Guest Faculty

An essential aspect of our program is working with a variety of international guest instructors and choreographers. Dancers acquire a broad movement vocabulary and learn how to understand and respond to a variety of choreographic visions.  In addition to the immeasurable benefit of increasing their exposure to, and their adaptability within, the contemporary dance environment, these connections with the dance community create opportunities and open doors for our students to begin their careers as dance professionals.

Past Guests and Choreographers Include:

Mauro Astolfi – AD, Spellbound Contemporary Dance
Gioconda Barbuto – Nederlands Dans Theatre
Eric Beauchesne – Kidd Pivot
Francesca Caroti – Forsythe Technologies
Shawn Housell  – International Choreographer
Thomas Klein – Compañía Nacional de Danza de España
Donna Krasnow – University of California
James Kudelka – International Choreographer
Doug Letheren – L-E-V
Fernando Hernando Magadan – Nederlands Dans Theatre
Francisco Martinez – Juilliard School
Walter Mateinni – Imperfect Dancers Italy
Emily Molnar – AD, Ballet BC
Crystal Pite – AD, Kidd Pivot
Amy Raymond – Dutch National Ballet
Lesley Telford – Nederlands Dans Theatre
Wen Wei Wang – Wen Wei Dance
Tom Weinberger –Batsheva Danse Ensemble
Alexandra Wells – Juilliard School

Arts Umbrella’s training is unique, with a well-balanced curriculum stressing the need for integrity, discipline, creativity and emotional investment, while providing rigorous classical training as well as experience dancing in multiple styles.

—Emily Molnar, Artistic Director of Ballet BC

I have a huge respect for Artemis and what she is doing… I am able to work easily at AU, whether it is teaching technique at the summer intensive or choreography for the students. Arty passes on valuable concepts that go beyond technique while at the same time creating body and studio awareness in the students that goes a long way towards creating a much healthier culture in the professional dance world.

—James Kudelka, O.C. Choreographer, previously Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada (1996-2005)

Just over a year ago, I had the wonderful experience of working with the students of the AUDC. My time there was nothing less than extraordinary. The dedication, focus and work ethic these students already have is remarkable, and it became the source of inspiration of the work we created.

—Fernando Hernando Magadan, Choreographer