Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Susan Jaffe
Susan Jaffe

Dean, UNCSA School of Dance
Choreographic Institute Professional Residency
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Catherine Miller
Catherine Miller*

Director, UNCSA Summer Dance
Former Doug Varone and Dancers
Former New York City Opera Ballet
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty


Brenda DanielsBrenda Daniels

Associate Dean, UNCSA School of Dance
Former AD Brenda Daniels Dance Company
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Brenda Daniels is Associate Dean for the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she also holds the Betsy Friday Distinguished Professorship in Contemporary Dance. She has received two UNCSA Excellence in Teaching awards and has been a recipient of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts’ “Class Acts – Best practices in Arts Education” honor. She joined the UNCSA faculty in 1995 and has also served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival (2001-2014). She was artistic director of her own company, Brenda Daniels Dance Company, from 1985 to 1995. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, her choreography has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, and St. Mark’s Church. Brenda Daniels has a BFA in Dance from Purchase College and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University.


Jared RedickJared Redick*

Assistant Dean UNCSA School of Dance
Former Boston Ballet Soloist
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

 

 

 


Larry Keigwin

Larry Keigwin

Artistic Director Keigwin + Company
BESSIE award winner
UNCSA Summer Dance Guest Faculty

Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals around the world. KEIGWIN + COMPANY presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance on a myriad of stages including, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, among others. Since his company’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created dozens of dances for himself and his dancers, as well as for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for the 2011 production of the musical “Tales of the City” at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the off-Broadway production of “Rent,” for which he received the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. In 2013, Keigwin choreographed the Broadway musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel.

Keigwin has designed and choreographed special events including “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show” in New York, which was produced by Vogue magazine and featured more than 150 of the industry’s top models. Keigwin also has mounted several versions of Bolero, his acclaimed large-scale community project that has been commissioned by 12 communities across the country. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps” and Julie Taymor’s “The Magic Flute,” in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in “Dream Analysis”), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve.  He appeared in the Broadway show “Dance of the Vampires”, the Off-Broadway show “The Wild Party” and the Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated film “Across the Universe.” He is a co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to young, emerging choreographers. Keigwin is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.


Maggie Wright Tesch

Maggie Wright Tesch

University of Utah Faculty
Former Ballet West Principal
UNCSA Summer Dance Guest Faculty

Maggie Wright Tesch retired from her 18-year career with Ballet West in 2006. She spent 12 years as a Principal Artist and was noted for her versatility transitioning from classical ballet into Balanchine-style works and contemporary ballets with equal acclaim. In 2003 she completed a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and her Polestar Pilates Certification that included 750 training hours. In 2006, she was invited to teach ballet technique, pointe and Pilates based conditioning at the Department of Ballet as an Adjunct Professor. Promoted to Associate Professor/Lecturer in 2012 she continues as one of the primary instructors for many of the university’s undergraduate studio courses. Maggie is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teaching Training Intensive in Primary-Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Her teaching has expanded to include Ballet and Pointe Methodology as well the Teaching Practicums. She is the primary author of the Ballet Program’s Steps of Study that is used in leveling and grading the students.

She is experienced in staging a variety of works from all genres for the department and is particularly passionate supporting opportunities for dancers to perform in historical works. She is continually sought after for coaching for which she has been noted:

“It was clear they had received the kind of excellent care and coaching from Tesch that artists welcome. By this I mean coaching in style, approach (what to think, feel, anticipate in each phrase or section), and overall interpretation. (Dean Speer)

She mentors and prepares dancers for performances and select competitions. She has coached dancers for both the Prix de Lausanne, YAGP and in June 2012, a dancer she coached was awarded 3rd prize in the Beijing International Ballet Invitational and another placed Top 12.

She has been awarded 4 grants and regularly sits on both College and School of Dance committees. In 2012 she developed a year-round Joint Trainee program in conjunction with Ballet West’s Professional Training Division. Demonstrating her commitment to providing opportunities for her students and community to receive the most current teacher training, she arranged for the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum to be presented on campus in June of 2014 and again in March of 2017! She also has become certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique which works holistically to train dancers out of damaging habits and improve over all stability.


Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett

Atlanta Ballet Resident Choreographer
Honorary Doctorate UNCSA
Choreographic Institute Development Residency Mentor

Born in San Diego, Calif., Helen Pickett studied dance in her hometown and at The San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Lew Christensen, Michael Smuin and Helgi Tomasson. 

In 2016, she marked her tenth year as a choreographer, creating more than 30 ballets in the United States and Europe. Since 2012, she has been resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet. She won the Best Choreographer and Best Dance Production of Atlanta in 2015. In 2014 she was named Best Choreographer in Atlanta for her ballet The Exiled. Pickett premiered her first full-length ballet, Camino Real, by Tennessee Williams in 2015.

In 2005, Pickett received her first choreographic commission from Boston Ballet. The New York Choreographic Institute awarded her a Fellowship Initiative Grant in 2006. In the same year and through 2008, she choreographed for Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Ballet X. In 2007, Dance Magazine named her one of 25 to Watch. She received a Choreographic Residency from Jacob’s Pillow in 2008. Pickett was one of the first choreographers to receive the Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works Grant. From 2009 through 2011, she created new ballets for Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Pickett has collaborated as an actress and choreographer with installation video artists and filmmakers including Eve Sussman, Toni Dove and Laurie Simmons. A founding member of Eve Sussman’s The Rufus Corporation, Pickett created the role of the Queen in 89 Seconds at Alcazar, which was shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and now is in the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2007, she acted in Sussman’s feature-length film, The Rape of the Sabine Women. She choreographed the bubble dance and played Sally Rand in Toni Dove's video installation and feature film, Spectopia. Pickett choreographed the dance sequences for Laurie Simmons’“The Music of Regret, which had its world premiere in 2006 at Museum of Modern Art in New York.

For more than a decade Pickett performed with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. During her last season with Ballett Frankfurt, she simultaneously performed with The Wooster Group directed by Elizabeth Le Compte. She acted with the Group for five non-consecutive years in the OBIE Award-winning House/Lights and North Atlantic. In 2005, she returned to the speaking role Agnes as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet of Flanders in William Forsythe’s Impressing the Czar. In 2009, Impressing the Czar received the Laurence Olivier Award and, in 2012, the Prix de la Critique Award for outstanding performance of the year. In 2015, Pickett performed the role with Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany.

In 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University. For her master’s thesis, she collaborated with Christopher Janney, a sound and light architect.


Trish Casey

Trish Casey*

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former Pauline Koner Dance
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

A graduate of UNCSA (B.F.A.) and New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A.), Trish has served on the contemporary faculty of the School of Dance for 28 years. Trish danced with the companies of Pauline Koner, Don Redlich and Marcia Plevin. She has enjoyed teaching in university and conservatory settings around the world as well as leading creativity-based workshops for choreographers, dance educators, professional dancers and non-dancers throughout the States. Highlights of her time at UNCSA include the production of a dance film, “Surrendering in A Champion’s World, with co-director and former film faculty Arledge Armenaki along with several other colleagues in the Schools of Filmmaking and Design & Production, as well as other in-class collaborations with colleagues across the campus, including the Division of Liberal Arts. Trish has been honored with two UNCSA Excellence in Teaching awards in her time here as well as the distinguished UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. She remains a strong and active advocate for campus-wide shared governance.

She has studied with the late Andre Bernard [Ideo-Kinesis], Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body-Mind Centering), Iyengar Yoga and continues professional development by studying with Irene Dowd (Juilliard faculty, Functional Anatomy and Neuromuscular Re-education). She is currently a Healing Touch apprentice with plans for certification. She wishes to acknowledge all of the extraordinary teachers, mentors and students who have shaped the breadth and depth of her love of teaching.


Fanchon CordellFanchon Cordell

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former American Ballet Theatre
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Fanchon Cordell received a full traineeship at Harkness Ballet, where she studied under David Howard and Maria Vegh in New York City. She began her professional career with Ballet Repertory Company and Eglevsky Ballet. As a member of American Ballet Theatre, she performed soloist roles in such ballets as Swan Lake, Giselle and Concerto, Les Patineurs, and has worked with choreographers Balanchine, Baryshnikov, de Mille, Tetley, Tudor and Tharp. During this time she continued her studies with various New York-based teachers. She has appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center series. She has also participated in training in the following areas: Pilates, Gyrotonics, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Cecchetti Council of America and is certified in American Ballet Theatre’s teacher training curriculum. Fanchon is the recipient of a UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wake Forest University and as guest faculty for the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association. She joined the UNCSA School of Dance faculty in 1983, after teaching two UNCSA Summer Sessions.


Natalie Desch

Former Doug Varone and Dancers
Former Limón Dance Company
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Natalie Desch, Juilliard B.F.A., University of Washington M.F.A., is a teaching artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She performed for five seasons with the Limón Dance Company and for 11 seasons with Doug Varone and Dancers in NYC and was a faculty member at Hunter College from 2005-2012. Natalie has taught extensively at various NYC studios, including the Limón Institute, Peridance, Dance New Amsterdam, and the 92nd Street Y amongst others. She has been on faculty at summer intensives which include those of the Limón and Varone companies, the Bates Dance Festival, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, Ririe-Woodbury’s Move-It workshop, and Ballet West Academy and was guest faculty at Weber State University in 2015. Natalie has staged the works of Varone, Limón, and Jiri Kylián on companies and universities around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the country. In 2008, she earned her yoga certification from YogaWorks NYC. Natalie currently teaches for Ballet West Academy, Utah Valley University and Westminster College in the Salt Lake City area.


Matthew Donnell

Matthew Donnell*

Director, UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program
Former Kansas City Ballet Soloist
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty 

Matthew C. Donnell, a native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, is the Director of the Preparatory Dance Program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he also received his early childhood and formal training. After graduating from UNCSA in 1999, he trained at the Rock School in Philadelphia, and while there, he performed with Pennsylvania Ballet and placed second regionally in the inaugural season of Youth America Grand prix. From there, he enjoyed a ten-year career with the Kansas City Ballet, where he performed soloist and principal roles by the great ballet and contemporary masters to critical acclaim, and was named “30 under 30 artists to watch” by the Kansas City Star. Following his time in Kansas City, he moved to New York City to focus on acting. His theater credits include Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Kansas City New Theatre (where he also served as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer), Houston Theatre Under the Stars, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

Together with partner Alana Niehoff, he wrote, produced and performed in his first one-man clown/physical comedy show, The Chapeau Show, in NYC—benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His silent short film series, The Adventures of Jim, has been screened in film festivals based out of Winston-Salem and Los Angeles. He is a contributing writer for the online publication DIY Dancer, and currently sits on the board of governors for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union that represents ballet and opera performers. As an instructor he has taught for and rehearsed professional ballet companies and schools across the country including UNCSA, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, The University of Alabama, Kansas City Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, and Alabama Dance Theatre. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.


Eva DrawEva Draw

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former Moscow City Ballet Principal
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Eva Draw received her ballet training at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet School and the State Academy of Theatrical Arts in Russia. Since her graduation from the Ballet School in 1979, she has enjoyed a successful career as a principal dancer with the Moscow City Ballet, the Stanislavsky Ballet and the Israel Ballet. During this timeshe toured extensively, performing in countries such as Japan, Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt and the United States.

Eva immigrated to Canada in 1993, and was accepted into the Teacher Training Program for professional dancers at NBS a year later. Upon her graduation in 1995, she joined NBS as an artistic staff member where she currently teaches ballet and is a senior student advisor. Eva has been a guest teacher at ballet schools throughout Canada and the United States, and has most recently taught at the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at the Nordic Seminar in Helsinki, Finland. She has also been a judge at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. Eva is an Associate member of both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Cecchetti association.


Dayna FoxDayna Fox

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former North Carolina Dance Theater Principal
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty 

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dayna Fox, first arrived at the School of the Arts in 1977 to join the North Carolina Dance Theater, where she was a featured dancer for ten years. Under the direction of Robert Lindgren and Salvatore Aiello, NCDT, she performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad, including appearances at Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and at the the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. During her tenure, Dayna performed soloist and principal roles in an eclectic repertoire including works by Salvatore Aiello, George Balanchine, Senta Driver, Vicente Nebrada, Lambros Lambrou and Charles Czarny.

In 1989, she was appointed director of UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Program, an after-school pre-professional training program, which prepares 3rd - 8th grade students for the School of Dance. She held this post for 25 years, while also teaching for the high school and college divisions. Dayna earned her B.F.A. from UNCSA in 1999 and was appointed to the full-time ballet faculty in 2007. She has been serving on the UNCSA Summer School faculty since 1990. 


Douglas Gawriljuk

Douglas Gawriljuk

Former Miami City Ballet Principal
Former Ballet Du Nord
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Born in Brazil, Gawriljuk was trained by his father, Ruslan Gawriljuk, and The Royal Academy of Dancing, where he graduated in 1986. From 1988-1990, Gawriljuk attended the School of American Ballet in New York, under a full scholarship. Throughout his career as a professional dancer, Gawriljuk’s performance repertoire included the classics, most of the Balanchine repertory, and contemporary works by today’s leading choreographers with many noted ballet companies around the world. As a professional dancer, Gawriljuk danced for 20 years with several dance companies around the world, Ballet Du Nord in France, Basel Ballet in Switzerland as a Soloist, as a Principal Dancer at the Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Maximum Dance Company (where he also worked as a Ballet Master), and Ballet Florida where he retired from his dancing career. In recent years, Gawriljuk has taught master classes and has been on the faculty for various schools and academies throughout the United States and abroad. Included among them are: Douglas Andersen School of Arts, Ballet Pacifica, The School of Dulce Anaya, Southern Dance Theater, Gulfshore Ballet, Ballet Ruslan in Brazil, and the Virginia School of the Arts as a guest teacher.

From 2010 to 2012 he joined the dance faculty at UNCSA. During his time with UNCSA Mr. Gawriljuk taught Ballet to all levels, ballet partnering, character and variations. He also served as Ballet Master for The Nutcracker, and also performed the role of “Herr Drosselmeyer” in 2010, Mr. Gawriljuk also served as the Artistic Supervisor over the production from 2011 to 2014. He also was part of co-directing Swan Lake Act II production for the final UNCSA School of Dance spring concert and co-directed the UNCSA summer program in 2011 for the School of Dance and for the 2012 UNCSA Comprehensive Dance Intensive. Where he continues to teach for the Summer Programs. Since the end of Summer 2012 he moved back to Florida, where he works as a teacher, choreographer for various schools. In 2013 he started a Summer Program in New Orleans for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. In September 2014 he became the co-Director of the School of Ballet Arts and the Arts Dance Generation, and also was invited to teach company class at The Royal New Zealand Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Ethan Stiefel.


Marife Gimenez

Marife Gimenez

Former Miami City Ballet Principal
Former National Ballet of Caracas
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Born in Venezuela, Marife started her ballet studies in 1982 at the Fanny Montiel School of Ballet in Caracas. Her repertoire includes the classics, Balanchine and contemporary works by today’s leading choreographers. Her professional career began at the age of fourteen with The National Ballet of Caracas under the Artistic Direction of Vicente Nebrada, where she was awarded by the Venezuelan Government with the “Jose Felix Rivas Medal” for her outstanding artistic achivements. In 1995 she moved to Miami Florida to join the Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer directed by Edward Villella. She has also worked for Maximum Dance Company under the direction of Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer and from 2006- 2009 she danced for Ballet Florida under the artistic direction Marie Hale. In 2001–2002–2003 she was nominated the best female dancer in south Florida by the Sun Post. She has worked as a guest artist in different dance projects in Europe, China, and various countries in South America as well as the US.

In the past few years, Marife has given master classes around the nation—being invited by several ballet schools such as Gulfsore Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, School of Dulce Anaya, Cary Conservatory, Southwest Virginia Ballet and the UNCSA School of Dance. In 2010 and 2011 Ms Gimenez was invited to teach for the UNCSA School of Dance summer intensive, where she also choreographed two pieces for the workshop performances. Marife became a member of the School of Ballet Arts faculty in West Palm Beach in 2012, and also works as a teacher and guest choreographer for other schools in south Florida and teaches as a guest for summer intensives throughout the United States.


Laura Guiterrez

Laura Gutierrez*

Jonah Bokaer Company
Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist, choreographer and teacher based in Houston between her travels and projects. Laura is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from UNCSA. She was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and was named one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch” in 2014. Her choreography has been shared in Houston and New York. She has performed works by Joan Jonas, Tino Sehgal, Jane Weiner and Roise Trump, among others. She has worked with Jonah Bokaer since 2012, most recently having toured with him to the American Dance Institute, Soluna Festival, Brisbane Festival, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Guggenheim Museum and BAM 2016 Next Wave.


Roger Jeffrey

Roger C. Jeffrey

Former Twyla Tharp Company
Former Metropolitan Opera Ballet
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Roger C. Jeffrey was born and raised in New York City, where he began his training at Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, he received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Roger has performed in the companies of Bernice Johnson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Obediah Wright, Earl Mosley, Zvi Gotheiner, Twyla Tharp, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. He has also worked with Dudley Williams, Eleo Pomare, Otis Sallid, Debbie Allen, Danny Tidwell, Ayodele Casel, D'bi. Young, Rasta Thomas, Doug Varone, Richard Move and Mark Dendy. Roger is a NYC-based freelance choreographer/director. He is currently a visiting professor at George Mason University & Stonybrook University.

Inspired by his mentor Kevin Iega Jeff, Roger began to explore his artistic potential as both an instructor and choreographer at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, Edge School of the Arts, South Shore Dance Alliance, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Peridance Center, American Ballet Theatre/Make a Ballet Program, Joffrey Concert Group, Studio Harmonic, Elisa King and Dancers, CityDance Ensemble, Camille Brown and Dancers, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Dario Varcaro Dance Project, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Philadanco!, BalletX, Collage Dance Collective, Verb Ballets, New York Hip-Hop Festival, Ballet Arabesque, La Companyia, International Festival of Bennicassim and various conservatories and universities. 

He has choreographed and/or directed various theatrical productions, including Oraltorio featuring Motion & DJ L'Oqenz, Death of the Diva featuring Amanda Seales, The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely featuring Ngozi Paul, Blood Claat featuring D'bi. Young, Gemini Rising and Da Kink in my Hair featuring Angie Stone, Melanie Fiona and Terri Vaughn to name a few. He is also the artistic consultant for Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance and associate artistic director of Dawn Branch Works. In 1997, Roger founded Subtle Changes, Inc., a nonprofit artist collective committed to the presentation, development, and exposure of the arts. The company has presented work for Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Central Park SummerStage Harlem, E- Moves/Aaron Davis Hall, Judson Church, P.S. 122, DanceNow Festival, Theatre of the Riverside Church, JoyceSoho, Dance Theater Workshop, Back Yard Dance Project, Bric and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out among others. He is also the co- founder & co-ceo of BOUNCE dance, vocal, drama convention & competition.   


Logan Kruger

Logan Kruger

Limón Dance Company Principal
Former Shen Wei Dance Arts
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Logan Frances Kruger hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malavé, and went on to receive a B.F.A. in dance from The Juilliard School. Professionally, Logan has performed in theaters across five continents, working with choreographers such as Adam H. Weinert, Jonathan Fredrickson and Jonah Bokaer, and with the company Shen Wei Dance Arts. Logan joined the Limón Dance Company in 2009, where she is a principal dancer, and has performed featured roles in works by José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Rodrigo Pederneiras, and Kate Weare. As a teacher, Logan has worked with students of all ages and levels in North and South America, Europe and Africa, and is currently on faculty at the Limón Institute at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. 


Ashley Lindsey

Ashley Lindsey*

Former Limón Dance Company
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty
UNCSA Summer Dance CDI Faculty

Ashley Lindsey is a NYC-based choreographer, dancer, teacher and creative director. He is a graduate of UNCSA, under the direction of Susan McCullough. Ashley has been a member of the Limón Dance company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Helen Simoneau Dance and Jessica Gaynor Dance Company. He has had the honor of performing through out the United States, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, China and Mexico. Other Professional achievements include performing the film “Bolden” as well as commercials for Target, ESPN, Skype and Dental Works. He as also appeared in music videos for Scott Matthews' “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and Asgier’s “King and Cross.” Ashley’s choreography includes both concert and commercial dance projects. He recently work as assistant choreographer to 3 time Tony award-winner Hinton Battle on his show Danzze Dreams. His own choreography can be seen in the short film “Drilling Holes into the Sun.” He has also worked as a movement coach to super model Miranda Kerr for a series of proctor and gamble commercials.

Ashley has created works for UNCSA, UNC Greensboro and numerous dance companies throughout the United States and Bermuda. In 2012 he founded Ashley Lindsey Dance a contemporary dance company. The company has since performed in various festivals through NYC including the Capezio Ace Awards, Reverb International Dance Festival, Pushing Progress and White Wave. His teaching credits include: Guest Faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, NYCDA summer intensive, and Joffery Ballet summer intensive. As well as master classes at Duke University, American Dance Festival ( Samuel H. Scripps Studio) Steps On Broadway, and Elon University.


Laura Martin

Laura Martin

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former American Ballet Theatre
Former The Phantom of the Opera
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Laura Martin has served UNCSA since 2010 and is currently an assistant professor. She was trained primarily at The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day, with additional training at The Joffrey School and The Chautauqua Institute. Laura went on to join The Washington Ballet, Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, where she danced the works of choreographers such as Balanchine, Tudor, DeMille, Tharp, Taylor and Graham, as well as most of the classical ballets. Following ABT, shewas invited to join the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera. She finds that teaching at UNCSA provides incredibly rewarding opportunities that continue to deepen her perspective of ballet. Most recently, she was honored to be invited to assist Dean Jaffe with the staging of Natalia Makarova’s full length production of “La Bayadère” for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


Alana Niehoff

Alana Niehoff

Associate Director, UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program
Former American Ballet Theatre II
Former Radio City Rockettes
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Alana Niehoff, a native of Aurora, Colorado, is the Associate Director of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Preparatory Dance Program. As a child she trained and tested in the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti, and Vaganova Ballet Techniques. In 1998, at the age of 15, she was one of four Americans chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. Upon arrival home, she was invited by Wes Chapman to join the Alabama Ballet, where she performed soloist and principal roles. Following her time in Alabama, she was selected by John Meehan to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York City. While there, she also performed with the main company during their Metropolitan Opera Season. After ABT, she became one of the World Famous Radio City Rockettes and performed with the company for eleven years. As a Rockette, she appeared on various national television shows and was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine.

Additionally, Alana has performed with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in Colorado and alongside stars such as Liza Minnelli, Richard Simmons, Tim Gunn, Jane Lynch and the Cast of Ugly Betty. She received her acting training at T. Schreiber, and William Esper Studios in NYC, and appeared in the world premier of Maury Yeston's Hans Christian Andersen with Maine State Music Theatre. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has taught and choreographed across the United States for almost two decades. 


Sara Procopio

Sara Procopio

Jonah Bokaer Company
Former Shen Wei Dance Arts
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Sara Procopio is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, educator and arts manager. Since 2012 she has performed in the work of choreographer and media artist, Jonah Bokaer. Sara is a founding company member and former Artistic Associate of Shen Wei Dance Arts. From 2001-2012 her work with Shen Wei included originating roles in 10 works, performing and teaching at renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. She has taught internationally at the Korea International Dance Festival in Seoul and the Paolo Grassi School of Milan, as well as at colleges and universities across the United States, including Rutgers University, Middlebury College, Hollins University and Marymount Manhattan College. Sara has served as adjunct faculty at The University of the Arts since 2011, faculty at the American Dance Fes­tival since 2008 and currently serves as Assistant Director in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts.  


Frank SmithFrank Smith

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former American Ballet Theatre Soloist
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty 

 

 

 


Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former Limon Dance Company Soloist
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Sean Sullivan, a faculty member of the School of Dance at UNCSA since 1998, is currently the Assistant Dean of the Contemporary Dance Program. A former dancer with the Limón Dance Company from 1991-96, Sean continues to serve the Limón Institute as a teacher and reconstructor of Limón repertory. For the UNCSA School of Dance, he has staged and directed José Limón’s masterworks The Unsung, A Choreographic Offering, Concerto Grosso, and selections from Missa Brevis, There is a Time, and Mazurkas. He has also staged Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Colin Connor’s Requiem for the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Throughout his career, Sean has choreographed 23 original works. He has twice received the UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2010 received a UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also been a four-time recipient of the UNCSA Career Development Grant.

For the North Carolina community, Sean has served the North Carolina Arts Council as a dance panelist and site evaluator. He was a board member and vice-president of the North Carolina Dance Alliance for four years. Sean holds a B.F.A. from California State University at Long Beach and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is married to the beautiful B.J. Sullivan. Together, they teach and choreograph throughout the United States and abroad, and have a lovely 8-year-old daughter named Lennon.


Jennet Zerbe

Jennet Zerbe

UNCSA School of Dance Faculty
Former American Ballet Theatre
UNCSA Summer Dance Classical Ballet Faculty

Jennet Zerbe brings studied regard and intuitive understanding of classical ballet to her students.  Zerbe trained at The Royal Ballet School in London and as a professional, studied with Gilbert Mayer of the Paris Opera Ballet, Georgina Parkinson of the Royal Ballet and Elena Tchernichova from the Kirov. Zerbe danced for eight years with American Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She appeared in soloist roles in the classical ballets of ABT’s repertoire, as well as in a diverse range of works from George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan, to Merce Cunningham. After ABT, Zerbe earned her B.A. from Wellesley College. She participated in the launch of the teacher training program at the JKO School at ABT, becoming an ABT® Certified Teacher for all levels, and earned her Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.

Zerbe sought additional teacher training with Nancy and Murray Kilgour in Canada, and proudly carries these pedagogical giants into her work at every opportunity. In addition to teaching both students and professionals, Zerbe has coached and juried competitions, and has served as Ballet Mistress in professional schools and companies. Since joining UNCSA faculty in 2014, she has acted as Ballet Mistress for Susan Jaffe, Natalia Makarova, Ethan Stiefel and Margaret Barbieri in staging ballets for UNCSA students. Zerbe shares an artistic viewpoint and a developed, intellectual perspective in the classroom. She believes careful, rigorous training in classical ballet techniques will yield incisive, versatile dancers for the stage today.


Kira Ziaii

Kira Blazek Ziaii

UNCSA School of Dance faculty
Former Shen Wei Dance Arts
UNCSA Summer Dance Contemporary Dance Faculty

Kira Blazek is an American performer, choreographer, and educator. In 2007, she began dancing for Hubbard Street 2 (Chicago), performing works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Edward Liang, Christian Spuck, and worked closely with choreographers Yarden Ronen, Julian Barnett, Janice Lancaster, and Amy Raymond. After two seasons with HS2, she relocated to New York City, where she danced for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, becoming both rehearsal director and company manager. Additional professional credits include dancing works of: Christopher Williams, Sally Silvers, Bill Young, Pilobolus Creative Services, anoukvandijkdc (Netherlands), and Susan Marshall among others. From 2011-2013, she danced for Shen Wei Dance Arts, performing Rite of Spring, Limited States,and Near the Terrace, as well as participating in the creation and performances of Undivided Divided. Blazek performed collaboratively under direction of Ryan McNamara at the Whitney Museum and MoMA PS1. She also toured with Phantom Limb Company’s production of 69°South, as both dancer and puppeteer.

In New York, Blazek began making her own work, which has appeared at Dixon Place, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, Location One, Douglas Dunn Studios, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, and was featured in the music video for Beach House’s Lazuli.  She was honored to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, where she created the trio Zorya. Her work has been presented regionally in Sarasota, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Austin, and Los Angeles. Kira holds a BFA from Oklahoma University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Blazek is one of six Americans certified by Anouk van Dijk to teach Countertechnique. Kira guested with anoukvandijkdc in the New York premier of SHOT, as part of the New Island Festival. She studied periodically with her company in Amsterdam as well as taking the One Body/One Career Intensive in 2006, 2009. In 2012, Blazek became a certified teacher, and has taught workshops around the country, including classes for professional companies such as Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Diavolo, and BODYTRAFFIC. She is now on faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.