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Dance Guest Artists

Department of Art, Theatre and Dance
WTAMU Dance Recent Guest Artists

2016/2017

Travis Prokop (modern/contemporary) Currently an assistant professor of dance at Lamar University, a company member of NobleMotion Dance and Hope Stone Dance in Houston, as well as on staff as a Modern Dance Instructor with Houston Ballet. Mr. Prokop has performed at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D. C., and has performed with LEON Contemporary Dance. He has has studied the repertory of Jiri Kylian, GaGa, and Batsheva in Lucca, Italy with Bruce Michelson and Aya Israeli. His choreographic works have been produced at The Dance Gallery Festival New York, and the American College Dance Association. He has choreographed numerous theater and musical theater productions including Trojan Women and Chicago. He appeared in Season 2, Episode 5 of ABC’s hit TV show, American Crime, and on the Fox TV's very popular So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. Mr. Prokop has served as an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University and Southern Methodist University. Mr. Prokop graduated from WTAMU with his BFA in Dance in Decem

Laura Harrell modern/contemporay) Currently teaching as a Dance Adjunct Faculty at Lone Star College (North Harris). She has presented choreography at SHSU, Dance Gathering at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, the 2012 Houston Fringe Festival, Anything Goes Weekend at the Frenetic Theater, and Venturing Out… To Where it all Began at the Houston Met Studio. This spring she presented Milestones & Monuments at the American College Dance Festival, South-Central Conference which was chosen for presentation at the Gala performance. Ms. Harrell is from Sugar Land, TX, holds a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University. While attending SHSU, she has studied under Andy and Dionne Noble, Dr. Cindy Gratz, Dana Nicolay, Jennifer Pontius, Erin Reck, Jonathan Charles, Tiffany Nirider, Melissa Wynn, and Kista Tucker. Ms. Harrell was recently awarded the SHSU Dance Graduate Student Outstanding Choreography Award. She is scheduled to present a work at the Dance Gallery Festival held at the Ailey Citigroup Theater NYC this coming October.

Matthew Lindstrom (modern) Originally from Lake View, NY. He is currently an instructor in dance and theater for the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. Before coming to Interlochen, he was an assistant professor of dance at Colorado Mesa University. He has given master classes and set work at Cornell College, University of Northern Iowa, West Texas A&M University, Iowa Wesleyan College, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Company and many others. For eight years he served as dance captain for Stephen Foster the Musical in Bardstown, KY. His choreography has been presented in Aspen, Boulder, Denver, throughout the Midwest, New York, Costa Rica and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2010 his piece "If I were, you'd be(e)" was chosen to close the ACDFA Northwest region gala concert. Recently he has appeared in both the Interlochen Shakespeare Company's productions and the full-length ballets of the Interlochen dance ensemble. Mr. Lindstrom has his M.F.A., dance performance, from the University of Iowa and his B.S., in Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo

Meg Paul (ballet) Currently Ballet Master for the internationally acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet, a full time faculty member at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. She is Artistic Director of the WSU Dance Workshop and is Program Director for the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University.

Ms. Paul is a recipient of The Princess Grace Award and has been a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She directed Ballet Builders, a NYC showcase for emerging choreographers and was Ballet Master for the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. She was a faculty member at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has taught master classes around the nation for the past decade. Along with her husband Vince Paul, she co-founded World Arts Inc., a representation agency that represented national and international companies such as Nacho Duato's Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Les Grand Ballets Canadian.
Ms. Paul assisted Twyla Tharp for the Tony-award winning show Movin' Out , serving as Dance Captain during the Broadway run and performed both leading roles as 'Brenda' and 'Judy', and she also staged the national touring cast of Movin' Out.
Ms. Paul was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, she was honored by the Detroit Free Press as one of Detroit's Renaissance Heroes in 2008.

Meg Paul received her early training with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Florida. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, she was invited to train on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. At fifteen, Ms. Paul began her professional career touring with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, and the Joffrey Ballet II, and was promoted to the Joffrey Ballet at nineteen, rising through the ranks to perform many leading roles.

Jeff Rebudal (modern) Currently dance area head and associate professor of dance and choreography at Wayne State University. He is artistic director of New York and Detroit-based Rebudal Dance and is an original founding member of the critically acclaimed Sean Curran Company in which he performed and toured throughout the nation and abroad from 1995 to 2003, in addition to performing with H.T. Chen & Dancers and Andrew Jannetti & Dancers.

Prof. Rebudal's professional concert dance choreography has been presented in New York at Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Dance, Cunningham Studio, the American Museum of Natural History and the 92nd St. Y, Downtown Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival. Other venues include the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, Anargyrios & Korialenios Theatre and Theatre of Helioupolis in Greece, Dance Place in Washington, DC, International Dance Festival in Connecticut, Arts Boundaries Unlimited in Florida, the Alexandria Dance Festival in Virginia and Montclair State University. The New Yorker described Rebudal's dances as a "fruitful meld of contemporary dance with Filipino folk forms" while Opera News stated it as 'delightful choreography ‘a bright moment' (Carmen).

Rebudal also serves on the board of directors and is a regional director for American College Dance Association, was a dance panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts and a USA Delegate for the World Dance Alliance Conference. Grants he has received include the Asian American Arts Alliance/JP Morgan Chase Regrant, Ruth and Seymore Klein Foundation, 92nd St. Y Harkness Space Grant and Connecticut College R.F. Johnson Grant, Wayne State University Research Grant and Research Enhancement Program in the Arts.

Prior to moving to New York, Rebudal studied and performed professionally with Pam Sandridge in Honolulu, where he has born and raised in Oahu's Kalihi Valley. In 1996 Prof. Rebudal began his career in academia as a visiting assistant professor at Connecticut College, University of Oklahoma and Wells College, in addition to being a guest artist at Arizona State University, West Texas A & M and UH-Manoa. He received an MFA in performing arts from American University and a BA in dance from University of Hawaii-Manoa.

 

2014/2015 

Katharyn Horne (ballet) former principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, former Artistic Director of Manhattan Festival Ballet, San Antonio Festival Ballet, Omaha Ballet, and Dance Charlotte. Currently, Artistic Director of Central Piedmont Community College Dance Theatre.

Britney Rush (contemporary) graduated from our program in 2009 and has steadily been performing with a variety of professional dance companies in Texas including Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Urban Souls (in Houston), 6 o’clock Dance Theatre (6DT), Psophonia Dance Company, and 8&1 Dance Company. 

Bill DeYoung  (modern ) Chair Emeritus and Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan.

Steve Norman (ballet) former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet for 13 years.

 

2013/2014 

Mindy Copeland (Tap) Owner and Artistic Director of Tap Overload

Rogelio Lopez (Modern) Saint Mary's College, Freelance artist in San Francisco Bay Area

Steve Norman (ballet) former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet for 13 years

 

2012/2013

Brandon J. Aiken (Hip Hop) Artistic Director and Founder of ENVY Dance Company, LA

Steve Norman (ballet) former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet for 13 years

 

2011/2012

Jonathan Charles (jazz) Sam Houston State University

Matthew Lindstrom (modern) , Artistic Director of Push Don’t Pull Dance Theatre and Faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jamie Johnson (ballet), Principle Dancer with MOMIX

Steve Norman (ballet) former Soloist with San Francisco Ballet for 13 years

 

2010/2011

Kim Strunk (modern), Utah Valley University

Jeffery M. Rebdual (modern), Artistic Director of Rebdual Dance and Associate Professor of Dance, Wayne State University

 

2009/2010

Natalie Kasparova (Russia), Guest Choreographer. Artistic Director Kannon Dance Company, St. Petersburg Russia

Stevan Novakovich (Serbia) Guest Choreographer.

Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini (USA & Italy) Co-directors of Dance Now Ensemble, Florida.

 

2008/2009

Dennon and Sayhber Rawles (USA), Guest Choreographer. Choreographer of the film "Staying Alive"

Shelli Margheritis (USA), Guest Lecturer. McDonald Selznick Agency, the top agency representing
dancers and choreographers in the entertainment field.  

 

2007/2008

Mia Cunningham (USA), Guest Choreographer/Stager. Former principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre. Ms. Cunningham staged one of Sal Aiello's works.

Bill De Young (USA), Guest Choreographer.

Adrienne Clancy (USA), Guest Choreographer. Artistic Director of Clancyworks.

Bill Young (USA), Guest Teacher.

Waylon Anderson (USA), Guest Choreographer.

 

2006/2007

Stevan Novakovich (Serbia), Guest Choreographer.

Waylon Anderson (USA), Guest Choreographer.

Konstantin Karin, (Russia), Guest Teacher.

Thomas Flagg, (USA) Guest Lecturer - the founder/director of Terpsicore Dance Management 
former manager for Rasta Thomas