Visiting Artists Program

Helen McGehee The Helen McGehee Visiting Artist Program in Dance was established by Helen McGehee as a way to enhance the experience of the dancer at Randolph College. By being exposed to a variety of styles of teaching, the dancer gains the knowledge to apply her own beliefs and dreams for her future.

  • Visiting artists (VAs) stage pieces of great acclaim, expanding the technique of our dancers,
  • VAs work one-on-one with dancers in the choreography and design of original work,

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  • VAs often give master classes open to all,
  • VAs share dance technique and philosophy, and
  • VAs share real-life experiences and advice for making it in the industry.

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    "The more you know, the clearer your choices can be. This is what I offer: just another way to look at the world."

    — Katrina "Trina" Thompson, Trisha Brown Dance Company


    Recent Visiting Artists 2005-2007

    Diane Gray
    Faculty, Case-Western Reserve University
    A graduate of Juilliard, Diane is the former associate director and principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She is also the former director of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and acted as chair of the R-MWC Dance Department as sabbatical replacement. R-MWC residencies: 1996 — present.


    Macon Company Walter Kennedy
    Faculty, University of Oregon
    A graduate of the University of Illinois, Walter performed with West Coast modern dance pioneer Bella Lewitzky. R-MWC residencies: 2002 — present.


    Jane Doe Becky Jung
    Workshop teacher for Pilobolus Institute

    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Becky danced with the Pilobolus Dance Company for seven years. R-MWC residencies: 1999 — present.


    Delia Neil Delia Neil
    Faculty, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    A graduate of Butler University, Delia also recieved her master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She performed with the Cincinatti Ballet and the Cleveland Ballet. R-MWC residencies: 1992 — present.


    Yoav Kaddar Yoav Kaddar
    Faculty, State University of New York, New Paltz
    A graduate of Juilliard, Yoav performed with Jacob's Pillows' Men Dancers and Peter Pucci. He is a former member of the José Limón Dance Company and Paul Taylor Dance Company. R-MWC residencies: 1991 — present.


    Macon Company Anabella Lenzu
    Director, AnabellaLenzu/DanceDrama

    Anabella is an independent dancer and choreographer from Argentina. A true student of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, she has worked with dance companies in Argentina, Italy, New York City, and Atlanta. R-MWC residency: 2005 — 2006.


    Janelle Janelle Eggleston
    Independent dancer and choreographer
    A graduate of the Alabama School of the Arts, Janelle performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre as well as dance companies abroad. She is also former teacher and director of the Bristol Ballet. R-MWC residencies: 1999 — present.


    Macon Company Doug Hamby
    Faculty, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Director of Doug Hamby Dance Company

    A graduate of Temple University, Doug performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company for several years. He now directs his own dance company, the Doug Hamby Dance Company. R-MWC residencies: 1983 — present.


    Trisha Brown Co. Katrina Thompson
    Performer, Trisha Brown Dance Company

    A graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Katrina has performed and taught internationally with the Trisha Brown Dance Company since 1998. Prior to joining TBDC, Trina performed in the works of Wade Madsen, Joanna Mendle Shaw, Lila York in Seattle, Michael Mao Dance, Artichoke Dance Company, and the American Dance Ensemble in New York. R-MWC residency: Fall 2005.


    Darrin Wright Darrin Wright
    Performer, Susan Marshall & Company

    A graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Darrin danced with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. He currently dances with Creach/Company and Susan Marshall & Company.


    Sonny Robinson Sonny Robinson
    Performer, Dance Theatre of Harlem

    Sonny trained with the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and The Kirov Academy. He has performed with the Urban Ballet Theater and Sensedance. Sonny has taught at the Virginia School of the Arts, Henry Street Settlement, and Vero Beach Ballet and is currently a member of The Dance Theater of Harlem.


    Visiting Artists in Our Past

    Rachel Berman Rachel Berman
    Featured soloist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company

    A graduate of the State University of New York, Rachel has danced with Paul Taylor for several years. R-MWC residencies: 2004 — 2005.


    Billy Siegenfeld Billy Siegenfeld
    Faculty, Northwestern University; Director, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project

    Billy has performed with several companies, including the Don Redlich Dance Company. Billy is the former dance program director of Hunter College and Brown University. He also performed on Broadway in Singin' in the Rain. R-MWC residencies: 1991 — 2004.


    Mansfield Maureen Maureen Mansfield
    Paul Taylor Dance Company

    A graduate of Adelphi University, Maureen has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for seven years. R-MWC residencies: 1995 — 2004.


    Tyrone Tyrone Brooks
    Director of Community Class, Virginia School of the Arts

    Tyrone was a principal dancer for the Dance Theatre of Harlem for several years before becoming a member of the faculty there. Tyrone served as the Associate Director of the Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, DTH's educational and community outreach program. R-MWC residencies: 2004 — 2005.


    Genia Genia Melikova

    Genia joined the faculty of Juilliard in the early 1970s and taught there for 26 years. She was prima ballerina with the Ballets de Marquis de Cuevas, London Festival Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. She was also on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School (Alvin Ailey's American Dance Center) and the Igor Youskevitch School of Ballet. She directed the Bridgeport Ballet and Bernhard Ballet, both based in Connecticut. R-MWC residencies: 1996 — Spring 2005.
    " . Nureyev joined the de Cuevas Company, having fled from the plane that was to take him back to Russia. Melikova danced many times with Nureyev - the third act of
    Sleeping Beauty, in Italy, the full-length ballet and the Black Swan pas de deux, and in Israel, Naples and Bologna they danced two or three times together in the full-length Sleeping Beauty. — Ballet Today (April 1964)

    Keith Lee Keith Lee
    Director of Dance Theatre of Lynchburg

    A graduate of New York's School of Performing Arts, Keith is a former soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and former balletmaster with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. R-MWC residencies: 1996 — 2001.

    Juditka Hoenig Juditka Hoenig

    A former member of the Chicago Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company and Israeli Ballet and a protégé of Madame Gabriella Darvash, Juditka was a cast member of Phantom of the Opera for two and a half years as well as an accomplished dancer in the style of Bob Fosse. R-MWC residencies: 1996 — 2001.


    Ethel Winter

    Ethel Winter
    Faculty, Juilliard School

    A graduate of Bennington College, Ethel was on the faculty of the Martha Graham School. She was also a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and is currently on the faculty of Juilliard, where she has taught since 1951. R-MWC residencies: 1998 — 2000.


    Mary Hinkson Mary Hinkson

    A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Mary was on the faculty of the Martha Graham School. She has also been a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company since 1951. R-MWC residencies: 1998 — 1999.


    Kelly Hogan Kelly Hogan

    A graduate of Juilliard, Kelly was a member of the José Limón Dance Company and the Helen McGehee Dance Company. She served as sabbatical replacement for Pamela Risenhoover in the Spring of 1995. R-MWC residencies: 1970s — 1995.


    Fred Matthews Piece Fred Matthews

    Fred is on faculty of the Dance Department at San Jose State University. R-MWC residencies: 1970s — 1990.


    Bambi Anderson Bambi Anderson

    Bambi is currently a member of the José Limón Dance Company. R-MWC residency: 1989.


    Jacqulyn Buglisi Jacqulyn Buglisi
    Faculty, Juilliard School; Director and Choreographer, Buglisi/Foreman Dance

    A graduate of New York's School of Performing Arts, Jacqulyn was on the faculty of the Martha Graham School. She was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and is currently on the faculty of Juilliard. She is currenty the director and choreographer of Buglisi/Foreman Dance.


    Chuck Davis Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis
    Founder, African American Dance Ensemble

    Chuck attended Howard University and majored in Theater/Dance and continued his study in African dance under the guidance of Babatunde Olatunji, Eleo Pomare, and the Bernice Johnson Dance Company. His growing reputation as one of the foremost and accomplished choreographers and teachers in the traditional techniques of African dance compelled the American Dance Festival of Durham, North Carolina, to recruit him for the position of artist-in-residence and to head up its outreach program. R-MWC residency: 1999.


    Nalini Prakash Nalini Prakash

    A Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dancer, Nalini studied with Sudha Rangputhy, an R-MWC alumna from the class of 1965. R-MWC residency: 1998.


    Visiting artists in the past have included:

    • Ernesta Corvino, former member, Metropolitan Opera Ballet
    • Sherree Roller, former member, Hartford Ballet
    • James Sutton, faculty, New York University
    • Sven Aleksanders, former member, Stuttgart Ballet
    • Gloria Hagler, former member, Eliot Feld Ballet
    • Petrus Bosman, artistic director, Virginia School of the Arts
    • Robin Johnson, former guest faculty, Virginia School of the Arts
    • David Keener, director, Virginia School of the Arts
    • Kim Stroud, faculty, Hartford Conservatory
    • Anthony Morgan, faculty, Florida State University
    • Steve Rooks, faculty, Vassar College
    • Judith Garay, faculty, Simon Fraser University
    • Donlin Foreman, director and choreographer, Buglisi/Foreman Dance; faculty, Barnard College
    • Carol Mead, former member, Martha Graham Dance Company
    • Carol Fried, former associate artistic director, Martha Graham Dance Company
    • Joyce Herring, former principal dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company
    • Sophie Giavanola, former soloist, Martha Graham Dance Company
    • Yuriko Kimura, former principal dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company
    • Karen Hubbard, faculty, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    • Wendy Hilton, former faculty, Martha Graham School of Dance
    • Andra Corvino, former member, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and
    • Liz Walton, chair of the Dance Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.