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Guest Artists

We greatly benefit from having both guest artists and choreographers come to the University each year to perform and set new pieces on the students, greatly enriching their experience here.  In the past, we have been honored to host such guests performers as Julie Kent, Guillaume Graffin, Illiana Lopez, Franklin Gamero, Jennifer Gelfand, and Alexei Lapshin. Our past guest choreographers have included Olivier Besson, Arturo Fernandez, and Donald McKayle.

Guest Artist


Christopher K. Morgan Christopher K. Morgan and Artists, A Contemporary Dance Company located in the D.C. area
Donald McKayle Professor of Dance at UC Irvine, Internationally renowned modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer
Keith Lee Founder and Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alyce Finwall Founder and Artistic Director of the Alyce Finwall Dance Theater residing in San Francisco, Calif.
Melinda Jackson and Michael Kessler Founders and Artistic Directors of the M&M American Dance Theatre
Mira Kingsley Associate Professor of Dance, University of California at Santa Barbara
Valentina Kozlova Former Company Member of the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet
Gemze de Lappe Choreographer and teacher, especially known for reconstructing the work of de Mille, Isadora Duncan and Jerome Robbins
Natalie Marrone Artistic Director of the Dance Cure
Sherone Price Principal Dancer with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble
Reginald Yates Dancer, choreographer and educator with extensive affiliations with Alvin Ailey, the Juilliard School and the New World School for the Arts among other prestigious dance institutions
Wesley Williams Jr. Former member of the Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, he is now the Artistic Director of Suah African Dance Theatre in Greensboro, NC.  Mr. Williams conducts residencies in Traditional West African Dance and Contemporary African Dance throughout the country.