Each semester the program welcomes to campus notable artists for teaching and choreographic residencies and performance collaborations. Artists have included Jean Abreu, Jason Aryeh, Jorge Crecis, Seán Curran, Hilary Easton, Doug Elkins, Molissa Fenley, Carl Fink, K.J. Holmes, TJ Lowe, Tiffany Mills, Meredith Monk, Neta Pulvermarcher, Christina Robson, Billy Siegenfeld, Takehiro Ueyama, and Kate Weare. The program’s regular influx of visiting guest artists offers students additional styles, forms, and viewpoints through first-hand residencies and repertory work.
Hollis Bartlet and Nattie Trogdon - September 20-25, 2021
Hollis Bartlet and Nattie Trogdon are choreographing an original work for RWU Dance Theatre and teaching several master classes during their residency. The work will feature in the Dance Theatre Fall Concert Series.
RWU Dance Theatre Concerts!
Thursday – Saturday, December 2 – 4, 7:30PM / Sunday, December 5, 2PM
Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre
Hollis Bartlett & Nattie Trogdan are Brooklyn-based choreographers, performers, practitioners, and partners. They create dance works and research-based practices around rigor and repetition, ghosts and vessels, weight (and wait), objectivity and subjectivity, their shared lineage and embodied relationship.
Their works have been presented at Gibney (Work Up Artists 5.0), Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Jack Crystal Theater, FIRST LOOK at Brooklyn Ballet, No Theme Festival, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Exponential Festival, Stuffed at Judson Church, MAD Festival, Earthdance, ACA, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Freeskewl, and The Dance Complex. They have been artists in residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Dance Complex, Peaceable Barn, The Floor on Atlantic, and NYU Tisch Dance.
Their performing and teaching practices are deeply tied into their dance making. Together they've mostly notably performed for Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Keith Johnson, Brian Brooks, Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken and Kimberly Bartosik. They are currently teaching artists through Gibney Dance and the virtual platform Freeskewl - where they curate a rotating class series around practice called Pop-Up Practice.
Ashley Rich - October 17-30, 2021
Ashley Rich is choreographing 2 original works for RWU Dance Theatre and teaching several master classes – the residency will culminate in a Basement Series performance featuring Rich Dance Company and Dance Theatre dancers.
Rich Dance Company & RWU Dancers!
Saturday, October 30, 7:30PM, Performing Arts Center, Dance Studio
Ashley Rich started her technical training at a young age, fell in love with it, and has immersed herself in dance education ever since. Her professional training includes Ballet, Jazz, Horton, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. Some of her achievements include being a finalist on the 8th Season of So You Think You Can Dance and attending the prestigious Ailey School in NYC, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ashley performs, choreographs, and teaches nationally - and is featured in several music videos. Teaching, judging, and touring engagements have included: Ingredients Dance Training Program and Company (Dallas, TX), Dance Revolution Conventions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Earthshakers National Dance Competition, and Downtown Dance Factory (NYC).
Originally from California, Ashley has remained connected to her formative dance community by serving as Director of the dance program at the School of Creative and Performing Arts (Los Angeles), a Contemporary Jazz dance intensive for teens, to which Ashley attributes much of her growth. In 2014, Ashley decided to focus primarily on choreography and dance education – igniting Rich Dance Project, a NYC-based dance collective ranging from teens to adults from all over the Tri-State area. RDP has performed at the New York Jazz Choreography Project, Brooklyn Dance Festival Youth Ensemble show, Brooklyn Summer Stage, Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Too Apprentice show, and Brooklyn Museum’s Target 1st Saturday’s Series, among others. RDP’s successes catalyzed a professional branch, called Rich Dance Company. RDC consists of a group of multi-cultural professional dancers who use their dancing to bring impactful change to communities.
Ashley’s goals are to teach dancers how to cultivate the purpose of their talent, facilitate events that create unity amongst dancers from all backgrounds, and to inspire change in a network of communities across the country through dance. With these goals in mind, Ashley dedicates herself to creating programs and opportunities for dancers to grow and find their purpose in dance!
Aretha Aoki - February 5-12, 2022
Aretha Aoki is choreographing an original work for RWU Dance Theatre and teaching several master classes during her residency – the residency will culminate in the Alive! Arts Dance Concert, featuring Aretha’s solo work and Dance Theatre dancers.
Aretha Aoki & RWU Dancers!
Saturday, February 12, 7:30PM, Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre
Aretha Aoki is a choreographer, performer, educator and mother originally from unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, B.C.) and currently residing on occupied land belonging to the Wabanaki Confederacy (Maine). Aretha’s work has been performed at the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver, Canada) Kansas City Art Institute (MO), the Kraine Theater (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), Portland Ballet Theater (ME), Franco Center (ME), School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, A.P.E Gallery Ltd. (MA), Danspace Project (NYC), the Academy of Music (MA), Movement Research Festival (NYC), Center for Performance Research (NYC), Catch (NYC), Exit Art Gallery (NYC, Culturebot’s “Ephemeral Evidence”), New York Live Arts (2011/12 Fresh Tracks artist), the Kitchen (NYC, Emily Roysdon’s A Gay Bar Called Everywhere), the Chen Dance Center (NYC, 2010 Newsteps artist-in-residence), the Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC), AUNTS (Brooklyn, NY), the 92nd St. Y (NYC), and Studio 303 (Montreal, QC, 2007 Vernissage-danse artist in residence). She was the Dance Consultant for the theater production, Babette’s Feast (2018), which premiered at Portland Stage (ME) and had an Off-Broadway run at the Theater at St. Clement’s.
Aretha was an artist with the inaugural Seed Program (2015/2016), a residency exchange with Vermont Performance Lab and Studio 303. She has received funding through the New England Foundation for the Arts (2016/2017), Northampton Council for the Arts (2014) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (2006). Aretha was a dancer and collaborating performer with Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance for seven years (Terrible Things, New York Besse award-winning performances of The Thank-you Bar, Niicugni, SHORE, and Then a Cunning Voice and a Night We Spend Gazing at Stars). As a performer, she has worked with robbinschilds, Rebecca Serrell Cyr, devynn emory, Vanessa Anspaugh, Heather Kravas, Juliette Mapp, Daria Fain, Maura Donohue, Elizabeth Ward, Martin Lanz, Faye Driscoll, Lisa D’Amour & Katie Pearl, Kokoro Dance, Silesian Dance Theater, and others. Since 2016, Aretha has held the position of Assistant Professor of Dance at Bowdoin College. Aretha was Associate Editor at Contact Quarterly (CQ) from 2013-2016, and co-curator of the 2016 Movement Research Spring Festival, Hand Written Note(s) in NYC. Her lyric essay, “The Practice of Form: A Class by Ralph Lemon” appeared in CQ W/S 2016. Aretha holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and an MFA from Smith College.
Bryn Cohn - March 28-April 2, 2022
Bryn Cohn is choreographing an original work for RWU Dance Theatre and teaching several master classes during her residency. The work will feature in the RWU Dance Theatre Spring Concert Series.
RWU Dance Theatre Concerts!
Thursday – Saturday, May 5 – 7, 7:30PM
Sunday, May 8, 2PM
Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre
Bryn Cohn is an award-winning choreographer and the artistic director of Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC + A). She has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, Bryant Park, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y and REDCAT Theater. Cohn was nominated for a Princess Grace Fellowship and won REGALIA, a choreography competition on Repertory Dance Theatre. She participated in the New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - a creative residency supported by the Ford Foundation. Cohn has been commissioned by Louis Vuitton, Smartwater, BalletCollective (dancers of New York City Ballet), Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet and Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance. She was in artistic residence at Cal State Fullerton, Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Stockton University, University at Buffalo and Grand Valley State University among other institutions. Cohn received a full feature in Dance Teacher Magazine and is currently on faculty at AMDA College and Hussian College. She received a BFA from CalArts and a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a High Honors, Chancellor’s and Regent’s award recipient.
ALEKSANDRA "Shura" LANG BARYSHNIKOV
MARY ELLEN BEAUDREAU
TERESE FREEDMAN COLEMAN
DAVID DORFMAN/LISA RACE
KATHRYN E. MCNAMARA
CHRISTINA JANE ROBSON
CHRIS LEWIS SMITH
KATHY GORDON SMITH
MELODY RUFFIN WARD
HOLLIS BARTLETT & NATALIE TROGDAN