2019 Cohort Instructors

October 12-13, 2019

Gregory King

Gregory King is a culturally responsive educator who received his MFA in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau. His dance training began at the Washington Ballet and continued at American University. He has participated in the Horton Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress and has performed with The Washington Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Donald Byrd /The Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, and Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.


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October 19-20, 2019

Stafford Berry

Stafford C. Berry Jr., (Baba Stafford) is director of the African American Dance Company and a professor of practice in the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University Bloomington. Mr. Berry is an accomplished artist, educator, activist, and scholar of African-rooted dance and theater, and aesthetics. Prior to his appointment at IU, Mr. Berry was an assistant professor of dance and black studies at Denison University. He toured 12 years with Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble for which he was associate artistic director ...


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October 26-27, 2019

Darnell Weaver

Darnell Weaver is passionate about the arts and youth development. He is widely known in Cleveland, OH for his teaching methods in Dance, Music, and Theater. For many years Darnell has taught and performed around the country. He has given lectures at Baldwin Wallace and Case Western Reserve University on youth development and been on panels for Ted Talk.

At 5 he started taking classes in the above-mentioned disciplines at a place that encourages youth voice, Rainey Institute, and never left. After many years Darnell became the Dance Program Coordinator. 


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November 2-3, 2019

Jade Charon

Jade Charon is a preeminent choreographer, dance performance artist, dance filmmaker, and international dance educator, hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin based in Los Angeles, California. Charon received a MFA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Dance and Theater from Columbia College Chicago. In 2018, Charon was awarded the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship from BAM(Brooklyn Academy of Music),where she traveled to Burkina Faso and Senegal to research and learn traditional and contemporary West African dance.  Her movement includes...


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November 9-10, 2019

Michael Medcalf

With over thirty years of experience in the field of dance, Michael Medcalf continues to engage with inspiring educational and artistic opportunities that will expand his range as an educator, choreographer, performing artist, and arts administrator.

Mr. Medcalf received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 2013.  Currently, Mr. Medcalf serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance and the Director of Alabama State University’s BFA/Dance Program, a program within the Department of Theatre Arts. In 2016, Mr. Medcalf received Alabama State Council on the Arts’ Fellowship in Dance and ...


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November 16-17, 2019

Lindsay Renea

 Lindsay Renea Benton is an Ohio native who has always been addicted to movement. She attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and earned her B.F.A. in Dance. In the middle of her senior year while earning her degree she began interning with the Tony Award winning choreographer of the Lion King, Garth Fagan. Upon graduation she joined his company Garth Fagan Dance based in Rochester, New York. During her 5 years as a company member she quickly became a principal senior dancer in the company. Some of her most memorable moments include performing with the Wynton Marsalis ...


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Christy Bolingbroke 

As the Founding Executive/Artistic Director for the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron), Christy Bolingbroke is responsible for setting the curatorial vision and business model to foster research and development opportunities in dance. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for Advancement at ODC in San Francisco, overseeing curation, performance programming, marketing, and development organization-wide.  Prior to ODC, she was the Director of Marketing at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY.  


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Terence Greene

Terence Greene is the Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director of The GreeneWorks Project.  He is also the Director, Dance Mastery, of Tri-C Community College Dance Academy in Cleveland, OH.  For 17 years,  Mr. Greene was Dance Director of his alma mater: The Cleveland School of the Performing Arts.

Mr. Greene has danced and studied at Karamu House, Cleveland Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  He has performed at dance festivals in China, Korea, Russia, Poland and Germany.


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Aysha Upchurch

Aysha Upchurch is an entrepreneur, artist, educator, and consultant who creates, facilitates, and designs for radical change. She is a seed planter and soil agitator who weaves her passion into her commitment to critical arts pedagogy, youth advocacy, social justice, and transformative education.  Radical change means shaking up the old, expanding the boundaries of what's possible, and centering joy in the process.  Whether on the stage or in the classroom or boardroom, Aysha is quite literally on the move to show what it means to be D.Ø.P.E. - dismantling oppression, pushing education.


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Darius Peterson


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