Milton Myers, Program Director | July 10-30

Under the direction of Milton Myers, studio work and performance experiences prepare dancers to meet the expectations and requirements of today’s most in-demand artistic directors. Three renowned and stylistically diverse choreographers create work on the dancers, which they present to the public July 15, 22, and 29.

Dancers are coached in multiple movement vocabularies, styles, techniques, and performance skills to deepen their ability to communicate choreographic intent and advance their development as articulate, versatile artists. Distinguished master faculty lead career discussions and daily classes in ballet, body conditioning, and contemporary dance. 85th Anniversary Festival performances and events include master classes and lunch discussions with Festival performers, public talks, exhibits, studying in the Archives, and more—all are integral to this immersive experience in dance.

For 24 contemporary dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level with
strong performance skills, age 16 and up.


Milton Myers

Milton Myers is resident choreographer and instructor for Philadanco and on the faculties of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Peridance, STEPS on Broadway, and The Juilliard School, where he is the first Horton instructor.

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Alphonse Poulin

Alphonse Poulin has danced professionally with Boston Ballet, Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon, Nationaltheater München, and Theater des Westens in Berlin.

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Aya Kaneko

Aya Kaneko was born in Osaka, Japan, and earned a vocational examination syllabus certificate at The Royal Academy of Dance in London. She has worked with several ballet companies and schools as both a dancer and teacher in Osaka and Kobe.

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Brian Reeder

Brian Reeder is the current year-round choreographer-in-residence for Manhattan Youth Ballet at Manhattan Movement Arts Center. As a choreographer, he has created or restaged his work at ABT Studio Company, American Ballet Theatre, BalletNext, Colorado Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and The Washington Ballet.

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Catherine Cabeen

Catherine Cabeen earned a M.F.A. from University of Washington and is an assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College.

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Charla Genn

Charla Genn is currently on the ballet faculty of The Juilliard School. In addition, she instructs professional ballet company classes in New York City at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Jessica Lang Dance, and The Metropolitan Opera.

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Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett is marking her 12th year as a choreographer in the U.S. and Europe. Pickett served as resident choreographer for Atlanta Ballet from 2012-2017.

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Jae Man Joo

Jae Man Joo has worked with the Complexions Contemporary Ballet since 2001 as Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Master, and in-house choreographer. Joo started his classical ballet training in Kwang-Ju, Korea where he was born and raised.

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John Levis

John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. This is Levis' 20th year on faculty at The School at Jacob's Pillow.

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Marguerite Donlon

Marguerite Donlon, an Irish-born performer based in Berlin, is an innovative contemporary choreographer who is critically acclaimed worldwide. From 2001-2013, Donlon was the ballet director and house choreographer of the Saarland State Theater; otherwise known as the “Donlon Dance Company”.

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Mario Alberto Zambrano

Mario Alberto Zambrano was a contemporary ballet dancer for Ballet Frankfurt, Batsheva Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Nederlands Dans Theater.

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