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Jeffery N. Bullock Jeffery N. Bullock, associate professor and chair of Hollins' dance program, performed with the North Carolina Dance Theater following graduation from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He continued his performing career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Sharir + Bustamante DanceWorks, touring nationally and internationally. Bullock’s repertoire included soloist and principal roles in an eclectic array of works by George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Esralow, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Salvatore Aiello, Yacov Sharir, Glen Tetley and others. He was also a featured performer in the 1986 Paramount Motion Picture The Nutcracker with PNB, and was a featured performer in the 1983 PBS Special Where Dreams Debut: The North Carolina School of the Arts. Bullock’s work "At Midnight" earned him a Dance Magazine’s Best Choreography Nomination at the 1996 American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jeffery has been a faculty member at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC since 1998, teaching in the ADF Six Week School and Young Dancers School; in ADF/Russia (2000), ADF/Korea (2000 & 2004) and ADF/Mongolia (2004 & 2005). From 2006 - 2010, he served as Director of the ADF Four Week School for Young Dancers. Most recent teaching engagement was at the international 2006 & 2008 Korean Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea. Also, Jeffery serves as a site visit consultant/panel member for Dance Advance of the Pew Charitable Trust located in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Iowa; taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Iowa and joined the Hollins University Dance Department in 2004, becoming chair in fall 2009 and Director of the HU/ADF MFA Program in fall 2010.
Gina Kohler


Gina Kohler, visiting assistant professor

Gina Kohler holds a B.F.A. in dance from Kent State University (2001) and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival (2009). Kohler has taught in many locations. She was on faculty at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange where she initiated the Young Women’s Project, taught Modern III, and worked as a co-director for the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Youth Dance Company, BAXco. Kohler teaches hatha yoga and completed her teaching certification through the White Lotus Foundation. In addition, she has done work for Move This World as a Senior Peace Mover in the New York City public school system. Kohler is thrilled to be working alongside Wideman/Davis Dance as a creative advisor and grant writer, where together, they received a MAP Fund Grant (2013). Kohler has taught as a guest artist at University of Michigan, Dance New Amsterdam, Kent State University, Holy Cross, Salem State College, Frostburg State University, Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and TanzTag Coop (Austria). Kohler has performed with world-renowned choreographers and continues to present her work internationally and throughout New York City. Gina is honored to begin work as the visiting assistant professor and assistant director of the M.F.A. program at Hollins.

Accompanist/adjunct faculty

Vladimir Espinosa Vladimir Espinosa is a musician, actor, and choreographer born in Havana, Cuba. He is currently an instructor of Latin Percussion, Afro-Cuban Dance, and Musician-accompanist in residence at Hollins University. His specialties include Latin and Afro-Cuban music, contemporary Latin and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance, and traditional African Diaspora rhythms. Vladimir graduated from the ENA (School National of Arts, Cuba) in 1985. He also studied with the National Folkloric de Cuba with Regino Jimenes and Pelladito. After graduating, Vladimir began teaching at the Arts School in Jiguani, Granma, Cuba and at the Casa De Cultural in Havana, Cuba. Vladimir performed, taught, and choreographed for many companies in Cuba and Ecuador. Vladimir has also performed Afro-Cuban traditional rhythms and dance with Las Manos Del Sol (U.S.) and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre (U.S.). In 1996, Vladimir was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the election ceremonies for theQueen of Ecuador. From 1996-1999 he toured with Havana Express and played in many venues across the U.S. Vladimir has also been a teacher and instructor for the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC) since 2005.

Guest artists 2014-15

John Jasperse John Jasperse is a dance artist and choreographer based in NYC. His work has been presented by festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan and Panama. As artistic director of John Jasperse Projects, Jasperse has created 16 evening-length works and several short works in addition to several commissions for other companies including Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Batsheva Dance Company, Lyon Opera Ballet, among others. Jasperse is the recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and a 2011 U.S. Artist Brooks Hopkins Fellowship Performance Arts, Tides Foundation's Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Jasperse received a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for the recognition of his body of work. Jasperse is a co-founder of CPR – Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Nicholas Leichter Nicholas Leichter (choreographer/artistic director) has taught throughout the United States and at festivals in Africa, Asia, Canada, and Eastern and Western Europe, and he has been on faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, Hunter College, Lehman College, Bates Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival in Durham, New York, Russia, Korea, and Shanghai. Leichter has created over 25 works for his own company, including Carmina Burana and Rite of Spring commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sweetwash with Eisa Davis for The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach Community College and the trilogy of Killa, A Space Funk Invasion and the nationally acclaimed The Whiz with Monstah Black. Recent commissions include The Barnard Project, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of The Arts, je danse donc je suis in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and The Chicago Dancing Festival. Leichter has been artist-in-residence and guest artist at many institutions including CSU Summer Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Hollins University, George Washington University, University of Houston, Muhlenberg College, and Idaho State University. Leichter received the 2006 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University. He has received two Choreographer Fellowships from NYFA and a National Performance Network/Network of Cultural Centers of Color Artist-of-Color Residency Award at Sacramento State. He received the 2009 Copperfoot Award for Choreography from Wayne State University, was the 2013-14 visiting lecturer at Wayne State, and is currently visiting assistant professor of dance at the University of Iowa.
Nia Love Nia Love was born in Los Angeles and has been dancing professionally for over 30 years. In 1978, Love received a scholarship to attend the Washington School of Ballet, and the following year was invited to Cuba to attend the Summer Dance Festival of Havana. She took classes with both Danza Nacional de Cuba (Cuba’s national modern dance company) and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Later, she was personally invited to be an apprentice in the world-renowned ballet company of Alicia Alonzo, Prima Ballerina and Company Mistress of Cuba’s National Ballet Company and director of the National Ballet School. In 1987, Love graduated from Howard University, where she double-majored in pre-medicine and theatre directing, earning a B.S. and a B.F.A. Love received numerous choreographic awards before gaining admission to the graduate program in dance at Florida State University. She earned her M.F.A. there, graduating with honors and distinction for her academic and artistic excellence. Love has taught at art and educational institutions and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including American Dance Festival, Fordham/Ailey BFA, Texas Woman’s University, and Bates Dance Festival. An American Fulbright Fellow, she has worked in England, Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Japan, France, Colombia, Cuba, the U.S., and most recently Tanzania. Love has created numerous dance works, which have been presented at remarkably varied venues.
Merceditas Manago-Alexander Merceditas Mañago-Alexander is originally from Manila, Philippines, and began dancing classical ballet at age six. By age nine, she performed the role of "Clara" in The Nutcracker with Ballet Philippines – one of the leading companies in Manila, for two consecutive years. At age 12, Ballet Philippines invited her to become an apprentice. She worked her way up to becoming a principal dancer in the company and danced key roles in major ballets, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, and La Bayadere. In 1986, Mañago-Alexander represented her country at the III USA International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi. For this participation, she was given the "Outstanding Student Artist Award" by the President's Committee on Culture and the Arts of the University of the Philippines, for representing her country. That same year, she moved to New York City to work with Feld Ballets/NY directed by Elliot Feld. Since then, she has worked with Ballet Hispanico of NY directed by Tina Ramirez, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Pepatian under Merian Soto and Pepon Osorio, and Doug Varone and Dancers. After retiring from concert dancing, she began teaching open classes at Danspace NY, now known as Dance New Amsterdam. While working with Doug Varone, she was also teaching at The Ailey® School and other dance school settings – 92nd St. Y, Movement Research, Mark Morris Dance Center, the Metropolitan Opera (Company Class), and Sandra Cameron Studio. She also taught in university settings – Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Performing Arts in New Brunswick, N. J., Marymount Manhattan College, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and Sarah Lawrence College where she is currently on faculty for over 10 years.
Jennifer Nugent

Jennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work in the company. She has also had opportunities to perform and work intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Martha Clarke, Lisa Race, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Gerri Houlihan, Barbara Sloan, and Dale Andre. Her duet collaborations with Paul Matteson have been presented in New York City by Danspace Project, Symphony Space, and Dance Theater Workshop and received National Performance Network (NPN) Support for performances at the Colony Theater in Miami, Florida. Nugent teaches regularly in NYC and has been a guest artist at numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad. This past year she was a teaching artist at Bard College, Movement Research (NYC), and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Wing, ADF, and the Bates Dance Festival. She recently relocated to Western Massachusetts and is helping develop the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought with Jennifer Polins in Northampton, MA, setting work on Dance Generators, a mixed aged dance company in Northampton, studying Embodied Yoga with Patty Townsend, and has worked on two duet pieces with Wendy Woodson. This next year Nugent will be a teaching artist at Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, and Wesleyan University in Western Massachusetts, Hollins University, and the University of Nebraska, as well as reset two works from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zance Dance Co. She will begin collecting dances for a solo evening and continue working and sharing ideas with Paul Matteson and Wendy Woodson.

Jesse Zaritt

Jesse Zaritt received an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008). Zaritt has recently taught at Bard College (NY), the University of the Arts (PA), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA), Pomona College (CA), and the University of the Americas Puebla (Mexico) as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. He has performed his solo work in Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. His solo Binding is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production. In 2012, Zaritt was an artist in the Studio Series Residency Program at New York Live Arts. From September 2008 through June 2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He has been commissioned to create original choreographic works for numerous American college programs including the University of the Arts (PA); he has also created choreography for the Seminar HaKibbutzim College (Israel) and the Acco Theater Festival (Israel). He was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography. He was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001- 2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008). He currently dances in the work of Faye Driscoll and Netta Yerushalmy as well as in a collaborative partnership with Philadelphia-based choreographer Jumatatu Poe. Zaritt graduated cum laude in 2000 from Pomona College (CA).

 

Artists/companies in residence

Since 1993 Hollins has hosted more than 100 dance professionals as artists-in-residence. These talented artists perform on campus, conduct master classes, and create new works for and with students.

 

Shen Wei Shen Wei, described by the Village Voice as "Michaelangelo's David as a sultry rock star," brings his imagined world to life through choreographing, performing, painting, and writing. From the age of nine, he trained as a performer for the Chinese opera. He was trained in modern dance at the Guangdong Dance Academy. He was awarded first prize for both choregography and performance at the inaugural National Modern Dance Competition in China. In 1997, as guest artist at Hollins, he did his world premiere of "Small Room" to a standing-room-only audience on campus.
Lisa Race Lisa Race's work has been featured at many venues in New York City and beyond. She has taught at festivals around the world and has served in numerous university teaching positions and choreographic residencies. She was a member of David Dorfman Dance from 1989 to 2000 and was honored in 1995 with a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award. She received an M.F.A. from Hollins University/ADF in 2007. She is on the faculty at Connecticut College and is also an ADF faculty member.
Miguel Gutierrez Miguel Gutierrez is a dance and music artist whose work has been presented in venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Diverseworks (Houston), Walker Art Center, ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Springdance (Utrecht), and Kampnagel (Hamburg). He has received support from the Lambent Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, and Rockefeller MAP Fund. He has had residencies at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Lexington Center for the Arts, and Hollins University and was twice a recipient of a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award, in 2006 for choreography and in 2002 for dancing with the John Jasperse Company (1997-2001). He has performed with Alain Buffard, Deborah Hay, Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Lacey, Juliette Mapp, Ann Liv Young, and Joe Goode Performance Group. He is on the ADF faculty. His Web site is www.miguelgutierrez.org. Photo by Noah Hilsendrad.