Our guest artist program is funded by an annual initiative by the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Guest artists come from all across the nation to teach master classes, set work and perform for Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff as well as for audiences within the community.
Past guests have included:
- Koresh Dance Company
- Vanessa Muncrief, PT, DPT
- Eisenhower Dance
- Arcos Dance
- Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Sally Donaubauer
- Yelena Laningham
- Emma Redding (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
- Aline Haas and Adriano Bittar
- Kathy Dunn Hamrick
- Jennifer Deckert
- 3rd Rail Dance Theatre
- Katherine Duke (Erick Hawkins Foundation)
- Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
- Gary Galbraith (former Martha Graham Principal Dancer)
- Ballet Hispanico
- Hubbard Street Chicago
- ClancyWorks Dance Company
- Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company
- Jane Weiner (Hopestone Dance/Houston)
- Core Performance Dance Company
- Millicent Johnnie
- Terry Duncan
Students with Denise Vale from the Martha Graham Dance Company. Photo by: MSC OPAS
2019 – 2020 Guest Artist Residencies
January 18-10, 2020
Kathy Quigley! is a graduate from Texas A&M University where she was awarded M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, BS Kinesiology: Dance Science, and BA Mathematics degrees. Ms. Quigley teaches Algebra 1 at Mesquite High School, her alma mater. Outside of the classroom, she assists with the MHS Dance Company, Skeeter Frequency Hip-Hop Crew, and Dynamic Storm Step Team. Currently, Ms. Quigley is a member of 8&1 Dance Company, a Dallas based jazz-contemporary company directed by Jill S. Rucci. She has also trained at Gibney Dance in New York City. Ms. Quigley has danced with Schooling Talent, The Hive, Millennium Dance Dallas Crew, Brazos Dance Collective, Texas A&M University Dance Program, Fade to Black Dance Ensemble, Mesquite High School Dance Company, and Fantasia Dance Company. She has performed works from Jill S. Rucci, Kyra McCarty, Ashley “LA” Ragsdale, Zebretta “Miz. Z” Johnson, Kenneth “KB” Busby, Christine Bergeron, Carisa Armstrong, Evelyn Joy Hoelscher, Jane Weiner, Angelie Melzer, and Andy Vaca, among others. Her own choreographic work has been presented in many concerts, most notably: Playtime at the ACDFA Informal Concert Series in 2013, the collaborative work Counsel at TAPHERD in 2012, River Harmonies at ADCFA in 2014, and 2:42am at the ACDA Gala in 2015. Ms. Quigley enjoys solving math problems, petting doggos, playing Dungeons and Dragons, chips and salsa, and karaoke.
Kathy Quigley! will be here setting 2:42am on our current students. During her residency, she will be setting the work on two casts of dancers over the course of three days. The work will be performed in the 2020 Perpetual Motion Annual Concert.
October 7-9, 2019
Courtney Harris has served VCU Dance and the School of the Arts since 2011. Her professional career began at the Houston Ballet, where she danced under the directorship of Ben Stevenson from 1993-1999. During her tenure in Houston, she had the opportunity to perform a diverse spectrum of roles in many classical and contemporary ballets and work with several renowned choreographers, including Jiří Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welch. Some of herfavorite roles include Odette/Odile from Stevenson’s Swan Lake and Manon from Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Manon. Harris additionally performed as a guest artist with Carlos Acosta and the Stars of the Houston Ballet, as well as Seattle-based modern dance choreographers Wade Madsen and Deborah Wolf. Additionally, Harris is a 1993 Presidential Scholar of the Arts awardee and was presented with a honorary medal by President Clinton.
Harris earned her MFA from The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance, while also receiving a minor in pedagogy through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. She has been recognized for her teaching through OSU’s prestigious Graduate Associate Teaching Award, which is presented annually to ten Graduate Associates campus-wide. Prior to her graduate studies, Harris served as Adjunct Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and as Visiting Faculty at the University of Washington. In recent years, she has joined the teaching faculty at The American Dance Festival in Durham. A certified Pilates instructor, Harris has enjoyed working with a wide range of clientele over the years, from trained athletes and dancers to those with physical disabilities.
Teaching areas include: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pilates, Pedagogy, and Dance History.