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Guest Artist, Spring 2016

Formerly a Principal Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet, David has enjoyed a choreographic and performance career over thirty years including the principal roles of the classical and contemporary ballet cannons.  David's critically acclaimed choreography is described as "surprising," "poetic," and "almost obsessively cohesive." David holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.  He is Associate Professor of Dance with tenure and Head of the BFA in Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. www.davidjustin.net

Guest Artist, Fall 2015

For 23 years, Thodos Dance Chicago has performed with captivating style described as "breathtakingly athletic" and "powerfully beautiful." The company's dedication to the American voice in contemporary dance has established TDC as an innovative presence in the modern dance landscape.  The 2015-2016 season is TDC's 24th year of touring throughout the USA and performing in Chicago. www.thodosdancechicago.org

Regina Klenjoski
Guest Artist, Spring 2015
Robinson Center, Room 251

Regina Klenjoski is a creator, performer, educator and advocate of contemporary dance. Passionate about the moving body, she creates deeply personal works that examine our search for intimacy in contemporary society, often through the lens of her Macedonian heritage.  Recognized by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most active and ambitious dance makers leading Southland contemporary companies,” her work is known for its inventive partnering, technical athleticism and poetic storytelling.  www.rkdc.org

Lane Gifford, Guest Artist KU Fall 2014
Guest Artist, Fall 2014
Robinson Center, Room 251

Lane Gifford is the founder of LaneCoArts, a company with a multi-arts mission to articulate a distinct movement aesthetic through the interchange of dance with narrative and visual art components.

Rodney Hill
Guest Artist, Fall 2014
Robinson Center, Room 251

Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Rodney entered the hip hop scene in 1988. Hill is an accomplished teacher and choreographer, teaching in universities and dance studios locally, nationally, and internationally.  Once a core dancer, production assistant, and road manager, Hill is currently the Company Manager of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Rennie Harris R.H.A.W.  http://www.rennieharrisrhaw.org

Guest Artist, Spring 2014
Robinson Center, Room 251

Autumn Eckman, an Atlanta native, is currently serving as Assistant Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago.

Talia Beck, Guest Artist at the University of Kansas, Fall 2013
Guest Artist, Fall 2013
Robinson Center, Room 251

Talia has been a member of the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company as a dancer since 2002.

Guest Artist, Fall 2013
Robinson Center, Room 251

Robin Pettersen is a freelance artist offering workshops in dance composition. 

Department of Dance Calendar
The Dance between Art and Science
The dance between art and science

Who do you find standing at intersection of art and science? Someone like Natali Diaz-Yepes, who graduated in May with a double major in dance and genetic biology. To prepare for her senior dance recital, Diaz-Yepes navigated lecture halls and dance floors, chemistry and choreography, body and mind.

Posted by The University of Kansas on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Michelle Heffner Hayes

Professor & Chair of Dance, Michelle Heffner Hayes, talks about finding your "voice" through dance.

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