Contemporary Faculty

This years Contemporary program is led by the award-winning faculty below.

Artist Faculty

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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Didy Veldman

Dutch artistic director, choreographer, and contemporary teacher Didy Veldman was trained in Amsterdam. She danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet Genève, Rambert, and co-founded Alias Company in 1992. She began choreographing in 1987, creating work for all four companies.

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Lucas Crandall

Lucas Crandall joined the Milwaukee Ballet in 1979 and the Ballet du Grand-Theatre de Geneve in 1980. From 1985-1987, Crandall danced with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). He has performed in works by Oscar Araiz, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Rui Horta Kylian, Amanda Miller, and Ohad Naharin.

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Arturo Fernandez

Arturo Fernandez, Ballet Master Emeritus at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, has been an integral part of LINES Dance Center as a teacher for the company and open classes. He started the LINES Ballet Summer Program for pre-professional dancers and was coordinator and instructor for the Alonzo King Professional Workshop.

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Darrell Grand Moultrie

Darrell Grand Moultrie has established himself as one of America’s most diverse and sought-after choreographers and master teachers.

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Jae Man Joo

Jae Man Joo is a Korea-born artist and received the 2009 Princess Grace Award for excellence in choreography. He was a principal dancer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Hispánico and worked with Shen Wei, Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, and Jessica Lang.

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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 went on to work with several ballet companies, projects, and schools as both a dancer and teacher in Osaka and Kobe.

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Thomas Mcmanus

Thomas McManus is a professional dancer, choreographer, educator, and recognized expert on the repertory, technique, and improvisational methods of renowned choreographer William Forsythe. 

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Kerry Nicholls

Nicholls is regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary technique teachers. She receives many invitations to teach internationally at Ballet National de Marseille (France), Escuela de Danza (Cuba), the Beijing Dance Academy (China), and the Juilliard School (U.S.).

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Deborah Wingert

Deborah Wingert is Head Faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet and on faculty at the Juilliard School. She is one of a small group of artists selected by The George Balanchine Trust to set his choreography, and has traveled throughout the United States setting and staging the Balanchine repertoire at Harvard University, Indiana University, Princeton University, and Butler University.

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