Guest Artist Residencies

Each semester, the Belhaven University Dance Department hosts notable guest artists who teach master classes, choreograph for dance concerts, and/or restage repertoire. Below is a sampling of guest artists who have worked with Belhaven University Dance Department students.

Guest Artists

Stella Almblade New York, NY Ad Deum Dance Company, guest with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Lauren Anderson Houston, TX Former principal dancer with Houston Ballet
Catherine Batcheller Cincinnati, OH Former principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet
Michael Bearden Norman, OK Former principal dancer with Ballet West
Durell Comedy Brooklyn, NY Former member of Limon Dance Company
Ryan Corriston Harrisonburg, VA Former member of Doug Varone and Dancers
Henry Danton Laurel, MS Former member of The International Ballet and Sadler’s Wells Ballet
Ronda DeFazio New Albany , MS Former soloist with National Ballet of Canada
Elizabeth Dishman New York, NY Artist Director of Dishman + Co.
Ami Dowden Fant Richmond, VA Restaged a piece by Liz Lerman - Dance Exchange
Michael Fothergill Little Rock, Arkansas Former principal dancer with Alabama Ballet, Current Executive and Artistic Director of Ballet Arkansas
Whitney Dufrene New York, NY Restaged Doug Varone and Dancers repertoire - Ad Deum Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Belhaven alumna
Randall Flinn Houston, TX Artistic Director of Dance Ad Deum
Vincent Hardy Dallas, TX Co-founder of Zion Dance Project
Valerie Henry Lancaster, PA Valerie Henry Dance, pioneer for worship dance
David Keary Jackson, MS Artistic Director of Ballet Mississippi and former New York City Ballet dancer
Dorrell Martin New York, NY Creator/former director of the Jazz and Contemporary Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City
Rebecca McArthur Hattiesburg, MS Adjunct Professor of Dance at The University of Southern Mississippi
Betsy McMillan Hartford, CT Former Artistic Director of Ballet Hartford
Stephanie Miracle Iowa City, IA Belhaven alumna, certified teacher of Klein Technique™, Fulbright Scholar
Melonie Murray Salt Lake City, UT Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Utah, former Radio City Rockette, and former principal dancer with Wichita Ballet Theatre
Priscilla Nathan-Murphy Houston, TX Recipient of the American National Choreographers Competition Award, given by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts
Frankie Lee Peterson III Dallas, Texas Former adjunct professor at Mills College, Member of Zion Dance Project.
Stephanie Powell Long Beach, CA Former member of the San Francisco Opera, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Steve Rooks Poughkeepsie, NY Former member of Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Matthew Rushing New York, NY Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Nancy Stark Smith Massachusetts Contact Improvisation pioneer
Daniel Ulbricht New York, NY New York City Ballet
Robert Underwood Houston, TX Former member of American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet
Jiri Voborsky Jackson, MS Creative Director of Ballet Magnificat!
Bill Wade Cleveland Heights, OH Artistic Director of Inlet Dance Theatre
Marc Wayne Kansas City, MO Marc Wayne Productions
Brandon Welch New York, NY Former member of Doug Varone and Dancers
Robert Wesner Ashland, OH Artistic Director of Neos Dance Theatre
Sheron Wray Irvine, CA Former member of The London Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Rambert Dance Company
Sung Yong Kim Daegu, South Korea Daegu City Dance Company