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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.
Hejin Jang

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HeJin Jang, assistant professor

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, HeJin Jang is a multi-city based choreographer, performer, teacher and writer. Her work is in dialogue with radical questions and necessary conflicts on possibilities of omni-presence in her migrating nomadic life. She dances to mirror unnamed images and to re-member what was forgotten/missing/unshared/silenced. Jang has presented her works throughout New York and internationally including the Kitchen, Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson, Center for Performance Research, Greenspace, CORD Conference (Roanoke), American Dance Festival (Durham), WUK (Vienna, Austria), University of Bristol (Bristol, UK), Atelierul de Productie (Bucharest, Romania) and Seoul International Choreography Festival (Seoul, Korea) among others. Jang is currently involved in the cross-border dance project "Available” as one of the three choreographers with Cosmin Manolescu (Bucharest, Romania) and Gabriella Maiorino (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Jang was awarded the Movement Research Artist-In-Residency Grant (New York, '10-11), Arts Council Korea Fellowship (Korea, '09-present), NYFA Mentorship for Immigrant Artist (New York, ’10-present) and DanceWeb Fellowship (Vienna, '11). She holds a BS from Seoul National University and an MFA from University of Michigan and Hollins/ADF. In the fall of 2011, Jang was visiting assistant professor at Hollins. www.hejinjangdance.com

Jesse Zaritt

Jesse Zaritt, visiting assistant professor, 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. He has recently taught at the University of the Arts, Bard College, the American Dance Festival, Hollins University, and Pomona College, as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Jesse was a member of the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (2001-2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (2008). He currently dances for Faye Driscoll and Netta Yerushalmy.

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 2013-14

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 fifteen 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 a 2011 US Artist Brooks Hopkins Fellow and has received fellowships from Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Tides Foundation’s Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and New York Foundation 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. He is currently working on a new evening-length work to premiere in May 2014 at New York Live Arts.
Maurya Kerr Maurya Kerr danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 1994-2006. She is on faculty with the LINES educational programs, and teaches workshops nationally as a visiting guest artist at Hollins University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Program. In 2010 Maurya founded tinypistol, a San Francisco-based dance company. She is a winner of the 2011 Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition and created sad monsters for Hubbard Street 2 in residency with UNCSA. Ballet Nouveau Colorado has commissioned the creation of two works, and both the Aspen Fringe Festival and WestWave Dance Festival have presented evenings of her work. Maurya was the recipient of a 2012 CHIME grant affording her the opportunity to work in mentorship with Alex Ketley. Most recently her piece FUR was selected for the 2013 ACDFA Baja Region gala performance.
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 and is the 2013-14 Visiting Lecturer at Wayne State.
Yvonne Meier Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Yvonne Meier has lived and worked in New York City since 1979, where she became a member of the original group around Performance Space 122, regularly collaborating with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, and many others in the U.S. and Europe. Her work, spanning anywhere from big spectacles to quiet solos, has been supported by three Fellowships in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Inter Arts, Franklin Furnace and Pro Helvetia. The American Masters program of the NEA has supported the upcoming recreation of her performance-instillation work, The Shining. She has received two "Bessie" Awards for her works The Shining (1993)(2011) and Stolen (2009). In 2010 Yvonne Meier garnered a "American Masterpiece Award" from the NEA. She has twice been supported through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence program. Meier has been teaching Releasing Technique and Authentic Movement nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. After a life-long commitment to improvisation, she has developed her own improvisation technique known as Scores. Meier also teaches children's dance classes in New York public schools through Movement Research's Dance Makers program.
Amanda Miller In 1992, Amanda Miller founded Pretty Ugly Dance Company, an interdisciplinary performing ensemble. From 1997 until 2004, creating a unique collaboration with the civic theatre in Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg), Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly was founded. Alongside her work with her own company, Amanda Miller created ballets for renowned ensembles and founded in 2000, the improvisational dance group, Yummydance in Matsuyama, Japan. Increasingly she has addressed herself to training others in her work method/process and is active world wide as a teacher. Amanda Miller has won numerous awards. In 1993, she was awarded the Wexner Center Prize and created the production Night By Itself. In 1994, the production received three prizes at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques International de Bagnolet. In 2004, for her work Four for Nothing she received the leading Dutch accolade for choreography, The Golden Swan. From January 2005 until May 2009, Amanda Miller was artistic director of Pretty Ugly tanz köln, a collaboration with the theater and city of Koln. In May 2009, she directed her first Opera Orpheo ed Euridice at the civic theatre in Ulm. In summer of 2009, she returned to her home, North Carolina. She has been on the faculty for ADF, artist in residence at Duke, Palucca Hochshule, Germany and taught master classes at UNC. She continues to work as a free-lance choreographer, opera director, instructor, performer, and offers improvisational workshops. Her most recent work was Field Days premiered 2011 with Netherlands Dans Theater. In April 2013, Amanda premiered a new ballet for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in May 2013 for the Core company in Atlanta, GA.
Lisa Race

Lisa Race choreographed and performed in New York before moving to Connecticut in 2004, joining the faculty at Connecticut College in 2007. Her work has been seen at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project and Movement Research at the Judson Church as well as on tour. Race's CT-based RaceDance presented at evening of work at Conn in September. Race received a New York Dance and Performance Award (aka Bessie) while dancing with David Dorfman Dance (1989-2000) and received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2009. Recent commissions have included the University of Florida, Brown University and Karl Rogers & Meghan Durham. Race has taught in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Melisey, France (Made In France) will return to Bates Dance Festival in 2014. Race’s dance film collaboration with Shawn Hove was screened at the Sans Souci Festival in Colorado and Dance For Reel at Emory University in 2012.

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Renee Robinson

Ms. Renee Robinson is a proud graduate of Hollins University with a M.F.A. in dance and was recently honored with the prestigious Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes leading members of the dance world who have made extraordinary contributions to the art form. She is beloved for her radiant performances, her mentorship, and generosity in sharing the Ailey legacy with generations of performers. Ms. Robinson … a revered member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three decades, the last active company member selected by Alvin Ailey, the female dancer with the longest tenure in the company’s history and the only dancer to have performed under all three artistic directors. Ms. Robinson, guest artist - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a native of Washington D.C., was professionally trained in classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in her hometown, Washington, DC. She has performed with the Capital Ballet Company, (of special note, Ms. Robinson was selected to compete in the International Dance Completion in Moscow, Soviet Union) was the recipient of two Ford Foundation scholarships to the School of American Ballet and was awarded full scholarships to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and The Ailey School. Her performances worldwide have included for the last four U.S. Presidents, a State Dinner honoring President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, Kennedy Center Honors, and White House Tribute to Judith Jamison. Ms. Robinson has been celebrated by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and 14 U.S. cities, proclaimed by the City of New York, and given a day of her own by District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty. Her opinion has been sought on several subjects by many in the dance world, national publications, and reviewers in areas such as health, diet, effective use of the body, spirituality, best chairs to support/maintain the body when seated and has been documented in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal newspapers, Oprah, Essence, and Dance Magazine. Dance writers have acknowledged Ms. Robinson as a "Modern Dance Treasure," and others have acknowledged her as a gift to the world in which she has delighted audiences in many cities on six continents. Ms. Robinson's many honors are for philanthropic work in areas of teaching the hearing and visually impaired, senior citizens; mentoring and teaching inter city youth, and coaching dancers on all levels. Ms. Robinson lectures (Juilliard, Santa Monica University, Boston Arts Academy, Spelman College, University of California, Berkeley, etc.), is a certified Gyrokeneis trainer and, Zena Rommette Floor-Barre instructor, guest artist, and educator. She has developed and implemented teaching techniques with particular attention given to "language."

 

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.
Jennifer Nugent Jennifer Nugent is co-artistic director, along with Paul Matteson, of Nugent+Matteson Dance in New York City. She danced with David Dorfman Dance from 1998 to 2007, received a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award, and has danced with and for Shen Wei, Lisa Race, Nina Winthrope, Yin Mei, Daniel Lepkoff, and most recently with Martha Clarke. She has also danced with Houlihan and Dancers and Mary Street Dance Theatre and has taught and performed her own work at universities and venues throughout the United States and in Korea, Russia, and Vietnam. She is on the ADF faculty.
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.