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Alumni

Note: This list is by no means complete.  Dancers are always moving and obtaining information is always a challenge.  These examples are merely highlights of the activities of some of our graduates. If you are an alumnus and do not see your name below, please email smtd.dance@umich.edu to get your highlight listed!

Alumni Testimonials

ALEXANDRA BELLER (BFA 1994)
Danced with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and created Alexandra Beller/Dances. Faculty member at Dance New Amsterdam and The Atlantic Theater School in NYC.

LIZ BERGMANN (MA and Former Chair)

Dance Director at Harvard University.  Co-authored book Connecting with Creativity: Ten Keys to Unlocking Your Creative Process.

JULIE BLUME (BFA 2004)

Dancing with Parsons Dance Company.

ANITA CHENG (MFA 1991)

Founder and choreographer of Anita Cheng Dance.

WILLIAM CROWLEY (MFA 1996)

Faculty member at Barry University and the University of Miami. Artistic Director of Next Step Dance, a company located in Miami Beach, Florida.

CHRISTINE DAKIN (BA)

Danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

LINDSAY DIETZ MARCHANT (BFA 1996)

Lindsay performs with Carolyn Dorfman, Artichoke Dance Company, and Monica Bill Barnes. She toured a duet work in Australia and has been commissioned by the Danspace Project. Link.

JASON DIETZ MARCHANT (BFA 1996)

Jason is working as a freelance performer with Neta Pulvermacher, Dean Moss, Daniel Gwirtzman and Alan Good. He toured his duet work in Australia and has been commissioned by the Danspace Project. Link.

CAROLYN DORFMAN (BFA 1977)

Created Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company in New Jersey.

AMY DRUM (BFA 1992), AIMEE McDONALD (BFA, 1996), and LYNN NEUMAN (BFA, 1991)

Founders and members of Artichoke Dance Company in NYC.

CHRISTINA SEARS-ETTER (BDA 1991)

Christina has performed independently and in companies in London, NYC and widely in the USA. She is Artistic Director for People Dancing.

DANIEL GWIRTZMAN (BFA 1992)

Danced with Mark Morris and Garth Fagan.  Created the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company in NYC.

KELLY HIRINA (BFA 2000)

Working with Opera Ballet companies throughout Europe.

AYAKO KATO (MFA 1998)

Performed throughout Japan, USA and Europe with Art Union Humanscape.

LIZZIE LEOPOLD (BFA 2006)

Founder of Chicago-based modern dance company, the Leopold Group, where she works with other University of Michigan alumni: Melissa Bloch (BDA, 2006), Alexandra Burley (BDA, 2007), Shannyn Hart (BDA, 2007) and Jordan Newmark (BFA, 2006).

MICHAEL PHILLIPS (BFA 1999)

Danced with Merce Cunningham Apprentice Company and Peter Sparling Dance Company.  Currently performing with Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre.

DANA REITZ (BA 1969)

Danced with Twyla Tharp Dancers, Laura Dean and Dance Company.  Collaborated with Jennifer Tipton on a solo for Baryshnikov which was premiered at Jacob's Pillow.  Performed in the original production of Einstein on the Beach.

MATTHEW ROSE (BFA 1995)

Danced with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Company.  Currently working as Mark Morris' Assistant.

MOLLY SCHNEIDER PEREZ (MFA 2005)

Working with the Several Dancers Core, the umbrella organization for CORE Performance Company.

LEYYA TAWIL (BDA 1997)

Created Dance Elixir in San Francisco and currently Guest Faculty at Middlebury College in Vermont.

JULIE TICE (BDA 1997)

Is currently a principal dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company.  Recipient of the 2007School of Music, Theatre & Dance Emerging Artist Award in Dance.

 

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