Guest Artists

The NC State Dance Program fosters collaboration between highly experienced local, national and international guest artists and professional dance companies and NC State students. Every semester guest artists participate in residency programs and set choreographic works, teach technique classes, workshops and master classes open to NC State students in any major.

Guest Artists

 

Robin Gee (Fall 2018): Master Class Instructor Robin Gee is an Associate Professor of Dance at UNCG teaching African and Modern dance in addition to many other courses. In 2011, she received a Teaching Excellence Award from the newly minted School of Music Theater and Dance at UNCG. Robin received her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College, and went on to spend 15 years as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Cinque Folkloric Dance Company.
Kim Holmes (Fall 2018): Guest Choreographer For the last 20 years, Kim Holmes has emerged as one of the premiere, influential luminaries of the urban dance movement with unparalleled vibrancy, sensuality, and versatility. This legendary, leading lady and vanguard of Hip-Hop dance culture, has sought to redefine the face of the hip hop/urban dance movement as a heavily sought after dancer, choreographer, and Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed, Universal Dance Movement.
Gerri Houlihan (2017, 2018): Choreography for the State Dance Company Gerri Houlihan is an independent choreographer and a former co-dean of the American Dance Festival School in Durham, NC that she had joined as faculty in 1981. She began her career at the Julliard School and went on to perform, choreograph and teach across the U.S. and Europe.
Shannon Hummel (Spring 2018): Residency with the State Dance Company Founded in 1997, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance began as the critically acclaimed dance company performing the work of choreographer Shannon Hummel. Repeatedly lauded by such publications as The New York Times and Village Voice for her “sophisticated, vivid and true” yet accessible work, Hummel – a career dance educator as well as choreographer – took a bold step in 2009, veering from the traditional company model to open a studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Ray Kass (Fall 2018): Artist in Residence Collaboration with Gregg Museum of Art & Design and The Crafts Center at NC State University Ray Kass is is an internationally recognized artist, Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech, and founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, a collaborative, community-based art project drawing on the customs, and environmental and technological resources of the New River Valley and the Appalachian region. In 2012 he had two extended residencies at MQ in Vienna, Austria.
Gabriella Kuznik (2017, 2018): Samba Master Class Open to All NC State Community Gabriella is a professional Bellydance and samba artist and instructor. She was trained in flamenco and jazz from childhood and later moved to Bellydance and samba at an adult age. She continues her lifelong passion for dance by soaking up multiple movements and styles and passing her knowledge and understanding to her students in the Triangle area. Having trained in Florida and South America with multiple instructors, also very self-taught, Gabriella hopes to keep the beautiful grace of Samba in NC University for the second time.
Cherilyn Joy Lee (2016, 2017, 2018): Two Open Ballet Master Classes and Technique Classes for the State Dance Company A New York City native, Cherilyn’s path has included being a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet and the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, a dancer with the Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson, and a move to North Carolina to be one of the founding members of the Carolina Ballet under the direction of Robert Weiss.
Lucky Plush Productions (2017): Excerpt from Cinderbox 2.0 (2007) on the State Dance Company and a Dance-Theatre Master Class Open to All NC State Community Lucky Plush Productions is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and artistic director Julia Rhoads. A unique hybrid of high-level dance and theater, Lucky Plush’s work is recognized for its layered choreography, moving content, surprising humor and socially relevant storytelling.
Megan Mazarick (Fall 2018): Master Class Instructor Megan Mazarick is choreographer, teacher, performer, collaborator, and curator of Contemporary Dance. She received both her BFA and MFA in dance (University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Temple University). As a choreographer, she makes work that is humorous, serious, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and love of fantasy. Her choreography has been presented most frequently in Philadelphia (Live Arts Festival, nEW Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects, PARD, etc.) and New York City (Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Dance New Amsterdam). Photo by David Cimetta
Neelam Patel (Fall 2017): Bollywood Repertory Piece and Bollywood Master Class, Both Open to All NC State Students Neelam was selected as one of the top 20 Bollywood dancers in America and competed on India’s number one dance reality show, Dance India Dance, placing the second runner-up and has performed on international platforms such as the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA). Neelam is the State Dance Company alumna.
Philadanco! & Rennie Harris Puremovement Artists (2017): Modern/Hip-Hop Master Class Open to All Nc State Community Co-Presented with NC State LIVE Founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970, The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as “Philadanco!” has been celebrated worldwide for their innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in modern dance. Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) emerged over 20 years ago as a force on the hip-hop scene and the dance world at large, based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation.
David Roussève (Fall 2018): Guest Choreographer Choreographer/writer/director/filmmaker David Roussève is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has written, directed, and choreographed 14 full evening works for David Roussève/REALITY including three commissions for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. “Halfway to Dawn”, Roussève’s most recent work for REALITY explores the life and music of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. The evening-length work premiered in October 2018 at REDCAT in Los Angeles prior to national touring that includes REALITY’s return to the Next Wave Festival. Photo by Yi-Chun
Jennifer Tweel Kelly (Spring 2018): Alexander Technique Master Class Open to All NC State Community Jennifer is a certified AmSAT Alexander teacher (ATTC-C 2014). She earned a BA in Dance from James Madison University and spent many years exploring performance with the Zen Monkey Project in Charlottesville, VA. She is also a NASM certified Personal Trainer. Jennifer published an article on the benefits of the Technique in relation to the treatment and management of Multiple Sclerosis.
Urban Bush Women Artists (Spring 2018): Master Class Open to All NC State Community Co-Presented with NC State LIVE Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. UBW does this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.
Maurice Watson (Spring 2018): Choreography for the Panoramic Dance Project Maurice is a lecturer in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Maurice developed a strong sense of artistry that allowed him to dance and perform with companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Disney, Jazz Antiqua, Long Beach Ballet, and Holland America Cruise Line.
Britt Whitmoyer (Fall 2017): Advanced Contemporary Master Class Open to All Nc State Community Britt is the artistic director of bnw:dance who toured New York City, Richmond, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago and a filmmaker. Her screen work has been seen in Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Y’allywood Film Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, EnCore Dance on Film Festival, as well as several gallery exhibitions across the country.
Clarice Young (Spring 2018): Choreography for the Panoramic Dance Project Clarice Young joins is an associate professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG in Greensboro, NC. She came from the Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, where she was the rehearsal director. Young is also an original member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and former assistant who continues to work with the company as a guest artist. Her emerging choreographic works have been set on her alma mater, Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. senior solo work and at Dixon Place this March.