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Guest Artists

Dance students have contact with working professionals both on and off campus. The department regularly engages guest artists to work with students to create pieces, conduct workshops and produce performances.

Guest Artists for 2014-15


Modern Dance Residency with TU Dance from Minneapolis, MN on August 31-September 6, 2014. 

TU Dance will be guest artists at Beloit College from August 31-September 6, 2014 teaching classes and restaging a TU dance repertory work on Beloit students for them to perform in Chelonia 2015, the TDMS department’s mainstage dance concert! 

[TU by Ingrid Werthmann]THE COMPANY

TU Dance, led by Alvin Ailey veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, has quickly become a leading voice in the Minnesota dance scene.  Founded in 2004, TU Dance has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic and generous.  Modern dance, classical ballet, African based and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to provide opportunities for audiences, whoever they are, to experience the connective power of dance.


Toni Pierce-Sands
Prior to forming TU Dance, Minnesota native Toni Pierce-Sands performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre, Tanz Forum in Germany, Company Rick Odums in Paris, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she was a featured soloist in such signature pieces as Revelations.  Toni has also appeared in the Twin Cities as a guest performer with Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre, Shapiro & Smith Dance, VocalEssence, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, and Robin Stiehm’s Dancing People Company.  Her command of the Horton Technique has led her to teaching posts throughout the United States and Europe.  Toni teaches dance at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the Director of University Dance Theater.  In 2004, she was awarded the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dance.  TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were named “2005 Artists of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune; and recently opened the TU Dance Center, a professional school and training program.

Uri Sands
Uri Sands’ choreography has received national recognition for his fusion of classical elegance with edgy contemporary action, for pulsating intensity with poetic lyricism.  A native of Miami, Uri performed as a principal dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for five years, with Philadanco, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and as a guest artist with Complexions under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.  His recent choreographic commissions include, among others, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, VocalEssence, Zenon Dance, Penumbra Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  In addition to several film and television credits, Uri has taught dance extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  He was awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2004 and 2011, a 2005 and 2010 Princess Grace Award in choreography and, most recently, a Joyce Foundation Award (2011).  Uri was named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, as well as “Best Choreographer of the Year” in 2006 and 2011 by City Pages.  TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were named “2005 Artists of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune; and recently opened the TU Dance Center, a professional school and training program.


Modern Dance Residency with Helen Simoneau from Québec, Canada on January 20-28, 2015. 

Helen Simoneau will be a guest artist at Beloit College from January 20-28, 2015 teaching classes and choreographing a new work for Beloit students to perform in Chelonia 2015, the TDMS department’s mainstage dance concert!

(photo by Steve Davis)

[Helen Simoneau 2]Helen Simoneau is a native of Québec, Canada. Her company, Helen Simoneau Danse, is based in both NC and NYC. She had the honor of taking 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th in Stuttgart, Germany, and winning The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: NYC. Simoneau has been selected to choreograph for Springboard Danse Montréal, the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Program, and the American Dance Festival’s Footprints series. Her works have been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and has toured throughout Germany, Asia, and the United States. Simoneau is a Bogliasco Fellow, a North Carolina Arts Council Choreographic Fellow, and a Fall 2013 resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC.



Guest Artists for 2013-14

[Guest Artists 2013-2014 (Nandhini Ashok)]Classical Indian Dance Residency with Nandhini Ashok, September 1-14, 2013

Smt. Nandhini Ashok will be guest artist at Beloit College from September 1-14, 2013 teaching classes and choreographing a dance for Beloit students to perform in Chelonia 2014!

Nandhini is a Bharatanatyam dancer, performer, choreographer a multitalented personality and the founder of Shree Paavitra Arts Academy. She has been under the tutelage of different renowned gurus and is specialized in the Tanjavur style of dance. She has completed her Visharad and her master’s degree in Bharatanatyam. She is also well versed with Carnatic music, Tanjore Painting and Stained glass Painting. She is highly conscious of her social needs of the community, her endeavours for fund raising programmes has been highly appreciated and recognized by many International organizations including the Rotary Club. She not only believes in performing herself but also provides a forum to artists to help promote their talent and pursue a career. She conducts through the academy different festivals like ‘International Dance Day’ and a seven day ‘Dassera’ music and dance festival.


Smt. Nandhini believes in giving voice to every student’s different ideas and concepts so, generally her ‘arangetrams’ are thematic and not the usual ‘margams’. She has choreographed on more than 300 songs and ballets like ‘Kaavyam’, ‘Madhurya Bhakti’, ‘Bhaktibhavam’, ‘Body, Mind & Soul’, ‘Evolution of Life’, ‘Nature’, ‘Nachiketa’, ‘Jeevan Mukti’, etc.. The latest performance was on the subject of ‘chakras’. This production was launched on the 16th of March in Mumbai.


Smt. Nandhini likes to experiment and innovate with Indian classical art forms and to evolve with the present and future socio – cultural trends, keeping the basic ethos intact.


Smt. Nandhini believes that one should understand the meaning behind a dance, where you can see poetry in motion.

[Guest Artists 2013-2014 (Catey Ott)]Catey Ott Thompson – Responder for the December Dance Workshop Performance 2013!

Catey spent 14 years dancing, performing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC. Ott received a MFA and BFA in Dance from UWM. She has studied ballet with Christine Wright at 890 Broadway in NYC for 10 years.  She danced in the companies of Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Soundance, Gotham Group Dance and Eun Jung Choi.  She understudied and performed with Bill Young and Sean Curran.  Since 2007, her dance company, Catey Ott Dance Collective, has performed at Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Solar One, Dance Conversations at the Flea, DUMBO Dance Festival, WAXworks, Green Space, 92Y, Fridays at Noon and Sundays at Three, CoolNY Dance Festival, BAX, Hatch, UWM, DanceNOW RAW, Panetta Studio, Local Produce, owanathon, Gowanus Arts, and MCDC salon series. She produced a season at DNA in 2009 and in 2010. She has produced 5 concerts of her choreography at Danceworks in Milwaukee, and has performed with Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, and Milwaukee Dance Theatre. She had a baby boy in 2011 and is thrilled to be back living in Milwaukee in 2012.

Spring 2014 Courses and Hip Hop Intensive January 20-25, 2014

[Guest Artists 2013-2014 (Kelsa Robinson)]Kelsa Robinson will be teaching classes during the whole spring 2014 semester and she will choreograph a dance for Beloit Students to perform in Chelonia 2014! (Auditions in January 2014)

Kelsa is a freestyle dancer who honed her skills within Chicago’s house music scene and the underground street dance community. Her original style blends intricate footwork and the hard, raw aesthetics of Chicago jackin’ with the sensual and undulating qualities of Latin and Afrodiasporan dance forms. In 2006, Kelsa became a member of Venus Fly Trap, the first female all styles crew in the U.S.A. Kelsa is also a community cultural development and arts education specialist who has been creating, managing and assessing programs and curriculum that utilize the arts and culture to build healthy, vibrant communities and empower individuals to reach their fullest human capacities.  Kelsa holds a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a master of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kelsa has performed and served as a guest artist at venues including: El Portón de Sánchez(Buenos Aires, Argentina), B.Supreme/Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England), B girl Be (Minneapolis, MN), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH), and J.U.I.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival/Ford Amphitheatre (Hollywood, CA). In 2006 she won First Place in the Upstyles Battle at City vs. City/International Breakdance Event in Chicago, IL.

Kelsa has been teaching house, street dance, hip hop and Brazilian samba since 2003. As an instructor, she emphasizes technique, improvisation skills, and the historical/cultural contexts of these dance forms, while guiding her students to find their individual voices within the movement.  Kelsa also serves as a teaching artist for Changing Worlds where she develops and implements curriculum that teaches literacy and social emotional skills through the artsto at risk youth in Chicago.


Guest Artists for 2012-13

[Linda Lehovec]Modern Dance residency with Linda Lehovec
Aug 29-30, 2012

Linda will teach classes in modern dance technique.

Linda Lehovec, associate professor in dance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, holds a BFA degree from The Juilliard School and an MFA degree from the University of Illinois. She has performed in the works of contemporary choreographers Joe Goode, Ralph Lemon, Stephen Koester, Bill Young, Sara Hook / David Parker, and Tere O’Connor. Her choreography has been presented in California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada and Korea. Linda has been awarded two fellowships in choreography from the Illinois Arts Council and recently completed her Hatha Yoga teacher training through the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. Linda directs the BFA program for Dance at Illinois in addition to teaching ballet, modern dance technique and yoga.

[Jesse Zaritt]Modern Dance residency with world-renowned dancer and choreographer Jesse Zaritt
Sept 3-14, 2012

Jesse will teach classes and create a piece for students to perform in Chelonia 2013.

Jesse Zaritt received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ The American Dance Festival (2008). Jesse has recently taught at the University of the Arts (PA), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA), Pomona College (CA), and the University of the Americas Puebla (Mexico) as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. He has performed his solo work in Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico and Israel. His solo ‘Binding’ is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production.  From September 2008 through June 2011, he was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He has created choreography for the Seminar HaKibbutzim College and the Acco Theater Festival (Israel). Jesse was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography.  Jesse was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001-2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008). He currently dances in the work of Faye Driscoll and Netta Yerushalmy. Jesse graduated Cum Laude in 2000 from Pomona College (CA).

[Angeline Holmes]Hip Hop, Alexander Technique and Dance History residency with Angeline L. Holmes
Jan 20-26, 2013

Angeline will spend a week on campus teaching classes in hip hop dance as well as offering workshops and lessons in Alexander Technique. She will also give a lecture on the role of hip hop in dance history.

Angeline L. Holmes, BFA graduate in Dance ’98 - University of Illinois and an MFA in Dance ’09 – University of Illinois, is also a certified teacher in the Alexander Technique – trained by Alex and Joan Murray. She has been an instructor for Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop Improvisation at the University of Illinois and the Springer Cultural Arts Center in Champaign, IL. She has appeared in over 20 productions at the St. Louis Muny Opera - often as a featured dancer. Favorite roles include “Topsy” in The King and I, and Martha Cox in “High School Musical”. In addition to her love for dancing, Holmes has many other interests, which have led her to appear on TV shows such as NBC’s “American Dreams”, Disney’s “Even Stevens”, and numerous TV commercials. Interested in working with large casts, her MFA thesis work included 37 dancers and was performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in March 2009. Concert Dance performance credits include Dr. Cynthia Oliver’s “Whisper to Shout”, Renée Wadleigh’s “Split Second”, and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol’s “Paper Song” and her very own thesis work “Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It.” She most recently danced in a new work by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol “In the String Room” with original score by Toby Twining at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. Holmes currently resides in Los Angeles where she teaches the Alexander Technique and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and the Screen Actors Guild.


Guest Artists for 2011-12

West African Dance Residency with Andrea Markus[Guests: Andrea Markus]
October 31-November 13, 2011

Andrea Markus will spend two weeks with our students teaching classes, speaking with the community, visiting area schools and choreographing a dance for our students to perform in Chelonia 2012.  Andrea Markus was born in Jamaica, West Indies. She received her masters degree in Dance and Dance Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Ms. Markus is currently a teacher of African-based modern dance in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. In addition, she is the principal dancer and co-director of Magbana Drum & Dance NYC, a West African-based performance group of percussionists and dancers. Ms. Markus has performed with the Alpha Omega 1-7 Theatrical Dance Company, based in New York City, performing dance works by George Faison, Eleo Pomare, Marshall Romaine, Andy Torres, Leni Wylliams, Gary DeLoatch, and others. She has also traveled to Guinea, West Africa to study dance and drumming with the masters of the national companies Les Ballets Africains and Ballet Djoliba. Ms. Markus has taught West African dance to students in grades K-12 as a master teacher for CREATE! Arts in Education Program, Young Audiences of New York, and for the outreach program of Magbana Drum & Dance NYC. Professor Markus received her B.A. from Ithaca College and her M.A. from New York University.


Modern Dance Residency with Kate Corby’99[Guests: Kate Corby]
Dates TBA

Kate Corby will spend one week with our students teaching classes and choreographin a new work for our students to perform. Kate is a contemporary choreographer, performer and educator. Her dance theater works have been performed extensively in Chicago, as well as in New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and Hungary, where she carried out choreographic research as a Fulbright fellow. Corby is currently an assistant professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches composition, improvisation, contemporary technique and somatics. She re-established Kate Corby & Dancers with Chicago-based dancers Erin Kilmurray, Emily Miller and Anna Normann in 2009. The company was San Francisco-based from 2001-04, performing at the Cowell Theater, ODC Theater, Dance Mission and Venue 9, among other venues. From 2007-09 Corby directed the LIVE ANIMALS Performance Collective in Chicago, showing work at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Links Hall, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse and Around the Coyote Gallery. Corby received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, where she was also an instructor. In addition to teaching master classes nationally and internationally, Corby has served on the faculties of Beloit College, the Pedagogy Department of the Hungarian Dance Academy and the Dance Center of Columbia College.



Guest Artists for 2010-11

[Natya Dance Theatre]Natya Dance Theatre
In residence September 29-30, 2010
Workshops on September 29-30, 2010
Performance September 30, 2010 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts

Natya Dance Theatre (NDT), under the artistic leadership of a Hema Rajagopalan, is amongst the most critically acclaimed and culturally treasured Indian dance companies in the United States. Founded in 1975 and based in Chicago, IL, the highly innovative work of NDT offers profound and subtle expressions of humanity’s deepest questions and values in the context of our present-day lives. Rooted in Bharata Natyam, one of the great classical dance forms of India, NDT preserves and perpetuates Bharata Natyam in all its classical rigor, and moves the art form in innovative directions to foster cultural exchange through dance. NDT’s contemporary interpretations incorporate dynamic body movement, rhythmic footwork, hand gestures and facial expressions to convey meaning and emotion that create rasa, the aesthetic experience that transforms the audience.

At the core of its mission, NDT believes that dance is a powerful means of cultural exchange. This is accomplished by multi-faceted programming, including a professional touring company that performs throughout the country and internationally, a 32-year-old dance school, an outreach program, and a series of presentations featuring the finest Indian performing artists of various genres.

Hailed by The New York Times as, “Admirably precise… animated… sensual… exceptional… triumphant… daring,” audiences and critics worldwide have recognized the artistic excellence of the NDT Company. Recent celebrated performance highlights include: in 2008, the Company performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble before an audience of 13,000 in Chicago’s Millennium Park; in 2005, NDT was the first US company ever to appear at the prestigious World Music Institute in New York City; and In 2002, NDT was the only dance company selected to create an original work for performance at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. NDT is a six-time recipient of the Chicago Reader “Critic’s Choice.” In 2003, NDT was the first Indian dance company to receive the prestigious Chicago Dance Award, and is a 2004 recipient of the Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Columbia College Chicago. NDT was featured in 2005 in The Chicago Dance Project, a 13-part series produced by PBS, and in 2006 in Arts Across Illinois CenterStage on WTTW Channel 11.

NDT has been presented at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage and nationally and internationally at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the Avignon Festival in France, and the Music and Dance Festival in Madras, India, among other major venues.

Collaborations have included works with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lookingglass Theater, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.


[Like You Mean It]Like You Mean It 
Workshops in Improvisational Performance
October 7, 2010

Like You Mean It 
Noelle Chun
Adriana Durant
Annie Kloppenberg

The Columbus, OH-based improvisational trio of dance artists performs and teaches workshops nationally. Audiences have heralded Like You Mean It’s simultaneous wit, humanity, oddity, and physical virtuosity.  The dancers first began working together regularly as graduate students at The Ohio State University and found their individual and collective ideas about improvisational performances yielded a dynamic, distinctive approach to group improvisational performance and teaching. 

Past & upcoming performances and teaching engagements include The Ohio State University, CM2, Agora Arts Festival, Sneak Reviews at Cleveland Public Theater Parish Hall, Ohio University, University of Akron, Oberlin College: (OH); Green Street Studios (MA), University of Wisconsin; Zenon Company Studios (MN), Southern Theater for Minnesota Fringe Festival, Epiphany Dance Experiment (Chicago), University of Michigan, Michigan Dance Project (MI), Triskelion Arts (NYC), Taffety Punk Theater (Washington DC). for more info.

[Arturo G Hernandez]Arturo German Hernandez de la Mesa
Residency in Capoeira, Salsa, African and more!
Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 2010

Arturo G Hernandez (aka Arturo De La Mesa) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Professor Dan Lee's Academy of Tai Chi Chuan, Pacific Dance Academy, Performing Arts Center Annex, and came to dance with the Milwaukee Ballet Company a few years ago. Currently not on contract with MBC, Arturo is involved with Capoeira Nago Milwaukee, African dance through Ajula Dance Company, and Milwaukee Public Schools. A former dancer with City Ballet Theatre, other guesting includes Lake Shore Dance, Pastiche Dance Ensemble, Ritmo Caliente, and most recently dancing in "Isla y Tierra" at Waukesha's Civic Theater


Additionally, Arturo has done Spanish voice over work for companies such as Kohl's, Jockey International, Wild Horse Casino, Non-Box Studios, and Avicom Entertainment. On camera work for Fleet Farm, Power Ball Lottery, Taco Bell, Placas (KMEX, Los Angeles), and look for him in Strata Productions feature film, "No God, No Master".


[The dance COLEctive Small]Margi Cole and The Dance COLEctive
February 21-26, 2011

 The Dance COLEctive (TDC) is a modern dance company that aspires to challenge assumptions about how dance is presented, through the use of cutting-edge choreography, innovative collaborations, and inspired creative site-specific-works. Now in its 15th year, TDC conducts an annual season which includes residencies with universities, high schools and other dance organizations in two geographic regions of the USA; multiple master classes, workshops and lecture demonstrations in the greater Chicago area; an annual week-long summer intensive of classes; an annual concert and residency in Chicago proper; performances in traditional venues and site-specific choreography.  Artistic Director Margi Cole has been recognized with many choreographic awards.  TDC uses modern dance as a vehicle to introduce, challenge and engage its audience in a number of topics.  Through carefully designed residency activities the viewer has gained the knowledge and the desire to interpret our work in a meaningful way.

While at Beloit TDC will conduct a series of residency activities both at the college and in the community.  Many of those activities will be geared around the companies work Written on the Body.  A work for six dancers which uses the lives of the
Brontë sisters as a point of departure in its exploration of gender roles and stereotypes.  The hidden identities of authors, as well as the hardships they endured throughout their lives in Victorian England, provide the framework.  Cole interprets the Brontës' masculine and feminine personae, using movement images of power, strength, vulnerability and intimacy.  Music for the piece is by Kevin O'Donnell, costumes are by Atalee Judy and videoscape is by Michael Cole.


[Movement Project Small]The Space/Movement Project
Residency and Workshop
April 7, 2011

About the Company
The Space/Movement Project is a Chicago-based modern dance collective. The group operates without a single artistic leader but several members sharing creative responsibilities and resources. Committed to artistic partnership, the group continuously explores ways to further their collaborative process. Since 2005, TS/MP has produced concerts at such notable Chicago venues as Links Hall, the Prop Thtr, Hamlin Fieldhouse, The Galaxie, and Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall and performed regionally in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio. Visit TS/MP at

About the Workshop
This group composition workshop will introduce students to the unique methodology TS/MP has developed in their own collaborative practice. Company members will introduce participants to the various tools for developing new work as a group using existing material and original work. Following the workshop, the company will present a short performance of company work.

Some of our past guests include: Heidi Latsky, Gabriel Masson, Joel Hall, Kirby Reed, Natasha Shirokova of Moscow's Modern Dance Theater, B. J. Sullivan, Linda Lehovec, Erica Wilson-Perkins, BlackEarth Collaborative Arts, Jin Wen Yu, Paula Frasz, Catherine Cabeen of Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Aiko Kinoshita, director of Seattle's AcornDance, Chris Walker, Bellydancers Seana Dishun and Christina King, and Margi Cole, Artistic Director and founder of The Dance COLEctive.