University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Curricular

Camille A. Brown attended Bernice Johnson's Cultural Arts School, Carolyn Devore Dance Studios, LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, and The Ailey School. She received her B.F.A. in Dance from The North Carolina School of the Arts. Most recently, she was a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence (2001-2007) where she had the opportunity to perform the lead role of 'Mother God' in Brown's critically acclaimed work, Grace. She is also a featured dancer in BET Jazz' documentary on Blueprint of A Lady- a collaboration with Brown and Grammy nominated Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Ms. Brown has also performed works by Dianne McIntyre, Roger C. Jeffrey, Nathan Trice, Bridget L. Moore, Matthew Rushing and Rennie Harris. She was also a guest performer with the cast of The Color Purple for Broadway Cares- choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie. Ms. Brown has been honored with awards and fellowships that include a 2006 Princess Grace Award in Choreography (the first woman to be given this award), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography, The Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award in Dance, NFAA Young Artists' Award, The Helen Tamiris Award, and The Project Next Generation Award. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Marie Claire, Gestures Magazine (China), Expressions Magazine (Italy), Sisterhood Agenda Magazine, and The Joyce Theater's 25th Anniversary Magazine. Ms. Brown has received commissions from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street II, Urban Bush Women, Ailey II, Ballet Memphis, and Philadanco. Her work has been showcased at The Apollo, The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joyce SoHo, Central Park's Summerstage, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Dancenow Festival, New York Fall for Dance Festival (City Center), Danceplace (D.C.) and This Woman's Work at Aaron Davis Hall (which resulted in her being noted in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" article). Future commissions include new works for Dallas Black Dance Theater and Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble. Ms. Brown has served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Long Island University and Barnard College and has done National residences for the New Orleans Dance Festival, Phildanco Summer Intensive, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Earl Mosely's Institute of the Arts, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's Summer Intensive, Howard University, and Georgetown University. Internationally, she has conducted residencies in Italy and Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, Ms. Brown choreographed dance segments for Saverio Palatella's show (Wholegarment 3D) during New York Fashion Week, and was a guest performer with The Ailey Company in her work during their 50th anniversary season at City Center. This past Jan, her ensemble performed in Dancing From The Heart- the annual benefit produced by Dancer's Responding To AIDS. Most recently, Ms. Brown choreographed a duet for Karine Plantadit and Danny Tidwell for The Youth American Grand Prix Gala (City Center) and was also a guest performer for Dallas Black Dance Theater's Spring Concert. This past June, Ms. Brown raised $400 during her season at Joyce SoHo for Uptown Music Theatre in New Orleans, La. She is a firm believer that artists should put their creativity into action. Spirituality is a guiding force in Ms. Brown's life and work. Her faith in God and love of choreography are evident in her desire to give back to her community through volunteer work as a dance specialist. She has worked for Creedmore Psychiatric Center, Columbia University, and the Derek Jeter Foundation's Turn2Us program.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09—Modern, African-Caribbean, Composition, Lecture
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Cate Deicher (CMA) received dance training at the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Milwaukee. She founded the Department of Dance and Movement Studies at Alverno College in 1988, and has been presenting choreography in a variety of venues since 1981. She currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago, and UW-Milwaukee; she also occasionally writes on dance.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09—Introductory Composition
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Carl Flink is the founder and artistic director of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based performance group, Black Label Movement (BLM). He is currently the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. A Limón Dance Company member and soloist during much of the 1990s, Flink has also danced for Daniel Nagrin, Creach/Koester Men Dancing, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Shapiro & Smith Dance, David Grenke, Joanna Mendl-Shaw, Nina Winthrop, Paula Mann and Janis Brenner. His choreography has been commissioned or presented by the dance programs of Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, Mount Holyoke College, Brigham Young University and Roger Williams University, as well as Ballet Arts Minnesota and the Limón Dancers' Choreography Project. In May 2008, he received a Boomerang Fund for Artists, Inc. Award and a 2008 McKnight Fellowship for Choreography. Beyond the dance world, he graduated from Stanford Law School in 2001 and worked as a staff attorney with Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. protecting the legal rights of low-income family farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture until 2004. Carl also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women Studies, summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Most importantly, he raises his three daughters Willa, Freyja and Iris with his life partner and BLM Artistic Associate Emilie Plauché Flink.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Partnering
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The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary season. The Company was founded after 11 years of collaboration during which Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948 - 1988) redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. It emerged onto the international scene in 1983 with the world premiere of Intuitive Momentum with legendary drummer Max Roach, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Since then, the 10 member company has performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the UK. Today, the Harlem based Company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world. The Company has distinguished itself through its teaching and performing in various universities, festivals and under the aegis of government agencies such as the US Information Agency (in Eastern Europe, Asia and South East Asia). Audiences of approximately 50,000 to 100,000 annually see the Company across the country and around the world. The work of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company freely explores both musically driven works and works using a wide variety of texts (such as Reading, Mercy and the Artificial Nigger based on Flannery O'Connor's 1955 short story, The Artificial Nigger). The repertoire is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft. The company has been acknowledged for its intensely collaborative method of creation that has included artists as diverse as Keith Haring, The Orion String Quartet, the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, Cassandra Wilson, Fado singer Misia, Jazz pianist Fred Hersch, Ross Bleckner, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Julius Hemphill, and Peteris Vasks, among others. The collaborations of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with visual artists were the subject of Art Performs Life (1998), a groundbreaking exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Some of its most celebrated creations are evening length works including Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land (1990 - premiered as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music); Still/Here (1994 - premiered at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France); We Set Out Early, Visibility Was Poor (1996 - premiered at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, IA, nominated for London's Laurence Olivier Award); You Walk? (2000 - premiered at Bologna, Italy, European Capital of Culture 2000) and Blind Date (2006 - premiered at Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair, NJ). The ongoing, site- specific, Another Evening is now in its sixth incarnation as Another Evening: I Bow Down. The Company has been featured in many publications. Perhaps one of the most in depth examinations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane's collaborations can be found in Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1989 - Station Hill Press) edited by Elizabeth Zimmer. The Company has received numerous awards, including New York Dance and Performance Awards ("Bessie") for Chapel/Chapter at Harlem Stage (2006), The Table Project (2001), D-Man in the Waters (2001 and 1989), musical scoring and costume design for Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land (1990), and for the 1986 Joyce Theater Season. The Company was nominated for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Award for "outstanding achievement in dance and Best New Dance Production" for We Set Out Early... Visibility was Poor. The Company celebrated its landmark 20th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with 37 guest artists including Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson and Vernon Reid. The Phantom Project: The 20th Season presented a diverse repertoire of over 15 revivals and new works.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Modern
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Andrew McCann
teaches the Alexander Technique in Andersonville and Hyde Park, Chicago. He trained with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique. From 2002-2004, he was a teaching assistant in the Alexander for Dance class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne Department of Dance. Since moving to Chicago, he has presented Alexander Technique workshops to the University of Chicago Aikido Club, the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, the Lake Forest College Theater Department, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dance Department, Florida State University's School of Music, and the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique. As a violinist, Andrew is a member of the New Millennium Orchestra and plays regularly with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. During the summers he participates in the Woodstock Mozart Festival. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the New Millennium String Quartet and Pianos Quintet and has appeared as guest artist with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Present Music Milwaukee, and Contempo, the University of Chicago Chamber Players. In 2007, he formed a duo with Grammy-award winning eighth blackbird violinist, Matt Albert. This summer he will be performing at the 2009 Ojai Music Festival. Andrew received his Masters of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying violin performance with Sherban Lupu. He spent two years studying privately with Jorja Fleezanis, Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (history, highest honors) from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he studied with Gregory Fulkerson. He is an alumnus of the Musicorda and Manchester Chamber Music Festivals, and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09—Alexander Technique
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Wayne McGregor is a multi award-winning British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and ground-breaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is the Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London; Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet (appointed 2006) and the government's first Youth Dance Champion (appointed 2008). McGregor is also a frequent creator of new work for La Scala, Milan, Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and English National Ballet; as well as movement director for theatre and film (including, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). His production of Entity for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is currently touring; it is at Sadler's Wells on June 4-6, 2009.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Modern
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Trey McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, KS, McIntyre studied at North Carolina School of the Arts and later with Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, McIntyre was named Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet; a position created specially for him by Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. Since then, McIntyre has created a canon of more than 75 works for companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago (Chile). Trey has served as Resident Choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and The Washington Ballet. From 1995 until 2007, he was Choreographic Associate for Houston Ballet. He has received many grants and awards, including two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2001 and one of People Magazine's "25 Hottest Bachelors" 2003. In 2004, McIntyre established his critically-acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project, a dance company that allows him to continue his artistic and creative relationships with a select group of high-caliber dancers. In the summer of 2008, Trey McIntyre Project launched as a full-time company operating out of Boise, ID. In its first season Trey McIntyre Project will tour to more than 25 cities across the nation and the world.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Ballet, Composition, Lecture
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Tim O'Donnell Born in Wagga Wagga, Australia, Timothy trained at Francessa Louise Academy of Dance and Performing Arts and The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. He performed with The Australian Ballet and The Dancer's Company before joining West Australian Ballet in 2005. Timothy's favourite roles include the Stepsister in Cinderella, lead couple in Kim McCarthy's 19, performing in Petr Zuska's Maria's Dream, and Paul Lightfoot and Sol León's Steplightly. Timothy won the AICD Biannual Choreographic Competition in 2002, The Jacob Block Memorial Award in 2002, the Peggy Van Praagh Award in 2003 and most recently, Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer at the Aus Dance awards in 2007. Later in 2009 he will travel to USA to compete in the International Choreographic Competition, Genesis (a Milwaukee Ballet Company initiative) which he has been selected to create a work for. Timothy made his choreographic debut at Ballet at the Quarry 2008 with Other Affairs and another of his choreographies "Door No. 1" will be performed at Ballet at the Quarry 2009.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Ballet, Improvisation, Composition
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David Pritchard is the personal trainer of Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as multiple artists, teachers and performers in the Milwaukee area. He leads conditioning and nutrition workshops for the UWM Dance Department.

Curricular Guest—ongoing—Nutrition and Conditioning
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Molly Shanahan Canadian-born Molly Shanahan founded Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak in 1994 as the home for her artistic projects after completing her Masters of Arts in Dance/Choreography at The Ohio State University. Shanahan's creative achievements are increasingly recognized across the field of contemporary dance, evidenced by critical and audience response and by organizations like Links Hall (Chicago) and the National Performance Network, among others, that have endorsed and supported her work. Shanahan's work has been performed in Chicago at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Links Hall, Storefront Theater, and others. Outside Chicago, Mad Shak has performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Tangente (Montreal), and as a featured artist at the National Performance Annual Meeting in 2005, among others. In 2004 Mad Shak was the recipient of the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance's Elizabeth F. Cheney Dance Achievement Award, citing Shanahan's evening-length projects "So-Called Repetition," "The Poems of Replaceable Kings," and "Eye Cycle" as exemplary instances of impact on the field and promise for continued innovation. Following a rigorous selection process, Shanahan was named one of four choreographers selected as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist for 2006/07. She was named by Time Out Chicago as one of the "20 People to Watch in 2007" and most recently received an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in choreography in 2008. Shanahan is influenced by Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, improvisation, collaboration and body-mind studies, as well as early experience with urban social dance and Afro-Caribbean forms. She is on the dance faculty at Northwestern University and teaches throughout Chicago and in residencies associated with the creation and presentation of her work.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09—Modern
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Nadia Thompson, a graduate of the Royal Ballet School, was born in Southport Australia and trained with her mother's school, Frances Davis Thompson School of Dancing. At seventeen she won a bronze medal at the Adeline Genee Awards and toured with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. Nadia went on to work for Northern Ballet Theatre, London City Ballet, and Boston Ballet performing for such dignitaries as, HRH Princess Diana, HRH Princess Margaret, the Duchess of York, Crown Prince and Princess of Singapore, and Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Command Performance. Her principal roles have included those in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Abdallah. Her vast George Balanchine repertoire includes Russian and Elegy in Serenade, Principal Lady in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #2, Divertimento #15, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Mozartiana, Rubies and Choleric in Four Temperaments. She has also performed Twyla Tharp's Upper Room and Waterbaby Bagatelles and Lila York's Celts and Ode to Joy in which she created the principal roles. Nadia has worked as a guest teacher with Trey McIntyre Project, White Oak, Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Harvard University and Wellesley College.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09—Ballet
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Tanya Wideman-Davis has been noted by New York Dance Fax as "distinctive for the power of her secure pointe work and her personality." She has received International acclaim and was given the honor of "Best Female Dancer of 2001-2002" by Dance Europe magazine. Ms. Wideman-Davis has trained with some of the premiere schools in the country, starting with The Academy of Movement and Music, The Ruth Page Dance Foundation, The Joffrey Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Chicago City Ballet, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 1993 she was invited to join The Dance Theatre of Harlem where she danced works by Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Michael Smuin, Geoffrey Holder, John Taras, Billy Wilson, John Alleyne, Alonzo King, Vincent Mantsoe, Jose Limon, Choo San Goh, and Dwight Rhoden. Ms. Wideman-Davis joined The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in 1999 where she danced many roles in the company's vast repetoire. Upon returning to Dance Theatre of Harlem she was named Principal Dancer. Seeking an experience that allowed more self-exploration Ms. Wideman-Davis joined Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet in 2002 and worked there for two seasons before going to work with Donald Byrd at Spectrum Dance Theatre. As Co-Artistic Director of Wideman/Davis Dance, she has assisted in creating new works and setting existing works for Ballet Memphis, Phrenic New Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY (Dance Galaxy), The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Reflexions Dance Company, Alabama School of Fine Arts, and Wideman/Davis Dance.

Curricular Guest—Spring 10—Ballet, Pointe, Improvisation, Composition, History
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Rolando Yanes is a native of Villa Clara, Cuba. He received training at the Professional School of the Arts and the Vocational School of Ballet in Santa Clara, Cuba. While in Cuba, Mr. Yanes was a principal dancer with Joven Guardias Centro ProDanza under the direction of Lauren Alonso and Ballet de Camaguey. In 1995, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Yanes came to the United States in 1996 as a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet Company. As a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet, Mr. Yanes expanded his diverse classical and contemporary repertoire dancing leading roles in such ballets as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and Giselle. His powerful technique and unparalleled partnering skills led to principal roles in La Esmeralda, Spartacus, Troy Game, Who Cares?, Diana and Acteon, and Le Corsaire, as well as major works from leading choreographers like George Balanchine, Choo-San Goh, Robert Joffrey, and Kathryn Posin, among others. Mr. Yanes is in great demand as a guest artist. He has performed with numerous companies including performances of La Fille Mal Gardee with Ballet Taller de San Juan (Puerto Rico) and The International Ballet Festivals in Havana, Cuba and Maracaibo, Venezuela. Mr. Yanes has also performed with the Rockford Ballet, Pamiro Opera (Green Bay), the Florentine Opera, and on international tours to Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Jamaica. This marks Mr. Yanes' fifth year as the director of Milwaukee Ballet II, the official pre-professional program of the Milwaukee Ballet. In addition to performing with Milwaukee Ballet Company, young dancers will continue their development as they perform classical and original choreography in performances and community outreach events in and around Southeast Wisconsin. Since 2004, Mr. Yanes has been directing Milwaukee Ballet School. His original choreography has been performed by Milwaukee Ballet School's pre-professional summer program students and Milwaukee Ballet II.

Curricular Guest—Fall 09 and Spring 10—Ballet
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Performance

Shell M. Benjamin earned her BFA degree from Juilliard. While attending The High School of Performing Arts in New York she held a full scholarship at the Alvin Ailey Dance School. She has danced with Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, principle dancer of Carte Blanche in Norway, worked with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. As a member of Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA she has a list of Broadway and off Broadway Productions. She is founder of Guided Light Dance Company in Amsterdam, Director of Dancing 2 Live a dance program currently used in the Chicago Public School system and Private Schools, and this Summer she is the CO-Director of the Alvin Ailey Chicago Camp. Her professional credits include tours of Indonesia, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Sweden and Dubai. She has created programs for National Louis Center for the Gifted and taught at the Taipei International Dance Festival.

Production Guest—choreographer on Winterdances: Identity in February 2010
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Suniti Dernovsek received her BFA in dance from UWM in 2003 where she had the opportunity to work with many talented choreographers including Zvi Gotheiner, Janet Lilly, Heidi Latsky and Long Zhao. While in the Midwest, she was a company member of both Foothold Dance Performance and Wild Space Dance Company. She currently resides in Portland, OR where she has performed with Oslund+Co, Fever Theater and Teeth. With collaborator, David Stein she founded 'Hot Little Hands,' a Portland-based dance company. They have produced four evening-length shows ill-starred (2009), Lawn of the Limp (2008), Avian Fable (2007) and Marionette (2004). Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, Starling Gallery, Conduit Dance, Ten Tiny Dances, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Danspace in NYC representing UWM, Reed College, Velocity Dance Center and On the Boards in Seattle and, in 2008, received a residence at Caldera Arts. Suniti received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council as well as the Dance New Work Award from UWM in 2009. For more information visit hotlittlehands.org

Production Guest—Winner of the first annual Dance New Work Award. "Always Merry and Bright" will be performed on Winterdances in February 2010. Alumni choreographer on Dancemakers Redux in the Fall Dance Festival in 2008.
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Garth Fagan's achievements—the creation of the internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance, the company that fulfills his vision, and work as a guest choreographer, most recently and notably for Walt Disney's The Lion King—have been recognized by a host of awards and honors. His singular dance language draws on many sources: sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the postmoderns. For his path-breaking choreography for The Lion King, Fagan was awarded the prestigious 1998 Tony Award for Best Choreography. He also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award, 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award, 1998 Astaire Award, 2000 Laurence Olivier Award, 2001 Ovation Award, and the 2004 Helpmann Award for his work on the Broadway musical, which opened in fall 1997 to extraordinary critical praise. Fagan's distinguished work in the theatre also includes the first fully staged production of the Duke Ellington street opera, Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center in 1986 and the opening production of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Marathon: A Midsummer Night's Dream, (1988), set in Brazil and directed by A.J. Antoon. In the world of concert dance Fagan choreographs primarily for Garth Fagan Dance. He has also produced commissions for a number of leading companies, including his first work en pointe, Footprints Dressed in Red, for the Dance Theatre of Harlem; a solo for Judith Jamison, Scene Seen for the debut of the Jamison Project; Jukebox for Alvin for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Never No Lament for the Jose Limon Company; and Ellington Elation, part of a triad of pieces commissioned by New York City Ballet in honor of Duke Ellington's centenary and New York City Ballet's 50th anniversary. In October 2001, Mr. Fagan a native of Jamaica was presented with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander: a national honor bestowed upon him by the Jamaican government. In August 1998, he received that country's Special Gold Musgrave Medal, for his "Contribution to the World of Dance and Dance Theater." The evening before at Prime Minister P.J. Patterson's Independence Gala, Mr. Fagan was presented with the Prime Minister's Award, a plate bearing the signatures of all the Prime Ministers of Jamaica, acknowledging his achievements. Mr. Fagan is a Distinguished University Professor of the State University of New York and taught for over three decades at the State University of New York at Brockport. In the fall of 2003, Fagan received the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester for, "outstanding achievement and dedicated service." In 2001 he was the recipient of the Golden Plate Award and was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement. Fagan also received the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, "established to honor those great choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of our modern dance heritage." In 1996 he was one of only twenty-five American scholars, artists, professionals and public figures to receive the title Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the prestigious three-year Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and honorary doctorates from the Juilliard School, the University of Rochester, Nazareth College of Rochester, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In recognition of his contribution to modern dance, Fagan has received the Dance Magazine Award for "significant contributions to dance during a distinguished career" and the "Bessie" Award (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement. Other awards include the Monarch Award from the National Council for Culture and Art, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and the Arts Achievement Award from his alma mater, Wayne State University. Fagan began his career when he toured Latin America with Ivy Baxter and her national dance company from Jamaica. Baxter, and two other famed dance teachers from the Caribbean--Pearl Primus and Lavinia Williams, were major influences on Fagan. In New York City, Fagan studied with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Mary Hinkson, and Alvin Ailey, who were all key to his development. Fagan was director of Detroit's All-City Dance Company, and principal soloist and choreographer for Detroit Contemporary Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Detroit.

Production Guest—Choreographer of "From Before" performed on Summerdances: Uncovered in summer 10
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Natalie Rogers-Cropper School Director/Assistant Rehearsal Director at Garth Fagan Dance.

Production Guest—Reconstructor for "From Before" performed on Summerdances: Uncovered in summer 10
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