The Dance Program faculty represent a breadth of professional experience, expertise, and engagement with the dance world.
Professor of Dance, Dance Program Director
Maria Simpson, directorPerformer, choreographer and teacher. Maria has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Middlebury College, the University of Washington, the Bates Summer Dance Festival, the 1997 Seattle Summer Dance Festival, the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center’s Summer Workshop, the 2007 Vassar College Summer Workshop, and the Gibney Dance Center in New York City. Maria teaches ballet, modern dance, anatomy, physics of dance, and dance composition. She has performed with many dance companies and independent artists in both Seattle and New York including Freedman/Coleman Dance Company, Peter Schmitz and Dancers, the Pat Graney Company, Gina Gibney Dance, the Chamber Dance Company, and Peter Kyle Dance. As a member of the Chamber Dance Company in Seattle, Maria danced works by Isadora Duncan, Bill Evans, Mark Dendy, Zvi Gotheiner, Murray Louis, Jose' Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Alwin Nikolais, Paul Taylor, Doug Varone, and Mary Wigman. Maria’s choreography has been presented at the artsEdge Festival (Seattle), the dancenow/nyc festival (New York), the Martha Hill Theater (Bennington College), Theater in the Trees (Connecticut), the Fisher Center of the Performing Arts (Bard College) and the Meany Theater (University of Washington). Maria has been working with choreographer Sondra Loring since 2012. They have performed at Judson Church and the 92nd St Y in New York City, the Basilika in Hudson, NY, and as part of summer festivals on Martha’s Vineyard and in New Hampshire. Maria has presented her research in dance science and ballet technique at the National Dance Educators Organization conference and she has also been published in Impulse—the International Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Maria received a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington in 1996. (2004-) Professor of Dance.
Artist in Residence
Souleymane BadoloSouleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and dancer born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He started his professional career as a dancer for the DAMA, a traditional African dance company. In 1993, he founded his own Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, which fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance and continues to tour internationally. Mr. Badolo has danced with world-renowned contemporary African dance company Salia ni Seydou, worked with French choreographers Elsa Wolliaston and Mathilde Monnier, and performed with the National Ballet of Burkina. He and Kongo Ba Téria are featured in the widely-screened documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa which documents the continent’s emergent experimental dance scene. Since moving to New York City in 2009, Badolo has created a number of solo projects commissioned and presented by Danspace, New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Harlem Stage, the 92nd Street Y, the Museum of Art & Design, Mount Tremper Arts, and the sprawling River to River Festival (R2R). He has collaborated with Nora Chipaumire, Ralph Lemon, Reggie Wilson, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women. His ongoing research in Africa has been supported by The Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts. Mr. Badolo was nominated for a 2011 New York Dance & Performance (Bessie) Award as Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and in 2012, received the Juried Bessie Award (from jurists Lar Lubovitch, Yvonne Rainer and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar). In summer 2013, he was named Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for Curatorial Practice and Performance at Wesleyan University and Mount Tremper Arts. Badolo was commissioned to create a dance for Philadanco as part of James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, produced by The Apollo Theater for presentation there in October 2013, followed by national and international touring dates. Mr. Badolo was the recipient of Wesleyan University’s 2014 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award. Badolo was selected to be the Harkness Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the BAM Fisher for summer 2015 and was commissioned by BAM to create Yimbégré, an evening-length work for presentation in the renowned Next Wave Festival. Yimbégré, a dance for Badolo, Sylvestre Koffitse Akakpo-Adzaku, and Mamoudou Konate, was reprised at the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Badolo is currently on faculty at Williams College and Bennington College, and has previously taught at The New School, the University of North Carolina Asheville,Performance Yimbegré February 15, 16, 17 18 Berlington Vermont. He graduated with an MFA from Bennington in June 2013.
Teaching Artist, American Dance Festival
Ivy BaldwinIvy Baldwin is a choreographer and founder of Ivy Baldwin Dance (est. 1999). Recent commissions include BAM (Next Wave Festival), Philip Johnson Glass House, The Joyce Theater (Joyce Unleashed), Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, The Wooden Floor, and MANITOGA / Russel Wright Design Center. Baldwin has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Marble House Project; residencies at Gibney Dance Center (DiP), Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, MASS MoCA, Mount Tremper Arts, and ADI; and been an Artist-in-Residence with BAM, Movement Research, Abrons Arts Center, ArtistNe(s)t (Romania), The Yard, and currently MANITOGA, Center for Performance Research, and 92nd St. Y. IBD has also been presented by Tanz im August (Danceoff!) (Germany), Dans Contemporan International Festival (Romania), New Museum, P.S 122, La MaMa, E.T.C., Danspace Project, American Dance Institute (MD), The Painted Bride (PA), and REDCAT (CA). Baldwin teaches around the U.S., including most recently, The New School, Rutgers University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Barnard College. Baldwin holds degrees from from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A) and North Carolina School of the Arts (B.F.A).
Professor of Dance
Jean ChurchillStudied modern dance at Connecticut College Dance Festival. Member, Boston Ballet Company (1966–72); artistic director, New England Dinosaur (1976). Performed works by James Waring, Trisha Brown, Carolyn Brown, George Balanchine, Norman Walker, and in classical and modern ballets. Choreography in Choreographer’s Showcase, Split Stream, Fresh Tracks, Men Dancing, Performance Mix, and To the Pointe festivals; venues in Scotland; and many venues in the United States. Choreography and direction for Cinderella’s Bad Magic, opera composed by Kyle Gann, premiered in Moscow (2002). (1980– ) Professor of Dance.
Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance
Lindsay ClarkLindsay Clark has been performing and teaching in NYC and internationally since 2005. She has had the pleasure of working with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Faye Driscoll, Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Yve Laris Cohen, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Vanessa Anspaugh, Jack Ferver, John Jasperse, Yasuko Yokoshi, Michelle Boulé, Pontus Lidberg, and Xavier Le Roy. She is currently working on a new project with Juliana May and is enrolled in the Alexander Technique teacher training program at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. Lindsay has taught professional and open ballet classes in NYC and modern dance, composition, and improvisation at the University of the Arts, Hollins University, and the American Dance Festival. Lindsay attended High School at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major, holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in dance from Hollins University.
Term Associate Professor of Dance
Leah CoxM.F.A., Hollins University, B.A., Texas Christian University. Dean of the American Dance Festival; former director of the New York Live Arts/ Bard College partnership (2009-2015); former education director of New York Live Arts; former education director, company member, and rehearsal assistant, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (2001–2014).At Bard, Cox regularly teaches Intro to Modern, Intermediate/Advanced Modern, and Comp III, and she assists in the administration of Junior/Senior Seminar in Dance. She co-teaches several of these courses with the teaching artists via the Trisha Brown Dance Company partnership. Cox has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is passionate about the intersections between dance and various other disciplines, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and gender studies.
Visiting Associate Professor of Dance
Peggy FlorinChoreographer, performer and teacher who has taught at Oberlin College, Ohio University, Williams College, Bennington College and at summer residencies at the Bennington College July Program, Pro Danza Italia and the White Mountain Dance Festival. She teaches modern and ballet technique, dance composition, repertory and experiential anatomy. Trained as a child in classical ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House by Anthony Tudor and Margaret Craske, she performed with the Atlanta Ballet and as a soloist with the Manhattan Festival Ballet. She has appeared in the work of many choreographers including Anna Wyman, Muna Tseng, Albert Reid, Phyllis Lamhut, Janet Panetta and Charles Moulton, touring nationally and in Europe. Her choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, the Cunningham Studio, DIA, Movement Research and the Marymount Manhattan Theater in New York City, and at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in Massachusetts, the Bennington College Martha Hill Performance Space, the Bard College Fisher Center of the Performing Arts, and the New England Artists Conference. Peggy’s creative work and teaching is influenced by her on-going study of movement through the Alexander Technique, clowning techniques learned from Yuri Belov, Eric Trules and Bill Irwin and experiential anatomy from Lulu Sweigart, Irene Dowd, Nancy Topf and Andrea Olsen. An AmSat certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, she is on the faculty of the teacher training program at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique in New York City. She studied in the BFA program at Juilliard, holds a BA from Empire State College and an MFA from Bennington College.
Teaching Artist, American Dance Festival
Nia LoveNia Love is a native Californian, based in Harlem New York. Her career spans forty years, beginning in 1978 when she became one of the youngest international apprentices with Havana’s world renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In 1986, Love studied Butoh and toured with celebrated Japanese Butoh master Min Tanaka. Received her B.F.A.in Theater from Howard University (1987), M.F.A. in Choreography Florida State University (1992). A Fulbright Fellow (2002-03), a Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX Artist-In-Residence (2011-12, 2013-14), and a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2016-17). Love received the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund (2013-14), the Alvin Ailey New Directions Lab Choreographer Award (2013-14), the CUNY Dance Initiative (2014-15), a Bessies award for the Most Outstanding Performer (2017) as part of the ensemble of Skeleton Architecture, and the CUNY Incubator Grant (2018-19). Currently BAX Racial Equity Advisor, and Adjunct Professor at Queens College, Hunter College and The New School. In Spring 2018, she was the Movement Research Exchange Guest Artist/Lecturer UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance. In Fall 2018, she will be a guest professor at BARD College, and in Winter 2019 a visiting professor at University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her own work, she is the co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ the collective.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
Jillian PeñaJillian Peña is a Latinx dance and video artist whose work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire between self and other. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. Jillian received a 2016 Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in New York and was awarded the 2014 Prix Jardin d'Europe, the European Prize for Outstanding Emerging Choreography at ImpulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna. Her videos have screened in over 13 countries, and her live performance has been presented internationally, including at Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, 92nd St Y, Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, and at ImPulsTanz Vienna, Modern Art Oxford, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Sophiensaele Berlin, and the International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, PS122, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, the National Dance Center of Bucharest, and Archauz Denmark. Jillian has created work for American Ballet Theater, American Dance Festival's Footprints Program, and the University of the Arts. She was a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar during which she was awarded an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a Practice-based MPhil at Goldsmiths University.
Teaching Artist, American Dance Festival
EmmaGrace Skove-EpesEmmaGrace Skove-Epes, a Brooklyn native, has been presenting her choreography and working as a freelance performer since 2008. Her work has been shared at venues including Gibney, New York Live Arts, Theater for the New City, Roulette Intermedium, AUNTS, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Riverside Park, Movement Research@ Judson Church, Gowanus Arts, the Center for Performance Research, the 92nd street Y, Triskelion Arts, and the Uncanny Valley. EmmaGrace has been the recipient of a Fresh Tracks residency at NYLA (with collaborator Jonathan González), a Work Up residency at Gibney, residencies at Chez Bushwick, Gowanus Arts, and The Sable Project, and the recipient of a space grant at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange She is currently a collaborating performer in the work of Edisa Weeks, Jonathan González, and Nadia Tykulsker. She has previously performed in the works of RoseAnne Spradlin, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, Peniel Guerrier, Kathy Westwater, Sondra Loring, Jesse Philips-Fein, and Mor Mendel. She has taught improvisation, technique, somatics, and composition at studios, schools, and universities including James Baldwin High School, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, in the NYU Tisch Drama at Stella Adler, NYU Tisch Summer Residency Festival, Barnard College, Third Root Community Health Center, Gibney, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive. She holds a B.A. from Bard College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.