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Guest Artists and Residencies

Each year, dance department presents internationally acclaimed guest teachers from companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Bad Boys of Dance, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, MOMIX, New York City Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor Dance Company, STREB Extreme Action, Trey McIntyre Project, Royal Danish Ballet, and Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai.  Below is a list of some of our master classes, guest artists, residencies, and other opportunities that have been affiliated with the Mercyhurst University Dance Department in the past:

Robert Barnett



Former Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Shannon Lee West



Resident Choreographer-Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Kara Jones




Amanda Edge


Master Classes

New York City Ballet, Current performer with “Phantom” on Broadway

Matthew Prescott


Master Classes/Guest Artist Chat

Instructor for Joffrey NYC, Interlochen Arts Academy, Former dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Current performer with “Phantom” on Broadway

Maria Caruso


Master Classes

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Ursula Payne


Master Classes/Residency

Slippery Rock University Dance Department Chair

Compagnie Käfig


Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Moscow Festival Ballet


Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Diego Salterini


Master Classes

Co-director and Co-founder of DANCE!Now Ensemble

Bad Boys of Dance (Rasta Thomas)


Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Laura Alonso


Master Classes

-Performed with Ballet National de Cuba for 25 years

-Stages classics for London’s Royal Ballet School and The Royal Danish Ballet

Vivi Flindt


Master Classes

-Originated many roles with The Royal Danish Ballet

Bill Evans



-Undergraduate program director at the College at Brackport & State University of New York

-Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

-Artistic & Executive Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company

-Creator of the Evans Modern Dance Technique

Maria Caruso


Master Classes

-Artistic Director of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Lisa de Ribre


Master Classes


-Former dancer with New York City Ballet and Soloist with American Ballet Theater

Chita Rivera


Guest Artist Chat

 -Original Broadway Cast of West Side Story, Chicago, Bye-Bye Birdie

Tim Veach   Master Classes

-Director, Columbus Dance Theater

Amanda Dunster   Guest Choreographer

-Ballet Mistress for Pennsylvania Ballet

-Stage La Fille Mal Garde on The Mercyhurst Dancers

Eddie Tovar   Guest Artist

-Past principal of Texas Ballet Theater

-Past company member of Orlando Ballet

Bruce Marks  

Guest Artist

-Internationally acclaimed dancer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, consultant, and competition judge

-Metropolitan Opera Ballet, ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, etc

Nancy Jordan   Guest Choreographer

-Stage Limon repetoire as member of Jose Limon Foundation

-Previous ballet mistress of the Juilliard School

Wei Wu   Masterclass/Guest Choreographer -Liaoning Ballet Academy of China
Daniel Lewis   Guest Choreographer -Jose Limon Foundation