Dance Guest Artists

Winter 2022 Guests

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Paul Singh

Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA. He has danced for Gerald Casel, Risa Jaroslow, Phantom Limb Company, Stephanie Batten Bland, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Kathy Westwater, Faye Driscoll, and was featured in the inaugural cast of Punchdrunk’s American debut of Sleep No More. While abroad, he was a dancer in Peter Sellars’ opera The Indian Queen (Madrid) as well as Peter Pleyer’s large-scale improvisation work Visible Undercurrent (Berlin). Paul has had his own work shown at multiple venues in NYC, Berlin, and in 2004 his solo piece Stutter was presented at the Kennedy Center. Paul has taught contact improvisation around the world, leading intensives and advanced workshops for teacher training purposes and beginner studies. He currently teaches varied technique classes (partnering, floor work, contemporary technique, contact improvisation) for Movement Research, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Juilliard School. In 2021, he began his role as Artistic Associate at Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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Zelma Badu-Younge

Zelma Badu-Younge is Professor of Dance at Ohio University; trained in Canada, the United States, and Ghana. She holds a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance focusing on Choreography (Concordia University), an M.F.A. in Dance Ethnology (York University), and a Ph.D. in Culture and Values in Education (McGill University). 

Professor Badu-Younge danced with The Philadelphia Dance Company -- Philadanco (Philadelphia, PA); the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company (New York, NY); and is Dance Director, Choreographer, and dancer for Azaguno (, a multi-ethnic ensemble that focuses on research, preservation, and the performance of African, African American, Caribbean, and Latin American Music and Dance Styles. 

Professor Badu-Younge has instructed, lectured, performed, given workshops, or choreographed widely in 4 continents; and as a scholar, professional dance artist, and teacher, has been selected as a Fulbright Alternate - Ghana (2021-2022), invited to sit on committees for The Congress on Research in Dance/The American Society for Theatre Research, and the Ohio Department of Education’s “Committee for the Arts and Innovative Thinking.” She was a guest speaker at Princeton University’s 3rd International Symposium on the Music of Africa (Princeton, NJ), at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference on Dance Dramaturgy at York University (Toronto, Canada), a Juror for Animaze: LE MIAFF Montreal Animation Film Festival ONLINE 2020 EDITION (Montreal, Canada), and a presenter at Orff in Africa “Music is Dance, Dance is Music” conference (Ho, Ghana). In addition, she presented papers at the World Dance Alliance – Global Summit 2014 at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in association with the University of Angers (Angers, France); and the International Council for Traditional Music, World Conference (ICTM) at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music 2013 (Shanghai, China), the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick 2017 (Limerick, Ireland) and will present this summer at ICTM’s 45th World Conference at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fall 2021 Guests

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Wallie Wolfgruber

Wallie Wolfgruber is a German-born dance artist who has been living and working in New York for the past 35 years and currently divides her time between Berlin and New York. She has enjoyed a dynamic performing, directing, choreographic and teaching career. Highlights include being a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and a member of the Ohad Naharin Dance Company. She also performed with Dave Grenke, Sung Soo Ahn, Donald Byrd, Keith Young, Rod Rogers and Jessica Iwanson, and in MTV videos and TV shows. More recently, she performed at the Skirball Theatre with an all-star cast in In Conversation with Merce, directed by Netta Yerushalmy (2019). 

Directing credits include: Director of the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College, State University of New York (2010-2014); Undergraduate Director, Dance Department, College at Brockport, SUNY; Co-Founder/Director SEAD, Salzburg, Austria; Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based Wallie Wolfgruber & Company. 

Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the Abrons Arts Center, La Mama E.T.C., the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and with DanceNow at the Joyce Soho, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street and Dance Theater Workshop and on national tours with Celebration of Dance, a principal dancer collective directed by Dwight Rhoden and Daniel Baudendistel. International work includes commissions from Frontier Danceland and NAFA in Singapore, and travelling to Africa, researching Maasai dances, and teaching and performing in orphanages in remote, rural areas in Kenya.

Ms. Wolfgruber holds an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was on faculty at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College and the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is an Associate Professor at Purchase College. Her teaching is influenced by her studies in somatic practices such as the Trager® Approach/Psychophysical Integration which she was certified in in 1996. 

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

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Marlayna Locklear

Marlayna Locklear hails from Milwaukee,WI. She began her training at the age of 12  and went on to graduate from Milwaukee High School of the Arts and University of the Arts with a BFA in  Ballet and Jazz. Marlayna was one of the founding members of The Milwaukee Dance Connection and has gone on to dance with Eleone Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II , Deeply Rooted, Owen Cox Dance Group and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company where she served as the company jazz and contemporary instructor as well as resident choreographer for DCDC II. 

Marlayna is a freelance artist who teaches and choreographs at Universities and studios around the nation. She is also the Founder/Director of Indurance Dance Intensive. 


Past Guest Artists

Charles Askegard, (formerly of Ballet Next, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet)

Kathryn Alter (Limón Dance Company)

Zelma Badu-Younge (Azaguno)

Melissa Barak (Barak Ballet, formerly of Los Angeles Ballet, New York City Ballet)

Karena Birk (Dance Fremont!)

Julie Blume (formerly of Parsons Dance)

Richard Bowman (formerly of Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre)

Xan Burley (alexandance company)

Susan Brooker (University of North Carolina School of the Arts)

Queala Clancy (The Dance Narrative Project, formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity)

Sofie Clemmensen (independent artist)

Bryn Cohn (Bryn Cohn + Artists)

Amy Cova (Amy Cova Dance)

Natasha Davis (Morehead State University)

Autumn Eckman (formerly of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street)

Lauren Edson (formerly of Trey McIntyre Project)

Brian Enos (Big Muddy Dance Co.)

Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance Company)

Mina Estrada (independent artist)

Kristi Faulkner (Kristi Faulkner Dance)

Mark Haim (independent artist)

Melissa Hale Coyle (formerly of American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet Co., Tulsa Ballet Theatre)

Randy Herrera (formerly of Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet)

Susan Kikuchi (Martha Graham Dance Company)

Justin Koertgen (formerly of Dayton Ballet)

Lisa LaMarre (LaMarre and Dancers)

Rebecca Lemme (Acts of Matter)

Marlayna Locklear (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.)

Joshua Manculich (formerly of Thodos Dance Chicago)

Karen Milligan (Milligan School of Ballet)

Eddy Ocampo (formerly of River North, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago)

Amy O'Neal (Amy O/tiny rage)

Michael Spencer Phillips (RIOULT Dance NY)

Stacy Reischman Fletcher (University of Southern Mississippi)

Amy Rose (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)

Yoshito Sakuraba (Abarukas)

Solveig & Mark Santillano (SoMar Dance Works, formerly of Pilobolus, MOMIX)

Leslie Scott (BODYART)

George Smallwood (Paul Taylor Dance Company, formerly of Battleworks Dance Company)

Peter Sparling (formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company)

Alex Springer (formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers)

Melissa Thodos (Thodos Dance Chicago)

Simon Thomas-Train (David Dorfman Dance)

Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company)

Roger Van Fleteren (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)

Helanius J. Wilkins (formerly director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater)

Jesse Zaritt (independent artist)

Recent Alumni Guest Artists have included

Lauren Blane Bogren (Founder and Artistic Director of Main Street Ballet Company, owner of Synergy Dance Academy, formerly of Giordano Dance Chicago)

Elizabeth Fadell (formerly of Grand Rapids Ballet)

Kelly Kerastas (Studio Manager and Company Director of Dance Dimensions Performing Arts Center)

Carley Klebba (Chicago Repertory Ballet)

Natiya Lozano (licensed dance movement therapist, formerly of CODA, The Puzzle League)

Jessica Pittman (Industrial Dance Alliance, Third Law Dance Company)

Jesse Powers (Artistic Director of Capital Ballet Theatre, formerly of Inaside Chicago Dance)

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