Contemporary Artist Faculty

Leading the Contemporary Program are award-winning faculty; check back periodically for updated.

Artist Faculty

Milton Myers

July 13—August 2
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

July 13—August 2
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

July 19—24
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. In 2000, Crandall joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as Associate Artistic Director and taught at the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

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Francesca Harper

July 19—26
Francesca Harper is excited to return to Jacob’s Pillow, the place of her very first commission after returning to the USA. After being named Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performing at the White House, she joined and performed soloist roles with Dance Theater of Harlem and later as a Principal Dancer in William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt.

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Sarah Hillmer

July 26—August 2
An Atlanta, GA native, Sarah Hillmer has dedicated over 17 years to the professional dance world as a dancer, assistant to choreographers, ballet master, stager, educator, and creator. Her company credits include the Atlanta Ballet, glo-as a founding member, and staibdance.

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Helen Pickett

July 26—August 2
Helen Pickett, a native of San Diego, CA, has created over 40 ballets in the U.S. and Europe. The Crucible, a new full length ballet for the Scottish Ballet, which premiered at Edinburgh Festival International Festival, has won two awards to date; the UK Theatre Critics Award and the Herald Angel Award.

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Stephen Shropshire

July 13—19
Stephen Shropshire is a choreographer, curator, and independent dance researcher. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City and holds a Master in Arts and Heritage from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

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Ami Shulman

July 13—17
Ami Shulman is a Rehearsal Director at the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. She has choreographed for the National Theatre of London, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mouvement Perpetuel, and has co-created works with Cirque du Soleil, National Ballet of Canada, and Ballet BC.

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Deborah Wingert

July 13—17
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, amongst others. In addition, she has also worked with New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. She has been a guest teacher for Abraham In Motion, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Academy, and Sarasota Ballet.

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John Levis

July 13—August 2
John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has worked with Philadelphia schools and companies including Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, PHILADANCO!, Temple University, The Rock School of Dance Education, and The University of the Arts, where he is Accompanist Coordinator for the School of Dance.

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