Guest Artists

Webster Dance actively seeks guest artists, giving Webster dancers opportunities to work alongside national and international professionals.

Master Class and Discussion on Race and Gender in the Performing Arts
February 2016

bebe miller

Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, first performed her choreography at NYC’s Dance Theater Workshop in 1978, after receiving her MA in Dance from OSU in 1975; she formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985. Known for its mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers across the country and internationally in Europe and the African continent.
Her work has been commissioned by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Philadanco, Ailey II, and the UK’s Phoenix Dance Company, among others. She has been honored with four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie’s,” fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2010.
http://www.webster.edu/images/fine-arts/dance/sallybliss.jpgA Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University since 2000, Bebe is a Distinguished Professor in OSU’s College of Arts and Humanities and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009. In 2012 she was designated as one of the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists, a program of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Performing Artist Awards. Most recently, she was honored by Movement Research as an honoree for their http://www.webster.edu/images/fine-arts/dance/sallybliss.jpg2015 Gala along with Tere O’Connor and Moira Brennan. Bebe currently lives in Columbus, OH.
http://bebemillercompany.org

"A Conversation with Sally Bliss"
February 2016

sally blissBorn in London, England, to Canadian parents, Bliss grew up in Canada and danced with the National Ballet of Canada from 1956 until moving to New York in 1962. She performed as a guest artist with the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, and was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. In 1969, she co-founded and subsequently served until 1986 as artistic director of The Joffrey II Dancers. Since 1969, she has also been a master teacher, guest lecturer, and adjudicator of dance festivals throughout the United States and Canada. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed her for a six-year term to the National Council on the Arts.
Upon Antony Tudor’s death in 1987, Bliss was named Trustee of the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, created to license the rights to his dances and to stage them in a manner that preserves their style and integrity. Under her leadership, the Tudor Trust has become known throughout the international dance community for its distinctive generosity in enabling not only large-scale, world-renowned ballet companies but smaller, regional companies and university dance programs to learn and perform Tudor’s works. At this point there is a special committee creating the Antony Tudor Dance Studies ProgramSally Brayley Bliss left NYC in 1995 to become Executive Director of Dance St. Louis and was named Executive Director Emeritus after 11 years of service. She shaped Dance St. Louis’ destiny for longer than any other executive director since the not-for-profit dance presenter was founded in 1966. Among her accomplishments since she became executive director in May 1995 were widely expanding Dance St. Louis’ education and outreach programs, and establishing the organization’ s first in depth fundraising programs including an endowment, as well as maintaining an unbroken tradition of bringing extraordinary dance to St. Louis audiences.
In recognition for her contribution to her profession, the Canadian Women’s Club of New York City honored her as Woman of the Year in 1988. In May 1992 Bliss was honored by The Dance Notation Bureau of New York as the recipient of the Bureau’s Tenth Annual Service Award. Bliss has served extensively on many Boards of Directors, including: The Board of theJoffrey Ballet; Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina School of the Arts; Board of Trustees of New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire; Advisory Board of the Kathryn and Gilbert Miller Health Institute for Performing Artists (NY); and the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. Ms. Bliss has also served on the boards of Dance USA, Regional Dance America, the Dance Notation Bureau, and the National Society of Arts & Letters, St. Louis Chapter and is an Honorary Member of the Corps de Ballet International
Ms. Bliss has received local recognition for her work in Missouri: the 2000 YWCA St. Louis “Academy for Leaders” award; under her leadership Dance St. Louis received the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis’ 2001 “Excellence in the Arts”; the 2006 Missouri Arts Council’s “Leadership in the Arts” award given by the Governor; the 2010 Grand Center “Visionary Lifetime Achievement Honorary” award; and the 2011 Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri “Girls & Women of Distinction for Remarkable Achievement in Creative Arts” award.
Link to Article in Webster Today
The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust


Spring Choreography Residency, José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc. 
Roxane D'Orleans Juste sets "There Is A Time"

January 2016

roxaneRoxane D’Orleans Juste is a native of Montreal and of Haitian origins. She graduated from Toronto’s National Ballet School Teacher training program and pursued her classical ballet training in Europe and moved to New York to begin her professional performing career. In New York Ms. D’Orleans Juste joined the Eleo Pomare Dance Company in 1981, performed and toured with Annabelle Gamson Dance Solos and with the Limon Dance Company since 1983. With the continued support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Foundation for creation in fine arts, Ms. Juste has founded “en Solo” a platform for her own choreography and specially commissioned works by internationally renowned choreographers. “En Solo “concerts have been presented in Canada, Germany, the United States and in South America. Ms. Juste was named choreographer in residence for the company Coreoarte in Caracas, Venezuela and now serves as co-chair of the board since 2014. 
An active master teacher she stages and directs the dances of Jose Limon for companies and ensembles around the world as well as directs the Limon Teachers Program this year at the Palucca School in Dresden Germany and in its third year in Montreal. For the Limon Foundation she has instituted LINKS and Limon 4Kids, two free of costs programs dedicated to bring dance to young students from performing arts school programs in New York City as well as serving students from the public school system. She was named Artistic Associate Director for the Limon Company in 2007. Robert Johnson of the Star-ledger mentioned Ms. D’Orleans Juste’s performances on his list of “ Best of 2006 Dance”. She won a Bessie Award in the performer category for Sustained Achievement for “her majestic presence, infectious lightness and joyousness and emotional depth in works by Jose Limon, Donald Mckayle, Susanne Linke and others.” Ms. D'Orleans Juste is a guest teacher for the Tanz Wuppertal/Pina Baush Dance Company in Europe and in New York and for the Essen University for the Arts. She is honored to be on the dance faculty at Marymount College.
Link to Webster News Article
http://limon.org

Tap Master Class with Drew Humphrey
November 2015

drew humphreyDancer/director/choreographer Drew Humphrey was in this past February’s New York City Center Encores! production of Lady, Be Good; he also appeared in the series’ Of Thee I Sing. He was the director of the John W. Engeman Theater’s A Chorus Line; in 2013 he choreographed and starred in the theater’s Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Drew made his Broadway debut in the 2008 Broadway premiere of White Christmas, returned for its 2009 edition, and went on its 2013-14 national tour, all choreographed by Randy Skinner. His other New York credits include assistant choreographer for the Roundabout Theatre’s production of Tin Pan Alley Rag. 
Last summer Drew starred as the sailor Chip in On the Town at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York. He was both assistant choreographer and Tommy in The Muny’s The Music Man in St. Louis; he also appeared there as Skimbleshanks in Cats, Ephraim in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and a “Steam Heat” dancer in The Pajama Game. Drew has been in Crazy for You at Stages St. Louis and the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah; the world premiere of The Gershwins’ An American in Paris at Houston’s Alley Theatre; and Hello Dolly at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House. He recently appeared as Bert in Variety Children’s Theater’s production of Mary Poppin’s, directed and choreographed by Tony nominated Lara Teeter. Drew also participated in the first national tour of 42nd Street and appeared on an episode in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” He performed at the Kennedy Center for President Obama and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and has a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona.

Jazz Master Class with Co-Artistic Director of LEVELdance, Eddy Ocampo
October 2015

Eddy OcampoMr. 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 Link to Dance St. Louis Master Classes Link to Paul Taylor Dance Company2013. 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

Paul Taylor Master Class


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. 

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.
Link to Dance St. Louis Master Classes
Link to Paul Taylor Dance Company


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