Guest Instructor Bios-Summer 2018
Kathleen Vreeland – Artistic Director of Ballet Wyoming
For the last ten years, Kathy Vreeland served as artistic director and choreographer to the only professional ballet company in the State of Wyoming that she founded, Ballet Wyoming, which was originally formed as Ballet 7220 in Laramie, Wyoming. Prior to this, she was a professional dancer in Dallas, Las Vegas, Denver and Ft Collins. She owned Laramie Dance Center from 2005-2015. She has choreographed over 20 original works including, Peter and the Wolf, Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Peter Pan and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She currently is founder and Director of her new contemporary dance company in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Reformation Dance Company, and has just finished their inaugural season with much success
Lawrence Jackson – Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama
Lawrence Jackson Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama. Lawrence received a BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA in Dance from Florida State University. Professionally, he devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of venues; on the concert stage, PBS television programs, dinner theatres, and summer dance intensives. Jackson has choreographed over 75 original works for the concert stage. As an instructor, he has taught and continues to guest teach and choreograph at various universities, academies and summer workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Jennifer Deckert – Professor of Dance at University of Wyoming, BFA and MFA in Dance
Jennifer is a native of St. Louis, Missouri where she began her training with Alexandra Zaharias. She received a BFA in ballet performance from University of Utah, performing with Character Dance Ensemble, Eastern Arts Ensemble, and Utah Ballet. She continued to perform with Utah Ballet and choreograph for department productions as she received her MFA in ballet teaching, choreography, and research. Jennifer was then invited to join Roxey Ballet, under the direction of Mark Roxey. While with Roxey Ballet she had the opportunity to further develop her performing, teaching, and choreography skills while performing and showcasing her choreography in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and surrounding areas.
André Megerdichian – Assistant Professor of Dance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Andre’ is the Co-Artistic Director of the New York based Resonance Collective, has been performing professionally over two decades with such companies and choreographers as the Jose Limón Dance Company, Janis Brenner and Dancers, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Soundance Repertory Company, Reidel Dance Theatre, Daniel Charon and Sean Curran. For seven seasons he was a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy, former rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. During his time in Indiana, André was awarded the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship by the Indianapolis Arts Council for his sustained artistic contributions to the community.