Meet the jurors of the 2020 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. Jurors will reviewed and ranked all applications submitted during the call for submissions for the Dance Festival.
The Dance Festival will take place June 20-21, 2020 at the University of Denver campus. Tickets for the Main Stage Showcase will go on sale in the spring of 2020.
Kathi Crum joined the Colorado Ballet Academy teaching faculty in 2013 and is currently the Lower Division Coordinator as well as ballet teacher. Kathi served as President of Colorado Dance Education Organization from 2015-2018 and was a 2018-2019 cohort of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ Leadership Arts program. Kathi has previously been on the teaching faculty of Houston Ballet Academy, taught in collaboration with Nikoloz Makhateli, and has taught and choreographed for numerous other dance schools and youth performing troupes in Houston and the Denver-metro area. Kathi has created choreography and coached students for Youth America Grand Prix and has been adjudicator for scholarship programs as a Houston Ballet Academy representative. Ballet training included many years at Dance Theatre of Harlem and as an advanced trainee at Joffrey, NY, under Trinette Singleton, John Magnus, Dorothy Lister, and Francesca Corkle. At the age of 16, Kathi was a corps member of Connecticut Ballet under Brett Raphael. Kathi’s primary focus is in providing sound and quality ballet training and her teaching training has included workshops at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Vail International Teacher’s Conference with Gilbert Mayer of the Ballet School of Paris Opera, Anne Green-Gilbert, trained pointe shoe fitter by Gamba, Ltd., and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Levels 6/7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Mary Wohl Haan took her first dance class as a sophomore at the University of Toledo with Elaine Valois. After receiving an MFA in choreography from the University of Utah, she spent nine years in Chicago as faculty at Columbia College Dance Center and principal dancer with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, performing in New York City, across the Midwest and at the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia. Winner of Chicago’s Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Dancer of the Year,” Mary has taught and produced concerts across the country. As director, choreographer and performer of Boulder’s HAAN Dances, she creates original solos and group dances, directs outdoor projects, and commissions solo work for herself from other artists. For the past 15 years she has also produced dance for camera work and incorporated film into her live stage work. Using the theatrical strengths of live theater and movement images immersed in sensation, her hallmark is bold, dynamic dances, incorporating humor, pathos, dramatic themes, characterizations, musicality and athleticism. A recipient of numerous awards and grants for her artistic work, including a 2012Legend of Dance in Colorado by the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library and a 2018 Dairy Center Honor, Mary has been an integral part of the Boulder dance community for 30 years, including 15 years as coordinator of Dance Bridge, a dance resource project for the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture. She is also a competitive masters’ swimmer with Boulder Aquatic Masters and fly fishes in the area.
Rachael Harding has trained extensively in jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA in dance and a BS in Business Management from the University of Arizona. She was a member of the Denver-based company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and served as Assistant Rehearsal Director. Rachael toured the United States as a solo dancer with winds quintet, Imani Winds, in “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot.” In Denver, Rachael has performed in the productions Nixon in China, The Pearl Fishers, Rusalka and Josephine with Opera Colorado. She has worked with Colorado based professional dance companies; Davis Contemporary Dance, Moraporvida, Interweave Dance Theatre, Kim Robards and New Breed Dance Company. She has had the pleasure to perform at notable venues; Apollo Theatre, Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Rachael has been teaching dance for over twenty years to children and adults at the recreational, competitive and professional levels. She has taught master classes at Denver School of the Arts, Loughborough University (UK), University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Arizona, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School, Boulder Jazz Dance workshop and at various dance studios throughout the Denver area. She has set choreography professionally for Aspen Dance Connection and for Opera Colorado’s Rusalka, Aida and Josephine productions. Rachael is the owner and Artistic Director of Miss Rachael’s Dance in Denver.
Chris Harris has been choreographing & dancing in Denver for over three decades. Her unique blend of modern & jazz dance techniques coupled with her passion for architecture, math & science has led her to create work which appeals to audiences from across the spectrum. Always fascinated by creating structure & art, Chris holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & a Bachelor of Environmental Dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently working towards an MFA-IA at Goddard College. While in school, she is on the faculty Colorado Conservatory of Dance. She was an Artist in Residence for 14 years at the Denver School of the Arts; has taught at many studios across Colorado; choreographed for local theaters; been a guest lecturer at The Arts Institute of Colorado & CSU; been adjunct faculty at and choreographed for Denver University & the University of Colorado & Ormao Dance in Colorado Springs; designed many websites; & is a co-director of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop & Assistant Artistic Director of Interweave Dancetheatre. Chris was the founder and Artistic Director/Choreographer for Louder Than Words Dancetheatre from its beginning in 1998 to 2018 & the Colorado Youth Danse Theatre in Denver from 2005 to 2018. Her current obsession is creating a system to record choreography using digital media, animation, photography and sculpture.
Helanius J. Wilkins, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, is an award winning choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance at University of Colorado Boulder. His creative research and projects are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. In his intermedia collaborations he works with artists from a wide range of disciplines, including film, video, and design. He lived in Washington, D.C. for eighteen (18) years and founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly Black men that existed for thirteen (13) years (2001 – 2014). His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, DC’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and multiple Metro DC Dance Awards. In addition to performing the works of nationally recognized choreographers including Robert Moses, Joy Kellman, Troy Powell, and Kevin Wynn, he performed with Maida Withers’ Dance Construction Company (DC), and as a guest with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). He has equally enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the United States and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011). Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (National Dance Project), National Performance Network (NPN), the Boulder Office of Arts & Culture Public Arts Program, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supported his work.
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