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Joy Bollinger is rehearsal director, repetiteur and choreographer for the Bruce Wood Dance Project. A Texas Christian University alum, she has a BFA in ballet and has performed in dances by Fernando Bujones, Li-Chou Cheng, and Elizabeth Gillaspy.  Her professional career began with the Bruce Wood Dance Company in 2002. She worked with BWDC for four years while also dancing as a guest artist for Irving Ballet, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, and Madison Ballet. From 2007 to 2013, Bollinger co-directed the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department, where she developed a passion for teaching and choreography. As a founding member of BWDP in 2010, Bollinger has continued to perform and restage Wood's works and most recently premiered an original work titled Carved In Stone on the company.



Leah Cox is Dean of the American Dance Festival and a faculty member at Bard College.  She worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014: she began as a Company dancer; briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant; became the Company’s first education director, launching its education programs; and regularly reconstructed the Company's works on students and professional dancers.  Cox’s choreography has been presented in New York City at the Museum of Art and Design, the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC.

Jordan Fuchs is an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher, who uses improvised and pre-set choreographic structures to create dynamic, engaged states of presence and physicality for dancers, able to work in a variety of solo, ensemble and contact improvisation based partnering contexts. Believing in the unmediated, expressive capacity of the human body in motion, he values multiplicity of interpretation, disorientation and risk-taking. Based in Denton, Texas, Fuchs is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University and a Fulbright Specialist. His choreography has been presented through out New York City and nationally, and he has received choreographic commissions from Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam and grants from the New York State Music Fund and the DTW Suitcase Fund. He has taught across the United States, and internationally in Hong Kong, Moscow, Puerto Rico, Taipei, Tokyo and Geraldton, Western Australia. In 2009 Fuchs founded the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, which he continues to coordinate.




John Gardner has distinguished himself in two major dance companies, American Ballet Theatre and White Oak Dance Project. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1978, and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner’s diverse repertoire included many soloist and principal roles, which represented an extensive range of styles, and afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the master choreographers of the twentieth century. Mr. Gardner is currently a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Trust, and together with his wife Amanda McKerrow stages many of the Antony Tudor ballets around the world. During the course of his career, Mr. Gardner has achieved an excellent reputation as a master teacher and coach for ballet on both the professional and student levels, and has staged numerous ballets for companies and schools around the world.

Mr. Gardner also enjoys choreographing, and has made dances and contributed choreography form many regional ballet companies and universities.




General McArthur Hambrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. He trained at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School. Companies include Fort Worth Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre and Chamber Dance. He received the 1999 McKnight Fellowship, 2001 Natalie Skelton Achievement Award and the 2001 Wyoming Arts Council Performing Arts Fellowship. Musical theatre credits include the Broadway and National touring companies of Cats, Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera. General toured with the 25th Anniversary Tour of A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway, the revival of Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Regional credits include Swing, Once On This Island, Jesus Christ Superstar. He currently teaches at West Virginia University in the School of Theatre & Dance.




Amanda McKerrow has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then, she has been a recipient of numerous other awards, including the Princess Grace Dance Fellowship. Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, was appointed to the rank of soloist in 1983, and became a principal dancer in 1987. She danced leading roles in the major classics, and had numerous works created for her by many of the great choreographers of the twentieth century. She has also appeared as a guest artist throughout the world. Ms. McKerrow is a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Trust, and together with her husband John Gardner has stagesd many of the Antony Tudor ballets for professional companies and universities, including American Ballet Theater, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Star Dancers Tokyo, Texas Christian University, Western Michigan Universtiy, and Brigham Young University. Ms. McKerrow is also in demand as a master teacher for both students and dancers at the professional and student level.



Margo Sappington,international choreographer/director, a Texan, began her professional career dancing with the Joffrey Ballet in New York at the age of 17, her choreographic career at age 21 with “Oh! Calcutta!” in which she also performed in New York, Los Angeles, London and on film. She has created works for ballet and contemporary companies worldwide including the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Theater, Nederlands Dance Theater, Ballet du Capitole, National Ballet of China and many others. She has created for opera and theater companies including 3 simulcasts “Live from the San Francisco Opera”. From 1995-99 she shared artistic direction of Ballet: The Daring Project with ballerina Valentina Kozlova. The company of 10 dancers presented her works across the U.S. and Europe plus 3 seasons at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Margo is known as an innovator of the use of popular music in ballet, creating works with collaborators Michael Kamen, Prince, William Shatner and Indigo Girls.She has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on Broadway and received the 2016 Heart and Soul Award from Career Transitions for Dancers.

Leslie Scott is a Choreographer, International producer, and Entrepreneur Educator for performing artists. She is the founder and AD of BODYART ( a NY & LA based multi-media contemporary dance theatre Company. As an International producer, Scott has organized festivals in NYC, Beijing, and Edinburgh, and the Producing Director for Invertigo Dance Theatre. Ms Scott regularly travels across the country for commissions and to work with students on composition, branding, marketing and producing goals. Scott holds an MFA from CalArts in choreography and a BFA in Modern Dance from TCU. Her work has been performed in notable venues from LA, NYC, Dallas, Edinburgh and New Zealand including the Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, Summerhall and the Bass Performance Hall. In 2013, The Decay Project was created as a dance film residency program that partners with different local communities across the globe. BODYART has just finished a residency in Christchurch New Zealand and Malaysia/Indonesia in July 2016. Ms Scott is also certified sommelier and enjoys incorporating all five senses into her choreographic projects.

Deborah Vogel has been active in the dance medicine field since 1978.  She co-founded the Center for Dance Medicine in NYC and continues to present workshops focused on injury prevention and care.  Her clients include professional dancers and athletes, actors, vocalists and musicians. Deborah's articles can be found in Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, and Pointe Magazines. Deborah wrote Tune Up Your Turnout: A Dancer's Guide, and has co-authored a 3-level guide for teaching functional anatomy in dance classes.  Currently, she is on faculty at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.