The Choreographic Fellowship program is an adjudicated competition for guest artists to participate in an intensive two‐week teaching and creative residency with students at the University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance.
During their residency, choreographers teach master classes, set works upon members of the University Dance Company and help foster connections between dance students and professionals in the dance community. The residency provides an opportunity for the artist to develop their work, while students experience what it is like to be involved in an intensive rehearsal process with a professional choreographer.
The Choreographic Fellowship competition occurs every two years. The next choreographic fellowship competition will open in Spring 2020 for residencies beginning Fall 2021.
The Choreographic Fellowship is supported by the Janet Hamburg and the John M. & Frances R.B. Peterson Visiting Artist Funds.
Upcoming Choreographic Fellows include Rebecca Bryant – Fall 2019, Nejla Yatkin – Spring 2020, Gabrielle Lamb – Fall 2020, and Michael Waldrop – Spring 2021.
Previous Choreographic Fellows include Talia Beck, Autumn Eckman, Carl Flink, Lane Gifford, Jennifer Hart, Lindsay Hawkins, David Justin, Regina Klenjoski, KT Nelson & ODC Dance Company, Mariana Oliveira, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Melissa Thodos & THODOS Dance Company, Dušan Týnek, and Jennifer Weber.
The department has a rich history of invited guest artists who enhance the professional preparation of students. Members of the University Dance Company have performed choreography by Mary Anthony, Karole Armitage, Wally Cardona, Patrick Corbin, Carl Corry, Rauly Duenas, Bill Evans, José Limón, KT Nelson & ODC Dance Company, Claire Porter, Michael Simms, Twyla Tharp, Melissa Thodos & THODOS Dance Company, William Whitener, and many others.