Guest Artists

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

Tymberly Canale Choreography Residency February 2015

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Tymberly Canale has been a collaborator and performer with New York City based Big Dance Theater since 1995 and received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work with the company. Canale recently portrayed Euripedes’ Queen Alkestis in Big Dance’s version titled Supernatural Wife, which was presented in the 2011 BAM Next Wave Festival, Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at Les Substistances in Lyon, France. She was the Assistant Choreographer in the off-Broadway Theater for a New Audience production of John Ford’s The Broken Heart as well as contributing movement for the upcoming David Byrne/Alex Timbers/Annie-B Parson production of Here Lies Love. She performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov at Hartford Stages in 2013 in Chekhov's "A Man in a Case." She is currently on faculty at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at Marymount Manhattan College. 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Alicia Graf Mack, 
Guest Faculty


The Webster University Department of Dance welcomes Alicia Graf Mack of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Along with credits including Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Dance Company, Mack has also been a guest performer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and musical artists Andre 3000, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. She is the co-founder of Daisha and Alicia Graf Arts Collective, and is the recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence and Smithsonian magazine’s Young Innovator Award.

RAWdance Choreography Residency November 2014

Formed in 2004, RAWdance aims to perform works which expose an intimate, honest core, the essence of our relationships and identities. 
 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 smithRyan 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.wendy rein

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.
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Dance Theatre of Harlem Master Class with Virginia Johnson November 8, sponsored by Dance St. Louis

virginiajohnsonVirginia 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
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Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner set Antony Tudor's Continuo

amandamckerrowThe Webster University Department of Dance is pleased to announce that acclaimed ballet dancers Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner will be restaging Antony Tudor's Continuo for the Webster University Dance Ensemble. Special thanks to Sally Bliss and the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust for this opportunity. Amanda McKerrow has enjoyed a career as one of America’s acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous other awards, among them the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship and the New York Woman Award for Dance. 

Ms. McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland, where she completed the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. She then spent two years at the Metropolitan Academy of Dance where she studied the acclaimed Vaganova syllabus. She then studied at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day, where she danced with the company for two years, touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982 under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed Soloist in 1983, and became a Principal Dancer in 1987. Her repertoire included the leading roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and The Nutcracker.
She has received acclaim for her performances in shorter works by Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, and Juri Killian. Ms. McKerrow has created roles in ballets by choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Clark Tippet, Choo San Goh, and James Kudelka. She has also appeared extensively as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world.

In 2000, after having worked closely with him during his lifetime, Ms. McKerrow began staging the works of Antony Tudor for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. She also stages the ballets of Agnes DeMille and Benjamin Millepied, as well as the full length classics such as, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote. After retiring from performing in 2006, she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, coaching, and staging ballets for professional companies around the world. Among them, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Colorado Ballet. She is married to fellow dancer and repetiteur, John Gardner.