Norbert De La Cruz III, born in Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines; and raised in Los Angeles, CA; is a NYC and LA-based freelance contemporary dance choreographer and educator. Since receiving his B.F.A. from the Juilliard School in 2010, he has danced professionally with Balletto Teatro di Torino, Metropolitan Opera House, Lustig Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet to name a few. His work has been commissioned to create for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Barak Ballet, Hubbard Street II, James Sewell Ballet, Attack Theatre, Ballet X, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and Grand Rapids Ballet. De La Cruz has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Robbins NEW foundation, the Princess Grace Awards – USA, the Jerome Foundation, the Wolf Trap Foundation, and the Commissioning Choreographers Campaign. He has been selected for professional development programs such as the NY Choreographic institute (an affiliate of the NYCB), the National Choreographers Initiative (Irvine, CA), Hubbard Street’s National Choreographic Competition (Chicago), Joffrey Academy of Dance Winning Works (Chicago), and Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab (NY). His work has been presented by the Joyce Theatre (NY), Wolf Trap (VA), Ailey CitiGroup Theatre (NY), Martha Knoebel Dance Theatre (CA), Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (NY), Blanch Touhill Performing Arts Center (MO), Aspen District Theatre (CO), Lensic Performing Arts Center (NM), Wallis Annenberg (CA), Kelly Strayhorn Theatre (PA), the Broadway Playhouse (IL), Irvine Barclay Theatre (CA), and McCallum Theatre (CA). In teaching and choreography, his credentials include the Juilliard School Summer, Ailey/ Fordham University, Princeton University Ballet, University of Hartford Dance Division, the University of Richmond department of theatre and dance, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, NJ Performing Arts Center, Center of Creative Arts (St Louis), Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Ramon C. Cortines Visual and Performing Arts High School, Windward School for the Arts, Westside Dance Project, Hawkins School for the Arts, Charles Maple Youth Conservatory, and No)One. Arthouse. He conducts seasonal workshops and projects in both New York City and Los Angeles. Additional honorable mentions include the Asian Arts Alliance Jadin Wong Award, McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, and Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2016. Working as a freelancer, De La Cruz is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in dance in Hollins University’s graduate program.
Kurt Douglas joined the Boston Conservatory faculty in 2015 and is an instructor of technique, repertory, and pedagogy for modern dance. Douglas also serves as artistic director for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Summer Dance Intensive. A graduate of New York’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and originally from Guyana, Douglas earned a B.F.A. in dance from Boston Conservatory and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins. After graduating from the Conservatory in 2001, he joined the Limón Dance Company, where he performed in many of Limón’s most influential works. He received a 2002 Princess Grace Award and was honored by an invitation to perform for the royal family of Monaco. In 2007, Douglas became the first African American to portray Iago in Moor’s Pavane, José Limón’s most famous work. Douglas was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in the January 2006 issue. He danced from 2002 to 2007 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and joined Ballet Hispanico from 2005 to 2006 under the direction of Tina Ramirez. In 2009 he joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company during their 40th anniversary season, touring throughout the United States and Asia. In 2011 he began touring with the Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line throughout the United States, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. In 2017 Douglas was invited to perform for the Boston Conservatory’s 150th anniversary gala at Symphony Hall hosted by Alan Cummings. Some guest artist credits include Aszure Barton & Artists, Prometheus Dance Company, Festival Ballet Providence, Thang Dao Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Dzul Dance, and the Sean Curran Dance Company. Douglas remains invested in his teaching practices, conducting Limón Dance workshops in Boston, South Dakota, New York, Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, Haiti, France, England, Australia, and at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, Southern Methodist University, the Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Brockport, Skidmore College, Festival Ballet Providence, and Boston Conservatory. He is currently a reconstructor with the Limón Foundation. In 2017 Douglas re-staged Jose Limón’s A Choreographic Offering for the Limón Company’s 71st Anniversary season. Douglas continues to serve as faculty with the Limón for Kids Program and the Limón Institute in New York City, the official school of the Limón Dance Foundation.
Keith Hennessy is a performer, choreographer, teacher, writer, and organizer. Born in Sudbury (Canada), he lives in San Francisco and tours internationally. His interdisciplinary research engages improvisation, ritual, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Ideas and practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, punk, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilize Hennessy’s creative and activist projects. Hennessy directs CIRCO ZERO and was a member of the collaborative performance companies: Contraband (with Sara Shelton Mann), CORE, Cahin-caha, and cirque bâtard. Awards, commissions, residencies? Yes, several, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. Rejections, unemployment, failures? Yes, plenty. Hennessy has an M.F.A. in choreography and a Ph.D. in performance studies from UC Davis.
Tara Masimer, from Colorado, now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, presents her work and teaches throughout Europe, America, South America, and West Africa. She has studied very diverse dance styles and techniques and is highly skilled in jazz, Horton, West African Dance, Sabar, and contemporary. Masimer has worked under leading choreographers and master teachers worldwide such as Ron Brown, Stephen Petronio, Carmen Rozenstarten, Marijke Eliasberg, Jana Hicks, Mia Michaels, and Germaine Acgony. Masimer was a principal dancer in the company Synthesis Dance, based in New York City, under the direction of Tracie Stanfield. She has also performed in various projects internationally. She holds an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins (2018).
Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer, and teacher since 2007. Riegel holds an M.F.A. in dance performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in theatre arts from Maharishi University of Management. Since moving to NYC, Riegel has performed with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance, and johannes weiland. She has also toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. In 2011, she joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Riegel teaches classes in contemporary technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, 100 Grand Dance, and Barnard College, as well as contemporary partnering at The Juilliard School. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Emory College, Arizona State University, Brigham-Young University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, LIU, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, University of Iowa, the American Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kara Wilkes began her professional career performing classical and contemporary work for five seasons with Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 2006, she became a soloist for Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain. Wilkes joined North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) in 2007, where she danced leading roles for four seasons. She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2009 and joined Alonzo King Lines Ballet in 2011. During her five seasons with Lines, she was named one of “12 Standout Performances of 2015” by Pointe magazine. Wilkes has choreographed work for the Lines B.F.A. program, Midland Festival Ballet, and Wilmington Dance Festival. She has taught all levels of dance, including master classes for University of Iowa, East Carolina University, UC Santa Barbara, and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Wilkes is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in dance at Hollins.
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.
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 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.