Led by Laura Halzack, Webster Dance actively seeks guest artists, giving Webster dancers opportunities to work alongside national and international
Jazz Master Class with Co-Artistic Director of LEVELdance,
Eddy Ocampo, October 2015
Mr. Ocampo has danced with some of Chicago’s premiere dance companies as the Joel
Hall Dancers, River North Chicago Dance Company and Giordano Dance Chicago. Mr. Ocampo
has served as school director of the Giordano Dance Center, as well as the director
of Giordano II and the Giordano Merit Scholarship Program from 2000-2004. As a master
jazz teacher, he has taught in Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Russian Republic and throughout
the U.S. As a choreographer, Mr. Ocampo’s works can be seen on such companies as Giordano
Jazz Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Odyssey Dance Company, (Salt
Lake City), Thodos Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, (Detroit), Kannon Dance
(St. Petersburg, Russia), Lisa Clark Dancers (San Francisco, CA), and many regional
ballet companies across the U.S. Mr. Ocampo received the Outstanding Choreographer
Award for Dance Chicago in 2004 and the Cliff Dwellers’s Choreographer of the Year
in 2005 and 2007. He is the first recipient in the history of the foundation to have
ever received this honor twice. Eddy was also named as one of the best jazz dance
teachers in the country by Dance Spirit Magazine and has been featured in Dance Magazine,
Dance Spirit and Young Dancer Magazine, as well as numerous Chicago publications,
including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Sun Times and The Daily Herald.
Eddy is artistic director of Forum Dance Theatre, as well as co-director of LEVELdance,
a new Chicago based dance company, which will have its inaugural performance at the
Athenaeum Theatre in July 2013. Mr. Ocampo is the recipient of the 2005 Filipino American
of the Year Award, recognized as a pioneering artist in the field of dance.
Link to LEVELdance
Paul Taylor Dance Company Master Class,
sponsored by Dance St. Louis October 2015
The Paul Taylor Dance Company (featuring St. Louis native, Heather McGinley) kicked off the 50th Performance Season for Dance St. Louis. The first of four Master Classes sponsored by Dance St. Louis was led by Laura Halzackof Paul Taylor Dance Company on Webster University's campus in the Loretto-Hilton Center, Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance.
Link to Dance St. Louis Master Classes
Link to Paul Taylor Dance Company
Laura Halzack grew up in Suffield, Connecticut and began her dance training at the age of four with Brenda Barna. She furthered her training at The School of the Hartford Ballet and studied at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Ms. Halzack graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. She then studied at the Hartt School and at The Taylor School’s 2004 Summer Intensive. She has performed with the Amy Marshall Dance Company and Syren Modern Dance and has enjoyed teaching in her home state. Ms. Halzack studied at The Taylor School for two years before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company in Summer 2006.
Webster Dance Alum, Heather Sultz, Commencement Guest Speaker for Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
Heather Sultz is a performer, choreographer, and educator. She is an actor, working in film and
television, with work seen at film festivals including Sundance and the Berlin Film
Festival; a dancer, choreographer and director of SultzDance, creating theatrical
and site-specific live movement works; and director of Keyhole Residencies, an organization
connecting communities to their environments through movement exploration. Through
Keyhole, she has been invited to work with various organizations, including The American
Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, Evergreen Museum,
the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Frank Lloyd Wright site Fallingwater, and
has filmed a series of studies investigating the intersection of dance, image, and
environment. In addition to her own movement work, Sultz has also performed with dance companies
around the country and abroad. She holds an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University,
a BA in Dance from Webster University, has taught at numerous universities and schools,
and was founding Chair of the Department of Dance at Georgian Court University in
New Jersey. She teaches classes in Modern Dance Technique, Movement Improvisation,
Movement for Actors, Choreography, Repertory, and Creative Process. She now lives
in Los Angeles.
David Marchant presents Quadruped Workshop
David Marchant is Professor of the Practice, on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis
since 1994, specializing in aesthetic theory, technique, composition and improvisation
in the concert art of contemporary dance. He is the coordinator of the University
College Somatic Studies Certificate Program at Washington University, offering students a curriculum in integrative movement
practices, complimented by theoretical knowledge from a wide variety of fields investigating
the art, spirit, and science of human movement. Mr. Marchant is a certified teacher
of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society of Alexander Teachers ( AmSAT). He maintains a professional private teaching practice, instructing individuals
in the methods of F.M. Alexander for re-pattering of fundamental movement coordination.
David was a company member with the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre from 1989 to 1991. He was a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship for excellence in choreography from 1991 to 1993, while earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa. He is Co-Artistic Director of ZoMotion Arts with his wife, Holly Seitz Marchant, performing site-specific installations in natural environments, including tree-climbing as dance art form. In addition to his work as a choreographic artist, David is a recognized professional improvisational composer and performer, including contact improvisation, and has performed with notable artists such as Andrew Harwood and Chris Aiken.
David is an active professional artist and teacher, performing and conducting master classes and residencies at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He has been a guest at Movement Arts and Design in Europe (MADE) in France, Tsinghua University in Beijing China, Beijing Modern Dance Company, American Dance Festival, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, Chicago Academy of the Arts, Stephens College Winona State University, Purdue, University of Northern Colorado, Scripps and Pomona College.
Link to David Marchant at Washington University St. Louis
Cie. Käfig Master Class with Assistant Choreographer,
Astrid de Toledo, sponsored by Dance St. Louis
Astrid Takche de Toledo graduated in contemporary dance at the Angel Vianna School/Brazil and at the London
Contemporary Dance School. In 2006, she completed a degree in dance at the University
of Paris VIII. She practiced release technique, and Klein in the school of Trisha
Brown / New York, and contact improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith / Seattle.
In Brazil, she has collaborated and danced with Paula Nestorov for four years, participating among others from the Lyon Dance Biennial (2002). From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Toledo participated in the creation of Tanztheater Wuppertal work, following the Pina Bausch company. Since 2010, she has worked with cie Kafig as assistant choreographer for the pieces Correria/Agwa and Kafig Brasil.
Link to Article in Webster Today
Link to Dance St. Louis Master Classes
Link to Compagnie Käfig
Giordano Dance Master Class with Martin Ortiz Tapia
Artistic Director of The Big Muddy Dance Company,
Brian Enos Ballet Master Class
Brian Enos, originally from San Francisco, CA, began studying ballet at the age of 16. After
his training at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre and The Houston Ballet Academy, he was
invited to join the world renowned Houston Ballet at the age of 18. After several
years performing with Houston Ballet, Mr. Enos went on to dance for the acclaimed
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for eight years, before retiring from the stage in 2010.
He's danced leading roles in works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William
Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Bruce, among others. Mr.
Enos also has an impressive choreographic career spanning 14 years, with over 30 original
works, and glowing reviews from both critics and audiences throughout the United States
and abroad. Some of the companies on which he's created work include: Houston Ballet,
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met,Nashville Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos
Dance Chicago, and many more.
Succeeding the company's founder, Paula Young David, as the artistic leadership behind The Big Muddy Dance Company, Mr. Enos is always seeking to push the artistic and technical level of the company, cultivate diverse and engaging repertoire, and “invigorate life through dance”.
Link to The Big Muddy Dance Company
Tymberly Canale Choreography Residency with Co-Creator Linas Phillips
Tymberly Canale (Webster University Alum) is a dancer, actor, choreographer and educator and has collaborated
and performed with Big Dance Theater since 1995, recently performing alongside Mikhail
Baryshnikov in Man in a Case in a recent extensive United States tour. She received a 2010 New York Dance and
Performance Award (Bessie) for her role in Big Dance Theater’s Comme Toujour, Here I Stand. Canale received her MFA in Dance in 2009 from Hollins University/American Dance
Festival and has served on the faculty of Peridance/Capezio Certificate Program, University
of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, the American Dance Festival and Barnard
College. Her choreographic credits include I HATE F*** MEXICANS, written by Luis
Enrique Gutierrez Ortiz Monasterio, (directed by Danya Taymor), Brecht’s Play "A Respectable
Wedding" at New York University (directed by Karin Coonrod), and Tristan Tzara’s "The
Gas Heart" (for Big Dance Theater), as well as assisting in the off-Broadway Theater
for a New Audience production of John Ford’s The Broken Heart and assisting on the David Byrne/Alex Timbers/Annie-B Parson production of Here Lies Love.
Linas Phillips is an actor, writer and director mostly working in film and television. After graduating from NYU’s experimental theater wing in 1999, Linas spent many years performing comedy and theater in the New York “downtown” performance scene. In 2004 he co-created OUR LITTLE SUNBEAM with the Seattle based dance theater company 33 Fainting Spells which toured 9 cities across the country. In 2006 he premiered WALKING TO WERNER, his first feature length documentary about a walk he made from Seattle to Los Angeles in search of Werner Herzog. The film played at festivals around the world and landed him a spot in Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces in Independent Film.”
In 2008 he made GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD an experimental documentary about 9 homeless people which features each of the subjects reciting a famous speech from history. The Seattle Times called the film “A moving portrait of homelessness that's honest, respectful, heartbreaking yet brimming with humanity.” His first narrative feature film BASS ACKWARDS (which he wrote, directed and starred in) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Phillips’ eloquent images caress the landscape, and also the fascinating oddballs he finds there.” More recently Linas had guest starring roles on HBO’s EASTBOUND AND DOWN as well as The Duplass Brother’s new series TOGETHERNESS. Linas co-created DINOSAURS AND SEA HAWKS a dance film with Ezra Dickinson that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014. He co-wrote and stars in the upcoming film MANSON FAMILY VACATION which will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March of this year.
Article in Webster Today
Ballet Master Class with John Gardner
John Gardner was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and began his ballet training at the age of 12 with
Glen Ashton in Lafayette, and subsequently trained at the National Academy of Arts
in Champaign, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship
to American Ballet Theatre’s School at the age of 16 and joined ABT’s secondary company
three months later, in 1977. In 1978 he joined ABT’s main company and was promoted
to the rank of soloist in 1984. Gardner’s diverse repertoire included many soloist
and principal roles, representing an extensive range of styles and giving him the
opportunity to work with some of the great ballet choreographers of the 20th century,
including Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and George Balanchine.
In 1991 Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, affording him the opportunity to work closely with choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch and Martha Graham. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with the White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Asia and South America.
He returned to ABT in 1995, where he danced a wide variety of roles with the company until 2002. In 2000, Gardner, together with his wife Amanda McKerrow, began working for the Antony Tudor Trust, staging and coaching his superlative ballet,The Leaves Are Fading, around the country.
During the course of his career, Gardner has achieved an excellent reputation as a master teacher and coach for ballet on both the professional and student levels, and has staged numerous ballets for professional companies and schools across the United States.
RAWdance Choreography Residency
Formed in 2004, RAWdance aims to perform works which expose an intimate, honest core, the essence of our relationships
Committed to driven, visceral movement, the company explores the
power and vulnerability of the human body. RAWdance, envisioned by co-founders Ryan
T. Smith and Wendy Rein, strives to craft pieces balancing dance with theatrical elements
and athletic movement with intellectual themes.
Ryan received his BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University, performing in works choreographed by artists such as Carla Maxwell, Danny Buraczeski, Anthony Rizzi, and Danny Grossman. A co-founder of RCJ Dance in Providence, he has always been supportive of the beauty of collaborative projects. Since moving to SF, Ryan has been blessed with the chance to work with artists such as Alma Esperanza Cunningham and Stephen Pelton, and to be a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.
A native New Yorker, Wendy has been dancing and breaking furniture since age 3. With a BA from Brown University, she worked with Misnomer Dance Theater before jumping coasts and co-founding RAWdance. Locally, Wendy has had the privilege of dancing with artists including Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Maxine Moerman, Nancy Karp, Mary Carbonara, Todd Eckert, and Deborah Slater. She has worked on dozens of dance film projects with RJ Muna, and teaches through Rhythm & Motion.
Article in Webster Today
Link to RAWdance
Dance Theatre of Harlem Master Class with Virginia Johnson, sponsored by Dance St.
Virginia Johnson returned to Dance Theatre of Harlem as artistic director having been a founding member
and principal dancer.
Born in Washington, DC, Johnson graduated from the Academy of the Washington School of Ballet. She briefly attended the School of the Arts at New York University as a University Scholar before joining DTH in 1969. During her 28 years with the company she performed most of the repertoire, with principal roles in Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brillante, Agon, A Streetcar Named Desire, Fall River Legend, Swan Lake, Giselle, Voluntaries, Les Biches among others.
Her choreographic credits include the television film, Ancient Voices of Children in which she danced and an early, self-produced solo concert for Rae Metzger’s Concert Socials. Later choreographic works include ballets created for Goucher College, Dancers Respond to AIDS, the Second Annual Harlem Festival of the Arts, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center and Marymount Manhattan College, where she was also an adjunct professor. The latter two projects were an outgrowth of Dancers Making Dances, a collaborative choreographic project with former DTH colleagues, Judy Tyrus and Melanie Person.
Her honors include a Young Achiever Award from the National Council of Women, Outstanding Young Woman of Americaand the Dance Magazine Award, a Pen and Brush Achievement Award and the Washington Performing Arts Society’s 2008-2009 Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2009 Martha Hill Fund Mid-Career Award. Highlights of her guest appearances include a tour of Australia with Stars of World Ballet, several appearances at various International Festivals of Dance in Havana Cuba, and with the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House in London. Her commitment to community service is maintained through volunteer assignments with New York Cares.
Article in Webster Today
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Link to Dance Theatre of Harlem