The best part of the summer was the teachers. They demonstrated such a mastery of the material, demanded all of our presence and awareness, and pushed us (lovingly) to demand the very best from ourselves. This kind of teaching is uncommon, it’s the kind of teaching that the American Dance Festival is famous for, and it’s the kind that I crave all school year.”

—ADF student


2022 Faculty

Faculty will be added and updated until March 2022. Check back often for the latest information.

Charles o. Anderson

Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is artistic director of dance theatre X, a critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance-theatre company he founded in 2003 in Philadelphia. He is associate chair of The Department of Theatre and Dance and head of the dance program at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA from Cornell University and his MFA in Dance from Temple University. Anderson describes himself as an artist, an activist-educator and change-makerl- a kinetic storyteller. He is moved to create dance theatre that bears witness to human experiences through the cultural lenses of the African Diaspora. Among his achievements in afro-contemporary choreography and dance theatre, Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His professional work has been supported by such foundations and organizations as The National Performance Network, The Pew Foundation for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He is the first Texas-based independent artist to receive the prestigious National Dance Production Grant awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts. He has had residencies with MANCC, NCCAkron, and The American Dance Festival among others. Anderson also serves on the faculty of the American Dance Festival and is an EDI consultant for dance programs investing in anti-racist approaches to dance programming and education. www.charlesoanderson.me

Classes: Footprints

kimberly bartosik

Choreographer, performer, educator, writer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that critically, tenderly, and violently etch away at deeply distressing threads of our society. 

Bartosik is a 2021 recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation Performing Artist Recovery Fund in the New York Community Trust and a 2020 Bessie Honoree for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Performer (Burr Johnson) for through the mirror of their eyes (New York Live Arts, 2020). Other recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship; Virginia B. Toulmin Women Leaders in Dance Fellowship at Center for Ballet and the Arts; Map Fund; National Dance Project, and others.  Bartosik’s work has been commissioned by BAM Next Wave, New York Live Arts, LUMBERYARD, American Realness,Crossing the Line, Danspace Project, and others. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and internationally.

Bartosik’s current project, The Encounter, is an intergenerational work for professionals and pre-professionals being created with communities around the world. Her critical writing includes the recent articles: Give Artists a Home!; It’s Time to Reimagine Dance Funding; and The Plight of the Adjunct: When Will Colleges Truly Value the Artists Who Teach Their Students?

As a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Bartosik received a Bessie Award for Exceptional Artistry in his work. www.daela.org

Classes: Footprints

Photo by Maria Baranova

Baye & Asa

Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects directed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. Hip Hop & African dance languages are the foundation of our technique. The rhythms of these techniques inform the way we energetically confront contemporary dance & theatre.

We were born & raised in New York City. We’ve known each other since first grade & our bodies are shaped by a shared education. Through the personal dynamics of our relationship we address the larger political landscape of our upbringing, struggling to show a reality of violence while communicating a necessity for empathy.

Individually we have performed with Akram Khan Company, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Abraham in Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Gallim, Kate Weare Company, and The Francesca Harper Project. We’ve presented our stage and film work internationally & we are one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2022. We are currently artists in residence at the 92nd Street Y, working on commissions for BODYTRAFFIC & The Martha Graham Dance Company. www.bayeandasa.com

Classes: Mixed Makers

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leah cox (school DEAN)

Leah Cox is dean of the American Dance Festival and an associate professor of dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Cox is a frequent adjudicator for the American College Dance Association, served on the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Committee from 2015 to 2018, and was a master teacher for YoungArts. She worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2001 to 2014. Cox began as a company dancer and became the company’s first education director. She developed the company’s educational materials, annual workshops, and highly successful educational licensing program. Her work as education director was featured in the documentary about Bill T. Jones, A Good Man, which aired on PBS nationwide. Cox has been the subject of a cover story feature in Dance Teacher magazine and is regularly sought out by professional publications and organizations for her expertise.

Photo by Jim Lafferty

joy davis

Joy Davis is a dance artist & educator steeped in practices of Countertechnique®, improvisation, and performance. She began studying with Countertechnique® Founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 at the American Dance Festival; was certified as a Teacher in 2012 and recently Senior Teacher in 2021. Founded in 2006, joyproject is a framework for creation, curation and production of collaborative performance & installation; most recently opening a micro-residency and performance space called The Deck in Charlotte, NC featuring Shaina Cantino as the first artist-in-residence in 2022. Joy is co-founder of The Davis Sisters with Alexander Davis, a collaborative experiment in which they dare to perform exacerbated versions of themselves in spaces such as The Yard, Boston Center for the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, Wesleyan Center for the Arts and Dance|Now Boston at The Dance Complex. Joy also creates/tours duets with husband Dr. Eric Mullis and dances with Charlotte-based Payne Dance. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2015, and has since been visiting faculty at Smith College and Wesleyan University; as visiting Lecturer at Harvard University in Theater, Dance & Media. She is Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Visiting Faculty at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Joy lives in Charlotte with Eric and their Pomeranian, Baby Sir. joydavisproject.com

Classes: Countertechnique® & Movement and Performance Lab

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Ramón Flowers

Ramón Flowers is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts. He began his formal dance training on scholarship at the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet and later attended the School of American Ballet. Four years after joining the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, as its first African-American male dancer, he moved to Europe for 12 years as a principal ballet dancer. He spent seven years with the legendary, internationally renowned Maurice Béjart, performing in major cities in over 60 countries on every continent. He later moved to Germany to dance with William Forsythe, director of the Frankfurt Ballet, and then to Madrid to work with choreographer Nacho Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza de España. He returned to North America to dance with Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where repertoire encompassed pieces by all the choreographers for whom he’d danced in Europe as well as the works of George Balanchine. He left Canada to return to his first love for dance, musical theater, and was featured in several Broadway shows, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan LakeCatsThe Lion KingThe Green Bird, The Boy From Oz, and Hot Feet. He also appeared in Broadway national tours with Chita Rivera in The Dancer’s Life and in the original production of A Chorus Line in the role of Richie, as well as in commercials, film, and television. Ramon received his BA in French from The City College of New York, CUNY, and his MFA in Dance from The University of Iowa.

Classes: Ballet Technique Musical Theater Jazz

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Eric Geiger

I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company where I also taught and served as choreographic assistant to Bill. As a member of The Lyon Opera Ballet, I performed in works by William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj. Contact Improvisation, being directed by Deborah Hay, and my training as a Feldenkrais practitioner has transformed my capacity as a mover and a maker. I recently left my faculty position of 14 years at UCSD, where I guided practices that question what dance is and can be. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters, and Jess Humphrey.

I’m questioning the politics that are emerging from my practices and creative research. Not by way in which the work itself represents, acts, or dances out a political situation, social injustice or inequity, but by attempting to create a context in which the value system of the process, as well as the systemic structure of the work is the actual, desired change. Queerness guides me.

Classes: Mixed Makers

monique haley

Monique Haley (Springfield, VA) is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Monique completed nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company in 2010. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia. In Chicago, Monique was a frequent teacher for the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Visceral Dance Center, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance Trainee Program. Monique participates yearly as part of the Chicago Dance Connection Jazz Camp Faculty and has taught for the former River North Chicago and Inaside Dance Company Summer Intensives. She has set choreography for high school groups, college dancers, and professional companies on a national scale. As a dance educator, Monique has been a guest teacher in 2016, 2017, and 2019 ACDA East Central Conferences. In musical theater, Ms. Haley was featured as a dancer and ensemble member in the Disney musical The Jungle Book, directed by Mary Zimmerman and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli. In Chicago’s regional theater scene, she was dance captain/ensemble member, and associate choreographer for the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater’s production of Aida and the associate choreographer of Paramount Theater Aurora’s inaugural production of My Fair Lady. Additional theater credits include HAIRJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar). Chicago (June), and On the Town, among others.

Monique has choreographed for American Midwest Ballet, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Company, and the Chicago Repertory Ballet Company, as well as collaborative works with the Chicago-based companies Muntu African Dance Company, and DanceWorks Chicago. Monique’s choreography has also been featured in Dance for Life Chicago, an annual AIDS benefit concert. Collegiate commissions include work for the former Marygrove College, Western Michigan University, and the University of the Arts, to name a few. Monique’s career and creative works have been recognized in Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine. She is one of the first artists to receive a $15,000 3Arts Award (2012) for contributions to the arts community of the city of Chicago in dance and choreography. Ms. Haley holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She continues to inspire and passionately educate her students at the Western Michigan University Department of Dance, teaching jazz dance curriculum and working with the musical theater performance students as an Assistant Professor in the field.

Classes: Contemporary Jazz & Repertory

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Marguerite Hemmings

Marguerite Angelica Monique is a Jamaican born, Jersey-raised, NYC-made performance artist/educator currently based in Philadelphia, USA. They focus on one’s own body, one’s own way of moving, adapting, healing, releasing, protecting, changing, and connecting to the unseen. She is a master of body ceremonies and a curator of vibes.

As a choreographer she specializes in emergent, improvisational and social dance movement styles and technologies, rooted in the story of the African Diaspora. She is researching the ancestral and subversive role of dance and the dancer throughout the African Diaspora and looks to conjure these technologies through all of their (present) work. Marguerite uses body, text, media, and moving image in their work.

Classes: Mixed Makers

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rodney hill

Rodney Hill is the Company Manager and Director of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Rennie Harris R.H.A.W. Born and raised in the tough streets of North Philadelphia entering the hip hop scene in 1988. For over a decade, Rodney has performed on stages nationally and abroad. Featured in many videos for such artists as Boyz II Men, Will Smith, Music Soul Child, just to name a few. Rodney has also performed on TV shows such as L.A. R&B Divas, NBC Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien, Soul Train, NBC’S NFL Under The Helmet, and BET “Teen Summit.” In addition, he has toured and performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement, R&B singer Brave Williams, Julian King, Aaries, Mad Skillz, Rapper “EVE”, R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass, Janet Jackson’s DJ Dj Aktive, Shanice Wilson, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Philly’s own The Roots Crew. An accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher, Rodney has performed and taught in universities, dance studios locally, nationally and internationally in countries such as France; Bogotá Columbia; Democratic Republic of Congo; East Asia; Egypt; Israel, and Palestine. In the year 2020, Rodney graduated from Wilson college receiving a MFA in Choreography. Rodney’s inspiration for dance comes from his community and family while continuing to educate and inspire others, through his hard work, dedication and commitment to hip hop and its culture. Lastly, in 2022, Rodney Hill will be sworn into office as Councilman for Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, which is a suburban community right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he grew up.

Classes: The world of Hip hop Street Dance foundation

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jordan lloyd

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at The College at Brockport after leaving his hometown Albany, NY. He has collaborated with and performed for Karl Rogers, Netta Yerushalmy, Tammy Carrasco, Monica Bill Barnes, Catherine Galasso, Laura Peterson, Ambika Raina and David Dorfman Dance. He is currently teaching at Rutgers University and his work has been produced by: New York Live Arts, BRIC, ISSUE Project Room, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, The Center for Performance Research and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Most recently he received the 2021-23 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Jordandlloyd.com

Classes: Contemporary Technique & Creative Process

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momar ndiaye

Momar Ndiaye is an international performer, choreographer, teacher, and videographer from Senegal. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois in 2017 and was awarded with the prestigious Bruno Nettl Award for excellence in choreography for his thesis work, Point 0, upon graduation. Ndiaye has created and toured several staged dance performances along with choreographies for music videos with his own company “Cadanses” since 2004 and was a full-time dancer in the international dance company “Premier Temp” (2008-2014). Momar Ndiaye received ImPulsTanz’s Danceweb scholarship in 2012, Aex.corps/Residences et creations 2012, Pamoja (réseaux panafricain de résidence et de production) in 2014, Afrique Caraïbe Pacifique en creation in 2015, Movement research in 2016, and the European Union creative funds for the project Share-Creative-Africa in collaboration with Exodos (Slovenia) in 2020. Currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the department of dance at the Ohio State University, Ndiaye’s research focuses on the effects of Negritude, interculturalism, globalization, and colonialism on the “performance of daily life” in Senegal and Africa at large, as well as the subsequent impact of those concepts on traditional patrimonial dances and staged dance.

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Cinthia Pérez-Navarro

Cinthia Pérez-Navarro – Dancer, teacher, somatic educator & movement creator from Puebla, México. Her work engages with diversity, tradition and richness of community exchange, by incorporating ancestral knowledge into a contemporary movement practice, which includes stewardship and reverence from different ecosystems and cultures and how we embody them. Graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from UDLAP, Cholula, Mexico. In 2016, she was awarded as the best female performer and in 2019 a finalist in the V and VIII 4×4 Tj Night Choreography Contest. Later she began her collaboration with XIPE Colectivo Escénico for the performance, AQUERÓN: el río de la tragedia, having a season in Cholula, Puebla, CDMX, El Paso, TX and Brooklyn, NYC. In 2020, she was nominated for Best Foreign Actress for the ACE Awards NYC. For 5 years, she was co-director and choreographer of the contemporary dance company PROYECTO SEGUNDO PISO in Cholula, Puebla. She is currently working as a Somatic Movement Educator, facilitating classes at IBERO Talleres Artísticos, Puebla campus and as dance faculty at Centro de Estudios Superiores SISTI. She is a member of Chicken Bank Collective, coordinates RISOMA Retiro CI México and manages the Contact Improv Puebla community.

Classes: Mapping Collective Geographies: Dancing together through complex terrain

SHerone PRICE

Instructor, choreographer, and dancer Sherone Price is currently Associate Professor of Dance at Appalachian State University. He has been a Lecturer at UNC-Greensboro, Visiting Instructor of Dance at Florida International University in Miami, and Artist in Residence/Henry Bascom Professor of Dance at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has had selected choreography performed by Moving in the Spirit Touring Company, Atlanta, GA, and at the White House hosted by President George Bush for a reception for the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He has a BFA from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. He has been a Principal Dancer with Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble and a guest performer with Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group. He performed Talley Beatty’s Mourner’s Bench at the 1995 Scripps/ADF Award ceremony.

Classes: Contemporary West African Dance Repertory

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jenna RIEgel

Jenna Riegel, originally from Fairfield, Iowa, is a dance artist and educator. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi International University. During her eleven-year performing career in NYC, Jenna danced with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance and johannes weiland. She toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna taught classes in contemporary technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the dance departments of Barnard College, The Juilliard School, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, University of California-Berkeley, the American Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival. Jenna is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.

Classes: Mixed Makers

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Ray ELIOT Schwartz

Ray Eliot Schwartz graduated high school from the North Carolina School of the Arts, received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from University of Texas-Austin. He acknowledges the deep influence of Nancy Stark Smith on his understanding of Contact Improvisation. He is the founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento, serves on the board of directors of ISMETA, and is a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement. He co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern U.S.: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the U.S., South East Asia, South America, and Mexico, and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival and SFADI, among others. Somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method®. He is a published scholar who writes about the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice and served as Academic Coordinator of the Dance Program of the University of the Americas-Puebla in México from 2008-2018.

Classes: Mapping Collective Geographies: Dancing together through complex terrain

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george staib

George Staib is a Professor of Practice in the Emory University Department of Theater and Dance, and is the artistic director of staibdance, a dance company dedicated to the intersections of movement, community and culture. Staib began his dance training at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, then went on to earn an MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University. Further movement research led him to Israel, Sweden, and Italy to deepen his understanding of Gaga and release technique as well as the unbridled physicality of movement pioneers such as Iris Enez, Yasmeen Godder and Noa Wortheim, Currently hIs movement interests reside in blurring the line between process and performance, and he is interested in the notion of spontaneity as it relates to established material vs. improvised ideas. 
 
As a choreographer, Staib’s primary vehicle for dance-making is through staibdance, now in its 15th year. Staib’s work is often founded upon autobiographical stories, while being dedicated to unearthing their relatability among diverse populations. Staib’s work has been commissioned across the US and abroad, and has been awarded funding from The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Latham Foundation, the Vail Family Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In 2021, staibdance curated and produced the first-ever Atlanta Multicultural Dance Festival, created a summer intensive in Sorrento, Italy, now in its 11th year and hosted a 10-part podcast series that features culturally based artists from across the country, now in its second season. That same year staibdance was selected as one of five dance companies in the South to be awarded funding and participation within the Momentum Program, founded by South Arts. In the coming months, staibdance will be touring their latest work  “fence” as well as begin work on a new piece, titled ARARAT, set to premiere in 2023. staibdance.com
 
Classes: Root Theory: Discoveries Beyond Technique & Repertory and Performance
 
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rosanna tavarez

Rosanna has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has worked with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows, as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC. Rosanna is one of seven certified American Countertechnique Teachers. She has had the pleasure of sharing the practice of Countertechnique throughout the U.S. and internationally via its online platform. She serves on the faculty of USC Kaufman and CalArts School of Dance. Her dance works have been presented by The Broad Museum, REDCAT, American Dance Festival, LA Department of Cultural Affair’s LA Dance Platform, The Odyssey, Highways Performance Space, Breaking Ground Dance Festival and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Her works have also received support from ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency and Show Box LA.

Classes: Countertechnique® & Movement and Performance Lab

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shen wei

Shen Wei headshotShen Wei Hailed as “one of the most expansive, creative minds in the arts” (The New York Sun), choreographer, dancer, painter and director, an internationally renowned artist. He received a Nijinsky Emerging Choreographer Award, a MacArthur “Genius” Award and a US Artists Fellow award. As a multi-disciplinary artist he trained in Chinese opera, ink painting, calligraphy, Western visual art, modern dance and film. In 1989, he began modern dance training at the American Dance Festival’s (ADF) program at the Guangdong Dance Academy in China. In 1991, he became a founding member of the first modern dance company in China – the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, He received a fellowship from Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, moved to New York City in 1995, founded Shen Wei Dance Arts In 2000. His company toured in over 30 countries in 140 cities. He formed his own dance technique “Natural Body Development” and it has been taught in universities and dance centres, as well as at the American Dance Festival. He received commissions from the ADF, Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Park Avenue Armory, BAM Next Wave, Edinburgh International Festival, Het Muziektheater, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro di San Carlo, Shanghai International Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His major solo exhibitions showed at the MDC Museum of Art + Design Miami. Shanghai Power Station of Art, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston.

Classes: Footprints

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jessie young

Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and teacher originally from Port Angeles, WA. She uses dance as a way to integrate movement training and exploratory structures to craft containers for dis/orientation, atmospheric awareness, and embodied imagination. She has been an artist in residence at New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), Brooklyn Studios for Dance (NY), The Floor on Atlantic (NY) and Centrum (WA). As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with Abby Z and the New Utility, Julie Mayo, Beth Gill, Stephanie Acosta, Khecari Dance Theater, Same As Sister, Kendra Portier among others. She is currently dancing with Tere O’Connor. Jessie has been on faculty at Rutgers University, Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival, Mark Morris Dance Center and Gina Gibney Dance Center. In addition, she has taught master classes and leads workshops at Bard College, Pieter Performance Space, Beloit College, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was recently received the Beverly Blossom/Carey Erickson Alumni Award for 2021. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and Center for Performance Research (CPR). She has a virtual pilates studio, JessieYoungPilates.com. Artist website: Jessie-Young.com

Classes: Contemporary Practice & Making Dances

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2020 faculty

Charles o. Anderson

Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, VA, is artistic director of dance theatre X. He is a choreographer, performer, and head of the dance program at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his MFA in Dance from Temple University in 2002. Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Anderson was based in Philadelphia, PA, where he gained national recognition for his choreographic work and funding support from such foundations and organizations as The National Performance Network, The Pew Foundation for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. As a specialist in contemporary African Diasporic dance, Anderson’s choreography has been presented throughout the US as well as internationally. Among his achievements in Afro-contemporary choreography and dance theater, Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His latest work as an Austin-based choreographer was presented at the Austin Fusebox Festival and at New York Live Arts as part of the Live Ideas, James Baldwin, This Time! Festival. Anderson is deeply committed to arts and education as means for enacting social justice. His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association, and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theater by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Being an artist-educator and an advocate for diversity in the field of dance has made Anderson a highly sought-after speaker and adjudicator for the American College Dance Association. His project-based company, Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, is comprised entirely of former students from the last five years with whom he has taught intensively both in the studio and the lecture hall. He approaches choreography as metaphor for kinetic storytelling. The goal of kinetic storytelling is testimony, the declaration of truth integral to the African-American oral and literary tradition, going back to the slave narrative and folk practices. Anderson also serves on the faculty of American Dance Festival’s summer dance intensive program and serves as president of the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA). www.charlesoanderson.me

Afro-Contemporary Technique and Footprints

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quilan “cue” arnold

Quilan “Cue” Arnold (MFA) is a dance professional (dancer, choreographer, podcaster, producer, teacher) based out of Brooklyn, NY. He has been a member of companies such as Camille A. Brown and Dancers (NY), Rennie Harris Puremovement (PA), Abby Z and the New Utility (NY), and Enzo Celli Vivo Ballet (NY). Quilan’s work has been presented in a domestic and international milieu. His most recent choreographic work, The Third Rail, was premiered at the 2018 INSITU Site-Specific Festival in New York and has been presented in 2019 at Hunter College and the American Dance Festival. Other recent credits include the International Human Rights Festival (NY), Steps on Broadway’s Performance Lab (NY), and the Emerging Choreographer Series (NY). Quilan is also the co-founder of the street dance podcast, The Good Foot and the executive director of the street dance documentary, Build’N Shop, which is partially funded by the 2018 Ohio State Dance Preservation Grant. As an educator Quilan currently serves as a faculty member at Hunter College, Peridance Capezio Center, Gibney Dance Center in New York City. Quilan also hosts an online hip-hop class, “Get Groovy.” Visiting artist credits include Brigham-Young University (UT), Bard College (NY), Towson University (MD), Ohio State University (OH), Rutgers University (NJ), University of Memphis (TN), and New York University (NY). Additionally, Quilan has served as faculty at Steps on Broadway and Mark Morris Dance Center.

Hip-hop Groove Foundations and African-American Social Dance Technique

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axis dance company

Founded in 1987, AXIS Dance Company is the nation’s most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. In 1998, Judith Smith took over artistic direction, and visioning a repertory company quickly trajected AXIS into the dance world with a commission by Bill T. Jones. Under Smith’s artistic direction until 2016, AXIS’ collaborators included Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, Joe Goode, Marc Brew, Meredith Monk, and Joan Jeanrenaud, to name a few. AXIS has toured to over 100 cities in the USA, Europe, and Russia. Upon celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, AXIS appointed internationally renowned choreographer Marc Brew as Artistic Director. The Company has received eight Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. AXIS hosted the first ever National and Regional Convenings on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in 2016. AXIS provides unparalleled integrated dance education and outreach programs that engage people with and without disabilities to access dance opportunities.

Raul Panzar

Raul Panzar was born and raised in Oakland, California and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Raul is a lifelong fan of salsa music, hosting multiple salsa radio programs while in school. His love of music led him to become an amateur wheelchair salsa dancer while working for Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco. After 8 years of organizing and promoting concerts, he began his professional dance career in 2019 as an apprentice for AXIS Dance Company in Oakland. Raul is currently an apprentice for The Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sonsheree Giles

Sonsherée Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and costume designer. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she moved to the Bay Area to attend Mills College where she received a M.F.A in performance/choreography. From 2005-2015, she was a teaching artist and Associate Director with AXIS Dance Company. Sonsheree has shared her choreography and performed for audiences throughout the US and abroad. She has been honored to receive an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for performance and a Homer Avila Award for Excellence in the field of integrated dance. She is thrilled to return to AXIS Dance Company as the Artistic Advisor and Rehearsal Director. To learn more, please visit: sonsheree.com

Mixed Makers

kimberly bartosik

Choreographer, performer, educator Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative, ferociously intimate choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Her work, which is deeply informed by literature and cinema, dramatically illuminates the ephemeral nature of performance. Kimberly is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography. Her most recent project, I hunger for you, was commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival 2018 and LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts, through an inaugural year BAM/LUMBERYARD partnership. She is a 2017-20 New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency Artist where she is developing a new work to premiere in March 2020. In NYC her work has also been presented by American Realness, FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival, Abrons Art Center, Gibney, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, La Mama, and BEAT Festival. Kimberly has toured to Wexner Arts Center, Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic (Melbourne, Australia), Dance Place, American Dance Festival, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacob’s Pillow, The Flynn, Bates Dance Festival, Church, Columbia College (2020), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (2020), Mount Tremper Arts, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis, Artdanthe Festival, and others.

Kimberly is a 2019-20 Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Virginia B. Toulmin Women Leaders in Dance Fellow where she will create The Encounter, a project for 12-15 year old dancers aspiring toward careers in ballet. She is a 2019-20 Harkness Dance Center Artist-in-Residence @ the 92nd St Y, and a 2019 Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) recipient with Composer Sivan Jacobowitz. In 2017 she received a National Dance Project (NDP) Production & Touring Grant and Community Engagement Fund awards, supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Kimberly is a 2010 and 2017 MAP Fund grantee. She has also received support from the Jerome Foundation; FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USArtists International; Creative Arts Initiative (CAI); New York Foundation for the Arts, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD); American Dance Abroad; New Music USA, Live Music for Dance; and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists and Emergency Grants.

In 2017 Kimberly was a Dancing Laboratory Residency Artist at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron and a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow. She is a 2019 and 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow; a 2016 Gibney Dance DiP Residence Artist; and a recipient of an ART, a Capacity-Building grant through Pentacle. In 2018, Kimberly made her curatorial debut as part of DoublePlus at Gibney.

Kimberly has been in creative residence at New York Live Arts, Live Feed and Studio Series; Marble House Project; National Choreographic Center at Akron/NCCAkron; Centre Chorégraphique National-Ballet de Lorraine; LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts; Gibney Dance Center’s DiP Residency; Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, France; Governor’s Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Joyce Soho Artist Residency Program; University of Buffalo, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Mount Tremper Arts; White Oak Plantation; and Movement Research.

Kimberly was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 9 years and received a Bessie Award for Exceptional Artistry in his work. She received her BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University. Kimberly was a 2016 Princeton Fellowship Finalist, and has been a guest artist/faculty at Hollins University, Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Bates College, The Playground, Merce Cunningham Trust, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Arizona State University’s Hergberger Institute for Design and the Arts, SUNY/Purchase, Colorado College, and University of Buffalo.

Footprints

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hilary Clark

Hilary Clark is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who performs in pivotal experimental dance and theater based work, touring nationally and internationally. She was honored with a New York Dance and Performance Award (2008) for sustained achievement, most notably with Tere O’Connor, luciana achugar, and Fiona Marcotty. She has also worked with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Young Jean Lee Theater Company, Luke George, Jen Rosenblit, Jon Kinzel, chemeckilerner, Larissa Velez Jackson, Keyon Gaskin, and Gerard and Kelly. As a 2015 Artist in Residence at collective address (NYC), she explored the role and work of the dancer through dialogues and interviews as well as developing Duet for/with/including Jen (1 – 4). Other creative residencies include Fresh Tracks and Studio Series (Dance Theater Workshop) and Dance and Process (The Kitchen). Her work has been shown at Roulette, Aunts, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, Mt. Tremper Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, and Painted Bride in Philadelphia. In 2013, she was invited by Stockholm University of the Arts, University of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Stockholm, Sweden, to participate in the academic conference “Dancer as Agent.” Her work as a performer and choreographer is documented in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic (MIT, 2014). Clark has taught at Chunky Move (Australia), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Pacific Northwest College of Art (Oregon), Seattle Festival for Dance Improvisation at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA), and Movement Research (NYC). She is the owner of Citrine Pilates & Wellness and is currently a teaching fellow and MFA candidate at Bennington College.

Mixed Makers

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Robbie CooK

Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. During the summer, he teaches at both the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Robbie has taught internationally through Japan Contemporary Dance Network as a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Sapporo, Japan, The i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, and Chadwick International School in Incheon, South Korea and has been invited two times to Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México to teach and set choreography on the students. While living in Los Angeles, he played percussion with String Theory Productions at the 2014 Emmy’s Governor’s Ball, led a contact improvisation workshop for the BODYTRAFFIC company, and was on the dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University from 2011 to 2015. Robbie has also been on the dance faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts, and TCU. As a dancer he has performed for Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman, Edwaard Liang, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Jan Erkert, Third Rail Projects, Lucky Plush Productions, Dallas Opera’s Production of Boris Godunov, and Deborah Hay (SPCP ’01 & ’07) and performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A as a duet with Hope Mohr. Robbie’s choreography has been performed nationally and internationally in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alaska, and Tokyo, Japan, and on students at Pepperdine, UDLAP, Idyllwild, ADF, and Shenandoah Conservatory. He earned an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga. Robbie Cook Dance.

WFSS Yoga and WFSS Floorwork

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LEAH COX (Dean)

LeahCox.Grant HalversonLeah Cox is dean of the American Dance Festival and an associate professor of dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Cox is a frequent adjudicator for the American College Dance Association, served on the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Committee from 2015 to 2018, and was a master teacher for YoungArts. She worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2001 to 2014. Cox began as a company dancer and became the company’s first education director. She developed the company’s educational materials, annual workshops, and highly successful educational licensing program. Her work as education director was featured in the documentary about Bill T. Jones, A Good Man, which aired on PBS nationwide. Cox has been the subject of a cover story feature in Dance Teacher magazine and is regularly sought out by professional publications and organizations for her expertise.

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joy davis

Joy Davis is a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique®, improvisation, and performance. She began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became one of four Americans certified as Teachers in 2012. She teaches in the US and Canada including workshops at Gibney Dance, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion’s Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and One Body One Career Countertechnique Intensive hosted by Springboard Danse Montréal. Founded in 2006, joyproject creates collaborative dance theater performance which evokes contemplation, humor, and elegant design. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, Choreographer’s Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), Baran Dance (Charlotte); and recently awarded the Next Steps grant from The Boston Foundation. She collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and partner Eric Mullis. Joy and Alexander Davis, The Davis Sisters, were awarded a 2018 Schonberg [Boston] Fellowship residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work; were named inaugural Choreography Residency recipients at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and are touring New England in 2019 – 2020 through a new initiative called New England Dance on Tour. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College and Wesleyan University. Joy is an Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University in Theater, Dance & Media.

Countertechnique and Practicing Serious PLAY

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Ramón Flowers

Ramón is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts. He began his formal dance training on scholarship at the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet and later attended the School of American Ballet. Four years after joining the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, as its first African-American male dancer, he moved to Europe for 12 years as a principal ballet dancer. He spent seven years with the legendary, internationally renowned Maurice Béjart, performing in major cities in over 60 countries on every continent. He later moved to Germany to dance with William Forsythe, director of the Frankfurt Ballet, and then to Madrid to work with choreographer Nacho Duato and the Compañía Nacional de Danza de España. He returned to North America to dance with Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where repertoire encompassed pieces by all the choreographers for whom he’d danced in Europe as well as the works of George Balanchine. He left Canada to return to his first love for dance, musical theater, and was featured in several Broadway shows, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cats, The Lion King, The Green Bird, The Boy From Oz, and Hot Feet. He also appeared in Broadway national tours with Chita Rivera in The Dancer’s Life and in the original production of A Chorus Line in the role of Richie, as well as in commercials, film, and television. Ramon received his BA in French from The City College of New York, CUNY, and his MFA in Dance from The University of Iowa.

Ballet Technique and Musical Theater Jazz

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Nia Love

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nia love was most recently awarded the 2019 Gibney DiP Residence and the 2019 Gibney Presents Artist in Residence. nia love is a 2017 “Bessie” award recipient for Outstanding Performer as part of the Skeleton Architecture ensemble. She is a two-time Fulbright Fellow, a recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX Artist-in-Residence program, and recipient of Dance Theater Works’ Suitcase Fund Award. Her work has been presented at NYU Skirball, Danspace Project, Harlem Stage, Judson Church, Kennedy Center, New York Live Arts, NOLA Cultural Arts Center, MOCADA, Montpelier Arts Center, PS122, Snug Harbor, and the Nafasi Art Space-Tanzania, among others. Presently, she is the co-Artistic Advisor to the BAX Artist-In-Residence program and most recently NYLA’s Artistic Advisor to Fresh Tracks. love also serves as Assistant Professor at Queens College, Bard College, and The New School. In the fall of 2018, love was a Visiting Professor at UCLA and Sp. 2019 at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Modern Roots Technique and The Happening: An investigatory course on site-specific art/environmental art

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Eric Geiger

I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD in the Department of Theatre and Dance where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where I studied the techniques of Lester Horton and Martha Graham and ballet. I was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company where I also taught and served as choreographic assistant to Bill. As a member of The Lyon Opera Ballet, I performed in works by William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj, among others. In San Diego, I performed with McCaleb Dance (directed by Nancy McCaleb) and eventually became Associate Artistic Director and began directing dances. Every Thursday morning since 2008 I have been practicing and performing spontaneous dancemaking with a group called LIVE. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters, and my most frequent collaborator and partner, Jess Humphrey.

My desire to dance forever led me to seek ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing have transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment.

Currently, I’m questioning the politics that are emerging from my practices and creative research, not by the way in which the work itself represents, acts, or dances out some political situation, social injustice or inequity, but by attempting to create a context in which the value system of the process, as well as the systemic structure of the work itself, is the actual, desired change. The work is radically alive and in and of the moment. Curiosity drives the process and it is tangential. It celebrates the multiplicity of the group and is not a creation of one author. It demands responsible citizenship by making a space for Otherness (that which is alien or divergent from a certain kind of normativity). The process is queer and so am I.

Mixed Makers

monique haley

Monique Haley (Springfield, VA) is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Monique completed nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company in 2010. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia. In Chicago, Monique was a frequent teacher for the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Visceral Dance Center, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance Trainee Program. Monique participates yearly as part of the Chicago Dance Connection Jazz Camp Faculty and has taught for the former River North Chicago and Inaside Dance Company Summer Intensives. She has set choreography for high school groups, college dancers, and professional companies on a national scale. As a dance educator, Monique has been a guest teacher in 2016, 2017, and 2019 ACDA East Central Conferences. In musical theater, Ms. Haley was featured as a dancer and ensemble member in the Disney musical The Jungle Book, directed by Mary Zimmerman and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Christopher Gattelli. In Chicago’s regional theater scene, she was dance captain/ensemble member, and associate choreographer for the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater’s production of Aida and the associate choreographer of Paramount Theater Aurora’s inaugural production of My Fair Lady. Additional theater credits include HAIR, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar). Chicago (June), and On the Town, among others.

Monique has choreographed for American Midwest Ballet, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Company, and the Chicago Repertory Ballet Company, as well as collaborative works with the Chicago-based companies Muntu African Dance Company, and DanceWorks Chicago. Monique’s choreography has also been featured in Dance for Life Chicago, an annual AIDS benefit concert. Collegiate commissions include work for the former Marygrove College, Western Michigan University, and the University of the Arts, to name a few. Monique’s career and creative works have been recognized in Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine. She is one of the first artists to receive a $15,000 3Arts Award (2012) for contributions to the arts community of the city of Chicago in dance and choreography. Ms. Haley holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She continues to inspire and passionately educate her students at the Western Michigan University Department of Dance, teaching jazz dance curriculum and working with the musical theater performance students as an Assistant Professor in the field.

Contemporary Jazz and Repertory

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gerri houlihan

Gerri Houlihan studied at The Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991 to 1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, FL. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of ADF from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland, and Russia. She is the recipient of ADF’s Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010 to 2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

WFSS/Drop-in Schedule

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YANGKEUN KIM

YANGKEUN KIM, choreographer/teacher/dancer/writer, is a professor of Soongeui Women’s College, Artistic Director of Garion Dance Company, and vice president of The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea. She has performed her work with Garion Dance Company, Korea Contemporary Dance Company and Wansoon Yook`s Dance Company, toured Europe, US, and Asia. She is also the Director of JD-KSDF (JD-Korea Summer Dance Festival). Ms. Kim has organized KDF (KADF) since 1990, Seoul International Choreographer’s Festival since 1995 and workshops and JD-KSDF from 2016. She founded Y-Conditioning Association and somatic research along with other choreographers and dance teachers. She teach Healing Technique at ADF since 2004.

Healing Techniques

MOMAR NDIAYE

Momar Ndiaye is an internationally recognized dance artist from Senegal who has taught and toured his work both in the States and abroad. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught contemporary and traditional African dance forms from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Congo, etc., as well as video dance documentation. Ndiaye has worked with many well-known choreographers from Africa, Europe, Asia, and America through the program Aex-Corps initiated by the Association Premier Temp in Senegal. Since 2010, Momar has danced for internationally acclaimed choreographer Andreya Ouamba in the Dakar-based company Premier Temps and was selected as a Dance Web participant at Impuls Tanz Festival in Vienna, Austria, in 2012. He has been developing work with his own company, Cadanses, since 2004 and has created and toured several staged contemporary dance works. In 2015, Ndiaye’s evening length piece Toxu was a finalist laureate in the Danse L’Afrique Danse (Africa and Caribbean in Creation) Festival in St. Louis and Senegal and was toured to Europe as part of the Belluard Festival in Switzerland. In 2016, Momar was selected to participate in two intercultural projects, Shifting Realities, supported by Tanz Haus and Hellerau in Germany, and 1space, a collaboration between KVS Brussel, Exodus in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Alkantara Lisbon, Portugal. www.lacadanses.com

Afro-fusion: From bare-feet to sneaker

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navarra novy-williams

Navarra Novy-Williams is a New York City based dance artist. She has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Batsheva Ensemble, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet of Difference, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, dancing original works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Eckman, Emanuel Gat, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schecter, Richard Siegal, and Shen Wei. She has collaborated on original creations with The Arias Company, zoe|juniper, and Mark DeChiazza and on the award-winning short film The First Date by Mary John Frank. She recently performed in Romeo Castellucci’s Democracy in America. Navarra has presented work at the United Palace, the Danza Highbridge Festival, the Asbury Park Dance Festival, and STUFFED at Judson Church. She is currently working on a VR/360Video site-specific dance project with video artist Carlos Johns-Dávila. Navarra teaches Gaga, ballet, and movement classes across the United States, including at The Juilliard School, NYU, Sarah Lawrence, SUNY Purchase, Movement Invention Project, MOVE(NYC), New Dialect, and the Performing Arts Project. She graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance in 2006 and holds a master’s in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the New School. www.navarranovywilliams.com

Gaga and Creative Process

michelle pearson

Michelle Pearson is the Artistic Director of Black Box Dance Theatre, a NC-based company known for their groundbreaking collaborations in the making of deeply human and physically compelling dance. Michelle is a master facilitator, teacher, dancer, and choreographer and most recently was the inaugural recipient of the Jan Van Dyke Legacy Award. She holds a BFA in Dance from ECU and danced with the Doris Humphrey Rep Company as well as the American Dance Ensemble in NYC. She was a core member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 1993 to 1998 before moving into the position of Associate Artist with the troupe for another 15 years. She has been a guest artist and adjunct faculty at numerous schools including Meredith College, Catholic University, St. Mary’s School, The American Dance Festival, Harvard Medical School, NCSU, and Arts Together. As an A+ Fellow, Michelle leads professional development workshops for educators throughout NC and the US. She was recognized by the NC Arts Council with a Choreographic Fellowship and was selected by the US Department of State to lead a Cultural Envoy to Sierra Leone in 2011 as well as Cultural Democracy missions to China in 2014 and 2016 and Kazakhstan in 2019. Recently, the USO of NC has deemed Michelle and her cohort of dancers as SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) and engaged them to lead Warrior Reset Programs for active duty service members. Michelle is a William C. Friday Fellow committed to improving human relations in the state of North Carolina. Call it choreography, performance, cultural democracy, healing art, leadership training, professional development, or arts integration; it’s all miraculous modern dance to Michelle.

Mixed Makers

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SHerone PRICE

SheronePrice1.GrantHalversonInstructor, choreographer, and dancer Sherone Price is currently Associate Professor of Dance at Appalachian State University. He has been a Lecturer at UNC-Greensboro, Visiting Instructor of Dance at Florida International University in Miami, and Artist in Residence/Henry Bascom Professor of Dance at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has had selected choreography performed by Moving in the Spirit Touring Company, Atlanta, GA, and at the White House hosted by President George Bush for a reception for the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He has a BFA from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and an MFA from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. He has been a Principal Dancer with Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble and a guest performer with Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group. He performed Talley Beatty’s Mourner’s Bench at the 1995 Scripps/ADF Award ceremony.

West African Repertory

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Sara Procopio

Sara Procopio is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, educator, and arts manager. A founding company member and Artistic Associate of Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2001 to 2012, her work with Shen Wei included originating roles in 10 works while also fulfilling company management responsibilities. From 2012 to 2019 she performed in the work of choreographer and media artist Jonah Bokaer with global appearances including the BAM Next Wave Festival, Brisbane Festival, Lyon Biennale, and the National Theater of Serbia. Sara’s teaching practice has led her to facilitate workshops, organize intensives, and stage repertory at renowned institutions and festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US, including the Paolo Grassi School in Milan, the Korea International Dance Festival in Seoul, Peridance, Gibney Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. Sara has taught at high schools, colleges, universities, and youth programs including The University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Connecticut College, Rutgers University, Middlebury College, Hollins University, Marymount Manhattan College, Dancewave, and University of the Arts, where she has taught since 2011. She has also created and directed choreographic works for students at the Florida School of the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Greenville Fine Arts Center.

Throughout her career, Sara has served as a grant writer and company manager for dance companies and touring musicians. In 2012-2013, she was an Arts Management Fellow through a program of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in conjunction with the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Professional Development Program. Since 2015, Sara has worked with Big Dance Theater providing administrative support in the areas of company management, finance, and development. Alongside performance projects, Sara currently teaches and serves as Assistant Director in the School of Dance at University of the Arts.

Shen Wei’s Natural Body Development Technique and Footprints

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jenna RIEgel

Jenna Riegel, originally from Fairfield, IA, is a dance artist, maker, and educator. Jenna holds an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a BA in Theatre Arts from Maharishi International University. During her eleven-year performing career in NYC, Jenna danced with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance, and johannes weiland. She toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna taught classes in contemporary technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the dance departments of Barnard College, The Juilliard School, and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, University of Maryland, University of California-Berkeley, and Bates Dance Festival. Jenna is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.

Devising Kinetic Connections and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Repertory

RAY ELIOT SCHWARTZ

Concluyó el “Laboratorio somático: la imagen corporal” impartido por Ximena Monroy y Ray Schwartz / Encuentro Nacional de Danza 2016

Ray Eliot Schwartz graduated high school from the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from University of Texas-Austin. He was the Head of the Dance Program of the University of the Americas-Puebla in México from 2008 to 2018. He is a founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento, a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement, and a consultant and teaching artist for ArcDanz International Dance Workshop. Ray co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern US: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective, and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the US, South East Asia, South America, and Mexico and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, Verano Chilango, Camp_iN, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival, SFADI, and the Mexican television series showcasing national and international talent in the Mexican contemporary dance scene, Opera Prima@elcolectivo, among others. He is a published scholar who writes in Spanish and English about the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice. His somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method®. Additional studies include Zero-Balancing®, Gross Anatomy (Dissection), Bio Mechanics of Sport, Molecular Cell Biology, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage. He is delighted to return to ADF this summer to share his love of movement and looks forward to the collective learning that arises from its venerable and vibrant gathering of dance artists.

SpArk! Embodiment as resource for imagination and Contact Improvisation

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rosanna tavarez

Rosanna Tavarez has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels, Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC. She was selected to attend the Countertechnique Teacher Training program in 2016 and is now one of seven certified American Countertechnique Teachers. For the past two years, she’s had the pleasure of sharing the practice of Countertechnique throughout the US. She is on faculty at Studio School and Cal State LA and has taught as guest faculty at Cal State Long Beach, Scripps College and Loyola Marymount University. Rosanna also creates her own work under the moniker LA DANSA DANSA. Her works have been supported by an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, a UCLA Hothouse residency, and Show Box LA and have been presented by REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, Blaktinx Dance Festival, Sarasota Contemporary Dance, and the LA Department of Cultural Affair’s LA Dance Platform.

Countertechnique and Practicing Serious Play

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Justin tornow

Justin Tornow is a dance artist, educator, and researcher. Her artistic interests focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary experiments that are conducted with a core group of partners in visual art, sound design, filmmaking, and lighting design. Justin is the director of COMPANY, co-creator of beta tests, producer of PROMPTS, and a co-founder of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA). Tornow teaches college-level courses and workshops in dance technique, composition, improvisation, and repertory at Elon University and serves as summer faculty with the American Dance Festival. She is also a visiting and guest teaching artist in the U.S and abroad. Justin was the 2017 teaching-artist-in-residence at Tanzart Atelier in Kirschau, Germany, and a 2019 artist-in-residence at The Commons at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a 2018-2019 Cunningham Dance Research Fellow with the New York Public Library, Justin published original research on the pedagogy and practice of the technique titled Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom. In August 2020, Justin will be relocating to Philadelphia to pursue a PhD in Dance Pedagogy at Temple University.

Class title TBD

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Christian Von Howard

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. Christian is a Fulbright Specialist (2019-2021), a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006) and his choreographic work has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ailey Citigroup Theater amongst others. His guest artist teaching/residency highlights include the American Dance Festival, Dance It! Festival(Bulgaria), Peridance Dance Center, Dance Masters of America, and the Korean Dance Festival. Christian is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Dance & Choreography from 2008 to 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC where he has been on faculty since 1998. Christian serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Contemporary Technique and Exploring Moving Pathways using Contemporary Partnering – Repertory Workshop

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Bio coming soon.

André Zachery

André M. Zachery (b.1981, United States) is a Chicago bred and now Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group, his practice, research, and community engagement artistically focus on the merging of choreography, technology, and Black cultural practices through multimedia work. André is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard Fellow in Choreography and 2019 Jerome Hill Foundation Fellow in Choreography. His works through RPG have been presented domestically and internationally, receiving support through several residencies, awards, and commissions such as the CUNY Dance Initiative, Performance Project Residency at University Settlement, ChoreoQuest Residency at Restoration Arts Brooklyn, 3LD Art & Technology Center, HarvestWorks, and a Jerome supported Movement Research AIR. Venues have included Danspace Project, Harlem Stage, the Brooklyn Museum, Harlem Stage, the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, Cistermusica Festival in Alcobaça, Portugal, and The Kennedy Center. Awarded grants have been from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and a Slate Property SPACE Award. Commissions have come from the Brooklyn Museum, Five Myles/BRIC Biennial, and Danspace Project.

Mixed Makers
 
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