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Maxine Debruyn

Linda Graham

Steven Iannacone

Linda Booker

Nicki Flinn

Julie Powell

Erik Alberg

Matthew Farmer

Crystal Frazier

Angie Yetzke

Cindy Alberg

Darlene Veenstra

Visiting Guest Artists


FALL 2014

Sharon Wong: has been on faculty at Alvin Ailey since 1992. She serves as faculty advisor for BFA and Certificate students at the Alvin Ailey School. She is presently on faculty at Adelphi University Dance Department. Sharon serves on the Board of Directors of Evon Arts LTD COming Together Performance Series, New York City. She has received the J.S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Dance.


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."

William moved to Miami, FL in the Spring of 2000, where he accepted a three year teaching position at the prestigious New World School of the Arts. He then served as adjunct faculty at Miami-Dade College (2002-04), Part Time Lecturer at Barry University (2006-09), and Lecturer of Dance at the University of Miami (2006-11).

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.

Anne-René Petrarca is a modern dancer, choreographer and Alexander Technique teacher and the founder and artist-director of the dance company Sculpted Motion. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. Since re-locating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 after 20 years in New York City Anne-René teaches modern technique at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and Alexander for the LINES Ballet Training Program and the Mills College Dance Department. In New York she was on the faculty of DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) and assistant faculty at The Juilliard School. Anne-René's approach to teaching modern dance integrates the Alexander Technique along with influences from various modern techniques,the work of Irene Dowd, Bartenieff fundamentals and Yoga. Movement qualities have organic undertones and contain rich details, strong circular shapes, seamless transitions and complex floor work. This class is designed to challenge the dancer technically and artistically, movement can range from athletic and percussive to lyrical and sensual.This class facilitates an atmosphere that allows the dancer to heighten his/her physical awareness and the expression in the body while experiencing the joy in his/her dancing. Sculpted Motion will be Artist-In-Residence at Shawl-Anderson in 2012.

The Guest Artist Series is supported by the DeLong Endowment for Dance.

For more information contact the Hope College Dance Department at (616) 395-7700.



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