Christine [Chris Johnson]M. Johnson (1990), professor and chair of the department of theater, dance and media studies and director of dance
B.A., Luther College; M.A., California State University-Sacramento; M.F.A., University of Illinois GLCMA, Columbia College
Chris Johnson has been a professor of dance at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., since 1991 where she was the recipient of the James R. Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002. She teaches Dance Kinesiology, Advanced Modern Technique, Composition, and Jazz Dance. Johnson was awarded First Place for Choreography at the New Prague Dance Festival in Prague, CZ. in 2013. Her work won the Laureate and Grand Prix at the Seventh International Competition: Festival of Choreographic Collectives "Unity of Russia" in Moscow in 2004. Her dance Wreath of Memories was performed by special invitation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2002. She has also presented her work at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, and The Union Theater in Madison, and various venues in Sacramento. She has presented nationally and internationally for Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, World Dance Alliance and National Dance Educators Association.
Her work, as well as her students' work, has been regularly selected for the gala concerts at the American College Dance Festival Association regional festivals. She performed and choreographed professionally with Dale Scholl's Dance/Art in Sacramento and taught for the Sacramento Ballet. She has performed repertory works of Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey and Alwin Nikolais. She has a B.A. in dance from Luther College, an M.A. in dance from California State University in Sacramento, and she earned an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. She received the title of movement analyst from the graduate program in Laban movement analysis (GLCMA) at Columbia College, Chicago in 2007. She was elected to National Board of Directors of the American College Dance Festival Association representing the North Central Region, in 2006-07.
[Gina T'ai]Gina T’ai (2009), visiting assistant professor of dance
B.A., M.F.A., Hollins University
Gina T'ai, a Wisconsin native, earned both her B.A and M.F.A from Hollins University. She has danced with bopi's black sheep/dances by Kraig Patterson, annlivyoung dances, David Dorfman Dance and many others. Ms. T'ai has performed and presented her work all over the world including The Center for Performance Research (CPR) in NY, Connecticut College, The WUK in Vienna, [Gina T'ai]Austria, The World Dance Alliance, and Performatica in Puebla, Mexico. She is co-artistic director of the duet company Distance Dances with fellow Hollins alum Susan Honer. Her award winning dance film "Lumiere D'Ampoule" has been screened at the American Dance Festival, Society of Dance History Scholars, Movement Research, as well as festivals in the U.S.A, Germany and Brazil. Her areas of specialty at Beloit College are Modern Technique (Cunningham), Contact Improvisation, Dance History, Professional Development, and Dance and Entrepreneurship with a focus on community outreach.
[Sarah Wolf]Sarah Wolf (2010), visiting instructor of dance
B.F.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Sarah Wolf attended Belhaven College in Jackson, MS, for two years working on her BFA in dance, where she studied Vaganova method ballet and a variety of modern styles including Graham technique. Ms. Wolf attended Milwaukee Ballet School's summer intensive for four years, one summer at Masterworks Festival in [Sarah Wolf]Indiana, as well as studying one summer at the Alvin Ailey school's intensive, during which she took classes at various schools around New York City including Paul Taylor and the Limon Institute. Ms. Wolf graduated with honors from UW-Milwaukee with her BFA in dance. Ms. Wolf has guest taught at UW-Whitewater, and is currently in the process of receiving certification in the ABT National Training Curriculum. Ms. Wolf performed for one season with Danceworks Performance Company in Milwaukee, and is currently a company member with Kanopy Dance Company in Madison, WI.