SHARON WONG a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, is originally from the UK. She was formally Chair of the Jazz Department at the Ailey School at the Joan Weill Center for Dance in New York City, as well as a member of the jazz faculty and faculty advisor (1992-2002).
Sharon has served as an adjunct professor of dance at Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) and continues to instruct at Hope College, where she teaches several levels of modern and jazz as well as choreographs for H2 Dance Co. and the Dance Departments’ annual faculty concert.
Sharon’s most recent premiere “Duet” was performed by Florida Dance Theatre (April/2014) at Florida Southern University, in celebration of the company’s twentieth anniversary. Fall of 2014, “Rebirth” was performed by H2 Dance Co. during their home season at the Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI. Additional works by Sharon include “Pearls on a Chain” performed at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York; the presentation of a full evening of choreographed works at Baton Rouge Community College; a considerable number of works for NA2 Dance Company in Japan; several original pieces performed at The Joyce Soho with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance; “Treasures” for Dance Adelphi, Garden City, NY; numerous bodies of work for the Ailey School in NYC and Cawthra Park Repertoire Dance Ensemble in Mississauga, Ontario. She continues to teach and choreograph nationally and internationally.
Additionally, Sharon has served as board member for Evon Arts Ltd. Coming Together Performance Series, and was a recipient of the Adelphi University Distinguished Faculty Excellence Award (2005). She has been included in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” in editions 8 through 12. She has served as guest dance educator at the Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensive (2011-2012), Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts Summer School (Kent, CT), Jean M. Wong School of Ballet International Summer Dance School (Hong Kong), DanceStrides Barbados (2000, 2007, 2014) and at Florida Dance Theatre Summer Intensive (Lakeland, FL).
William Charles Crowley received his MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. He received additional dance training while on scholarship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. William has danced with Aerial Dance Theater, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Dansplateau (Belgium), David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Dance Gallery/Peter Sparling & Co., in which he performed the lead role in Martha Graham's masterwork, El Penitente.
He has received favorable reviews from such publications as: The Detroit Free Press, The Chicago Tribune, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Miami Art Exchange, The Miami Herald, and Dance Magazine, which stated: "That... Crowley seems to share [his] magic with us makes this universe ultimately reassuring."
In March 2004, William became Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Next Step Dance, a modern dance company in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In April 2004, the company held their premiere performance in a studio space at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Miami Art Exchange wrote: "William Charles Crowley... [an] accomplished dance maker."
In August 2004, William returned to Michigan as a guest artist to perform in the Peter Sparling Dance Co. 10 Year Retrospective. He also returned to Michigan in September 2004, to work as a guest choreographer with Aerial Dance Theater, setting his work, Kawabata Suite.
From 2002-2005, William served as a choreographer for the AVEDA corporation, choreographing runway shows for their Get Connected Tour/Master Jam in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, St. Petersburg, FL, New York, NY, Hollywood, CA, Miami Beach, FL, and Dallas, TX, as well as their national conventions, AVEDA Congress 2002 and AVEDA Congress 2005 in Minneapolis, MN.
In January 2005, William became Artistic Director of Next Step Dance and relocated the company to Bay Harbor Islands, FL. In April 2005, Next Step Dance made its triumphant return to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with the 2nd Annual Next Step Dance Series, and was also the subject of a feature story in the Lifestyle Section of the Sun Sentinel. In May 2005, William was invited to perform his work Woodblock Study, in the NewGrounds 2005 dance concert presented by Moving Current Dance Collective in Tampa, FL.
Since then, the company has returned to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to present seven more successful annual performances, including the sold out 4th Annual Next Step Dance Series: Celebrating the Male Dancer, and was once again honored with a feature story in the Sun Sentinel.
In January 2008, William served as Dance Coordinator for the Florida Grand Opera's production of Bizet's, Les pecheurs de perles ("The Pearl Fishers"), performed at both the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
In March 2012, William attended the Graham Technique Refresher Course at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City, where 25 instructors from the United States, England, France, and Greece came together to analyze, discuss, and debate how to best preserve the Graham Technique for future generations.
Currently, William is teaching throughout the United States and Europe, including the Chipping Campden Contemporary Dance Festival in The Cotswolds, England; FEDES (Federatie Dans en Sport) in Brugge, Belgium; and the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France.
Richard Rivera hails from concrete buildings and asphalt pavement in Bronx, New York. He has experience performing, teaching and choreographing in the United States and internationally. His primary dance training is from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center with additional classical training from Peridance Center and David Howard Ballet Studios. Richard was a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters. He has also worked under the direction of Donald Byrd, Sean Curran, Kevin Wynn, Shen Wei, Arthur Aviles, and other notable choreographers in the New York dance community.
In 2002, Richard founded PHYSUAL, a dance company that uses movement as a catalyst for developing ideas and performance work. PHYSUAL has served as a vehicle for Richard to explore his choreographic voice and express his point of view through structural aesthetic. PHYSUAL has also had the distinct honor of being presented by Jacobs Pillow as part of their Inside/Out Series ’05.
During 2004 and 2005 Richard was an artist in residence at Tribec Performing Arts Center. After his two year residency he was commissioned by TPAC to assist in the development of a curriculum for an arts exchange with P.S. 104 in Lower Manhattan and co-create an original theater piece titled “Dance Soup.” The focus of “Dance Soup” was story telling through movement and dance for young audiences.
Currently Richard is collaborating with musician/composer Julio Montero on the development of a Spanish Rock Opera titled “Cancion del Inmigrante.”
The Guest Artist Series is
supported by the DeLong Endowment for Dance.
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