Marielis Garcia

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Marielis Garcia (Choreographer / Performer), a native New Yorker, has been a dance performance artist for over 10 years, and is director of MG DanceArts. She is currently a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Helen Simoneau Danse. Garcia has had the privilege to perform and tour with Steps Repertory Ensemble (NY), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others. She received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice. Her work has been presented by Appalachian State University, Salem College, Howard Community College, University of North Carolina Greensboro and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In 2014, La MaMa theater awarded Garcia with a three-week residency, supporting and presenting a new work in Spoleto, Italy, and in 2017 she was a University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Fellow. She is a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient. Marielis is co-director of STUFFED: Dinner and Dance, a free quarterly community event that serves a warm meal and dance performance.

Helen Simoneau

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Originally from Québec, Helen Simoneau has been described as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” with a style that is both “athletic and smooth” — Dance Magazine. She has received commissions from The Juilliard School, the American Dance Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the Swiss Intl. Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She was a resident choreographer at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, New York Dance Lab, and has received fellowships from The NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation, and twice from the NC Arts Council. Simoneau was awarded 1st place for choreography at the Intl. Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her work has been presented at notable venues such as The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), and PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany).

Meet this year's Submission Panel

Meet the Submission Panel for the 3rd season of the Wake Forest Dance Festival - Gerri Houlihan, Jonathan Leinbach and Tara Zaffuto Mullins.

We are beyond honored to have such an elite group of dance artists and educators review the submissions for Dance Schools and Emerging Choreographers and select the finalists who will be joining us for the 2019 event.


Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies.  She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991-1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts.  Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland and Russia.  She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and at Elon University and is Professor Emerita of Florida State University.

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Jonathan Leinbach graduated from the Juilliard School and danced in New York with Mark Taylor, Colin Connor and the Limon Dance Company for 5 years. He has taught and choreographed for Pomona College, the University of Mississippi and Tulane University. Since changing careers and moving to North Carolina, he has danced and/or performed with Killian Manning, Gerri Houlihan and at Deep Dish Theater, Duke University, UNC and Man Bites Dog Theater. 


Tara Zaffuto Mullins is the director of the NC State Dance Program, choreographs for both academic companies, teaches courses, facilitates the Master Class Series, and creates interdisciplinary projects.  Tara’s works include Dancing Chemical Reactions, based on SN1 and SN2 that was performed for the 2017 ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, and Operation Breadbasket, honoring the civil rights movement. Tara co-authored “STEM Majors, Art Thinkers – Issues of Duality, Rigor and Inclusion” with lead authors Dr. Fay Payton and Dr. Ashley White, which was published in the Journal of STEM Education Innovations and Research. She is a recipient of the 2018 NC State Outstanding Teaching Award. Tara has a BA in dance from JMU and an MFA from Arizona State University.

April 14 FREE Masterclass/Audition for ADF

When: April 14, 2019

Cost: FREE

Registration: To register please email Space is limited!

Where: 417 Brooks St.

           Wake Forest, NC 27587

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM (Masterclass for ages 13 and up)

          2:00PM-3:00PM (ADF Pre-Professional Intensive Audition for ages 13-17)

$1,000 IN TUITION to be awarded by the Dancing Angels Foundation.

Don’t miss this FREE masterclass with sought after artist and faculty member of the American Dance Festival, Jenna Riegel! Students ages 13-17 interested in auditioning for ADF 3 week Summer Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, please have a 1 minute solo prepared.

For more information about the program please visit:


Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Jenna holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Maharishi University of Management. Since moving to NYC, Jenna has performed with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Shaneeka Harrell, Tania Isaac Dance and johannes weiland. She has also toured and performed nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller/ Dances and Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas & Company. In 2011, Jenna joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Jenna has taught ongoing open classes in Contemporary Technique in New York City at Gina Gibney Dance Center, New York Live Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center and 100 Grand Dance. She has been on faculty in the Dance Departments of Barnard College and The Juilliard School. In addition, she has taught master classes at The Joffrey Ballet School, Columbia College, NYU, The New School, Ohio State University, SUNY Purchase, Bard College, Connecticut College, Hollins University, Emory College, Arizona State University, Brigham-Young University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Skidmore College, LIU, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, University of Iowa, the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Jenna’s choreographic work has been commissioned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Iowa, Barnard College and Colby College. She has also acted as repetiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and has re-staged Continuous Replay and D-Man in the Waters (Movement One). Most recently, Jenna served as Assistant Choreographer to Bill T. Jones on a new musical, Paradise Square: An American Musical and is currently a Visiting Guest Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches Modern Technique, Composition and Partnering.


Class will begin with floor work, yoga and pilates stretching and strengthening and improvisation to build warmth, ease us into motion, find agility and help us arrive more fully present in our bodies. Introductions to one another will be made with a name circle, contact improvisation exercises or interactive warm-up exercises in order to build a sense of trust and community together. Center standing work will draw upon a combination of release technique and ballet and align, balance and increase awareness of energetic efficiency and ease. Head/tail exploration and spinal articulation will be integrated into more traditional foot and leg exercises. Across the floor phrase-work will oscillate between imagery and task-based veracious improvisational scores and rigorous locomotion, athletic inversions and ambitious lofting. A culminating phrase will challenge the polarities of movement and investigate both off-balance and centered movement, bound and released, sustained and staccato, momentum driven and spatially controlled, on the floor and in the air, and sensation-based and shape-based movement. A friendly, uplifting, non-judgmental class culture will be attended to by steering clear of the binary of right and wrong and instead directing attention to cause and effect, the action and results of our choices. Personal findings will be encouraged to be shared to expedite learning within our community. Individualism will be honored and upheld even as profound body awareness and ability to replicate outside material is practiced. Enjoyment and fun will be contagious and inevitable!

REGISTER NOW at Watch your email for confirmation for the class.

Modern Dance Masterclass/Audition with Antonio Fini

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When: March 16, 2019

Where: 417 Brooks St.

            Wake Forest, NC 27587

Time: 11:15AM-12:45PM (Advanced Level students ages 14 and up)

Cost: $10 per student

Registration: to register please email

AN UNFORGETTABLE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY ABROAD! Don't miss this chance to take Modern Dance master class with an acclaimed dancer, teacher and director of FINI Dance Festival, Antonio Fini. Students will have an opportunity to audition for the 3 week 2019 Summer Dance Intensive in Calabria, Italy! 2 FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS, room and board included, to be awarded by the Dancing Angels Foundation in collaboration with FINI Dance.

For more information about the summer intensive please visit:

Antonio Fini is an Italian born modern dancer, choreographer, and director. Antonio has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Kosovo Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Boca Ballet Theatre, Mare Nostrum Elements, and Michael Mao Dance, with whom he has performed as principal dancer since 2011. In 2011, he created Alto Jonio Dance Festival in Villapiana, Calabria to provide exceptional dancers in Italy the opportunity to perform with established companies in New York. In 2013, Antonio expanded his vision by founding the Italian International Dance Award, which recognizes phenomenal Italian and international dancers for their accomplishments. In 2014 Alto Jonio was transformed into Fini Dance Festival with the mission of establishing greater connections between dancers in New York and Italy. The festivals have been listed as one of the top summer dance festivals in the United States (Dance Informa) and Europe (Ballet 2000).

Wake Forest Arts is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Maggie Bradley

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Born in Los Angeles, CA, Maggie Bradley is a wife and mother, community herbalist and dance artist living in Chapel Hill. Her training included the high school program at UNCSA, The Hungarian National Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts. While living in New York, Maggie danced with various companies, taking company class and learning repertory with Merce Cunningham.  She currently performs with Tornow’s COMPANY.

Jude Casseday

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Jude Casseday aka dejacusse is a soundscape artist and electronic musician from Durham, North Carolina. Her work ranges from sound experimentation to more structured compositions for dance, film, art events and yoga/movement classes. Her band iBoD (the idiosyncratic beats of dejacusse) creates Nested Soundscapes in acoustically interesting spaces. In October, she will begin work on her first data sonification project in conjunction with Rob Dunn Labs at NCSU and the As If Center in Penland NC. Her soundscapes have been featured at the Durham Arts Council, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and American Dance Festival classes. Her work can be downloaded at Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Dance related artwork by local artists to be sold at the WFDF!

Wake Forest Dance Festival is very excited to bring artists together for a day of dance, an that means not just performing artists. The Wake Forest Guild of Artists will have a booth set up at the event starting at 9:30AM with dance related arts works available for purchase. The original works include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, to name a few.

Now there is another reason to come out to Joyner Park on September 29th!!! Hope to see you there!

Here are just some of the works that will be for sale the day of the event:

“On Point” by Linsay Narvaez  Mixed Media - Charcoal, Acrylic paint and collage 9x12

“On Point” by Linsay Narvaez
Mixed Media - Charcoal, Acrylic paint and collage

“Hands” by Linsay Narvaez Charcoal and Acrylic Paint 9x12

“Hands” by Linsay Narvaez
Charcoal and Acrylic Paint

"Trust" by Delphine Peller Watercolor/Acrylic on paper 2018

"Trust" by Delphine Peller
Watercolor/Acrylic on paper 2018

"Almost Broken In" by Delphine Peller 3"x 5" acrylic & palette paint on canvas with mini easel

"Almost Broken In" by Delphine Peller
3"x 5" acrylic & palette paint on canvas with mini easel

"Brava!" by Delphine Peller 3"x 3" acrylic& palette paint on canvas with mini easel

"Brava!" by Delphine Peller
3"x 3" acrylic& palette paint on canvas with mini easel

By Gary Taber

By Gary Taber

By Gary Taber

By Gary Taber

Dancer pendants by Jeanne Steck

Dancer pendants by Jeanne Steck

By Linda Burrell

By Linda Burrell

By Linda Burrell

By Linda Burrell

By Linda Burrell

By Linda Burrell

Danielle Keith

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Danielle Keith, is a junior at Fayetteville State University, majoring in biology and minoring in dance.  From Albany, Georgia, she is a member of the FSU dance ensemble and one of the 
newest members of Koffee Dance Company.  Danielle started dancing at age three with the Dance Etcetera Youth Ensemble, and joined the company at age 7 and has competed with the company for over 10 years.  She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip-hop and contemporary, and has competed in DanceMakers, Inc. StarQuest, Encore and Show Stoppers circuits.  Danielle is a former dance instructor for South West Georgia Performing Arts Dance Academy, where she choreographed dances for the junior company competition teams (ages 7-13), and presently teaches at Yvette’s Dance Academy in Fayetteville NC.

Deprecia Simpson

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Deprecia Simpson is the daughter of Cortez and Marva Simpson and the granddaughter of Rev. Dr. Joe and Wanda Simpson. She was born is Durham, North Carolina May 6, 1998, but calls Fayetteville her home. Deprecia has been dancing since the age of three and continues to excel with her God given talent. She also holds a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and graduated from Terry Sanford High School with a 3.84 GPA. She has danced with numerous choreographers: Debbie Allen of Fame, Desmond Richardson of Alvin Ailey, Dave Scott from Stomp the Yard, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels and others. Deprecia recently graduated the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York, completing her degree in record time. She’s presently working at her alma mater school of dance for over 15 years. She has danced such principal roles as Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, Jewel, and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Fairy of Energy from Sleeping Beauty, and many more with the NC State Ballet Company. Later this year Deprecia will be working with The Moscow Ballet as they bring their version of the Nutcracker to Fayetteville, NC.

A Dance Conversation: José Limón (renowned dancer and choreographer)


You are invited to attend an evening honoring the life of dancer and choreographer José Limón (1908-1972).

When:  September 23, 2018


Where: Renaissance Centre, Annex Room

             405 S. Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC, 27587


SPACE IS LIMITED! Please reserve your spot by emailing

The Wake Forest Dance Festival will be presenting Limón’s Chaconne as part of this year’s main stage performance on September 29th at Joyner Park and will be hosting a master class with Logan Kruger, José Limón Dance Company member and rehearsal director, for the community at Destiny Dance Institute on September 27th at 5:45pm.

On Sunday, September 23rd from 4-5pm at The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, the Wake Forest Dance Festival will kick-off this incredible residency with an exclusive presentation of photographs and film provided by the José Limón Foundation, Jacob's Pillow and the American Dance Festival, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of José Limón and his crucial role in development of modern dance. In addition, Jonathan Leinbach, a José Limón Foundation Board Member and previous company dancer, as well as Gerri Houlihan, a legendary teacher whom studied with Limón at The Juilliard School, will share their first hand experiences and also discuss how the “Limon Technique” has been passed on through generations and continues to influence contemporary dance as we know it today.  


Press release for the Second Season of the Wake Forest Dance Festival

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For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, Wake Forest Dance Festival director

Angela Jamison, Communicopia

Wake Forest Dance Festival Returns to Joyner Park on Sept. 29
Day-long event features international, national, regional and local dance performers

(Wake Forest, N.C., August 24, 2018) – For a second year, families, dance enthusiasts and the public will celebrate dance and music during the free Wake Forest Dance Festival (WFDF) on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., in Wake Forest.

In a format similar to last year’s inaugural event, the 2018 festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. brings a day of dance to the Triangle in an outdoor, wooded setting. WFDF showcases a diversity of dance genres, including classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world dance, by international, national and regional professional dancers as well as local rising advanced dance performers.

WFDF will begin with an educational technical rehearsal in the morning and conclude with a staged performance lasting through the early evening. During the day, mini dance performances showcasing various dance styles will take place in select areas of Joyner Park culminating with a staged performance.

Presented by ARTS Wake Forest and the Wege Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Cultural Resources, WFDF is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

A tribute will take place to honor the Durham-based American Dance Festival (ADF), an institution and festival that has been an integral part of the dance community since 1934. The WFDF will highlight ADF’s incredible lineage of dance history showcasing a diversity of genres, performers, choreographers and music.

The festival’s director Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City, says it’s a privilege to honor ADF.

“One of the goals of the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring attention to the art of dance in our community. It is an honor to bring artists of such high caliber to the second season of this free, public event,” said Maddux. “We hope people throughout the Triangle and beyond will take advantage of an inspiring day of dance.”

Some standout dance performances during the September 29 day-long event will include:

  • Logan Frances Kruger of the José Limón Dance Company performing Chaconne (1942), a solo choreographed by one of the most celebrated performers and choreographers of modern dance José Limón. The solo will be performed to the music of Bach. A Sept. 23 Limon Technique discussion as well as a Sept. 27 master class are also planned.

  • The DASH Ensemble, a New York-based dance company performing in honor of ADF, will present a male duet by its founder and choreographer Gregory Dolbashian.

  • Antonio Fini, who is the director of Fini Dance New York and Alto Jonio Dance Festival in Calabria, Italy will perform a solo inspired by Italian dance Tarantella.

  • Local North Carolina and guest artist professional dancers will perform Danzón, a work by renowned choreographer and dancer Pedro Ruiz.

The 2017 WFDF paid tribute to long-time Wake Forest dance instructor Elizabeth “Betty” Hunt Holding and her dance legacy as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette and ballet understudy for famed Russian choreographer George Balachine. This year, Holding’s family, some who still reside in Wake Forest, started The Betty Holding Dancers Fund, which will award scholarships to some of the area’s most advanced dancing students.

Several $500 scholarships will be available to students who participate in the 2018 WFDF and are currently enrolled in a dance program at a school, college or university. Interested applicants can find more information at

The program schedule for the day will be:

  • 9:30 a.m. – noon: Technical Rehearsal – Attendees who want a behind the scenes look can attend the Technical Rehearsal, which is a run-through of the Festival Performance that will take place later in the day. Some of the performers and the stage manager will be available to answer questions.

  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Tour in Motion – A guided walking tour beginning at the top of every hour that gives attendees the opportunity to experience different dance genres in intimate outdoor settings at four locations throughout Joyner Park. This year’s Tour in Motion will feature emerging choreographers and showcase Classical Indian Dance.

  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Festival Performance – The culminating Festival Performance will feature professional dancers and rising advanced dancers from local institutions, such as Destiny Dance Institute, Wake Forest Civic Ballet and North Carolina State University Dance Company.

See the full list of choreographers and performers on the event website at

Visionary sponsors of the event are ARTS Wake Forest, Wege Foundation, The Newman Family Foundation, Town of Wake Forest, Destiny Dance Institute and Hampton Inn by Hilton Wake Forest. Dreamer level sponsors include The Dance Attic, Dancing Angels Foundation, Hoffmaster CPA, PLLC, Holly Eishenhour, Klok’s School of Martial Arts and PhysioFit of NC. Scholarship sponsors are The Betty Holding Dancers Fund, Alto Jonio Dance, Dancing Angels Foundation and Fini Dance New York. The festival’s in-kind sponsors are Arrow Tree Boutique, Communicopia, PTM Photo & Video, George Randy Bass Photography and Strategic Insights Brand Marketing.

Festival attendees should adhere to E. Carroll Joyner Park rules when attending the event, which include keeping pets on a leash and no alcohol or personal grills, however picnics are encouraged. The full list of park rules and reminders can be found on the Town of Wake Forest’s website (

Visit the event’s website and Facebook page for more information on the event, the indoor backup venue in case of inclement weather, and for sponsor and volunteer opportunities.

Gregory Dalbashian


GREGORY DOLBASHIAN - Born and raised in New York City Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company and in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory. Awards include The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard, winner of The Pretty Creatives Competition for Northwest Dance Project and The Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition, second place in Ballet Austin's New American Talent competition, and the audience prize at DanceNOW at joe’s pub in 2014 and again in 2017. Company commissions include Atlanta Ballet, TU Dance in Minnesota, Zenon Dance Company, Ballet Austin, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Hubbard Street 2, City Dance Ensemble in D.C, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas, and Northwest Dance Project in Portland Oregon, and most recently for St. Louis Ballet as part of the Dance St. Louis Festival. Dolbashian has also received commissions from American Dance Festival as a featured choreographer in The Footprints Program and also has created multiple works for principals and soloists at American Ballet Theater including Jeffrey Cirio, Daniil Simkin, and Hee Seo, all premiering at The JOYCE and The Great Mountains Music Fest in Seoul, Korea. College commissions include SUNY Purchase, University of Minnesota, University of Hawaii, DeSales University, The Hartt School, Point Park, Fordham/ Ailey, Long Island University, NYU Tisch, James Madison University, and the Juilliard School. He debuted his own company The DASH Ensemble, in December 2010 at JOYCE SoHo. (See Company Bio for more background)

Dolbashian also teaches workshops and intensives all over the country at universities, companies, and competitive studios. As a soloist and performer, Gregory has performed in multiple DASH repertory shows. His solo work was also presented at American Dance Festival in his one man show Awkward Magic. In addition to his choreography, Gregory, alongside fellow choreographer Loni Landon, is the co-founder of The Playground, a choreographic initiative that was voted 25 to Watch in 2013 by Dance Magazine.

Isaies Santamaria Perez


Isaies Santamaria Perez Born in France, Isaies studied dance in Paris at Latin and tropical dance School and at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz. During his free time, he took classes with his mentor Dominique Lesdema and he also studied break dance and develop his own moves in different session. Isaies worked with Latin jazz company as Isis Figaro Team and french choreographers such as Alexandra Lemoine et Tatiana Seguin. Also, he has been part of "You Can Dance", the French television version of “So You think you can dance”. Recently, Isaies moved to New York to broaden his horizon and vision to study at Peridance Capezio Center. He is now working with Dash Ensemble ( Gregory Dolbashian), Manuel Vignoulle, Sonya Tayeh, and Zvi Dance.

Antonio Brown


Antonio Brown is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts. In 2007, he received his BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While there, he had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, Susan Marshall, Larry Keigwin, among others. Mr. Brown  has also worked with Nilas Martins Dance Company, Stephen Pier and Sidra Bell Dance New York. Antonio is currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Camille A. Brown & Dancers and is grateful to share his gifts and talents with the world.

José Limón

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JOSÉ LIMÓN (Founder/Choreographer, 1908-1972) electrified the world with his dynamic masculine dancing and dramatic choreography. One of the 20th century’s most important and influential dance makers, he spent his career pioneering a new art form and fighting for its recognition. Born in Culiacán, Mexico in 1908, he moved to California in 1915, and in 1928 came to New York where he saw his first dance program. Limón enrolled in Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman’s dance school and performed in several of their works from 1930 to 1940. In 1946, with Doris Humphrey as Artistic Director, Limón formed his own company. His company was a major force of 20th century (and now 21st century) dance.,distinguishing itself as the first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department and the first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, as well as performing twice at The White House. Thematically, José Limón possessed a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality, earning him a special place in American culture. With their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, and rhythmic and musical life, his works continue to influence the evolution of the art form more than 50 years after his passing. The José Limón Dance Foundation, encompassing the Company and the educational and licensing Institute, was awarded a 2008 National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. Limón created a total of seventy-four works, including The Moor’s Pavane, Concerto Grosso, andMissa Brevis.

ABOUT LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY The Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of dance since its inception in 1946, distinguishing itself as the first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department and the first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, as well as performing twice at The White House. Thematically, founder José Limón possessed a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality, earning him a special place in American culture. With their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, rhythmic, and musical life, his works continue to influence the evolution of the art form more than 40 years after his passing. The company has developed a repertory of unparalleled breadth to complement the classics by its founders Humphrey and Limón. This oeuvre represents 44 choreographers and 45 new commissions by such luminaries as Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Susanne Linke, Meredith Monk, Jiří Kylián, and now Kate Weare. The José Limón Dance Foundation, encompassing the company and the educational and licensing institute, was awarded a 2008 National Medal of the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.

José Limón Technique Masterclass with Logan Kruger

Photo by Christopher Jones

Photo by Christopher Jones

WHEN: September 27th, 2018

WHERE: 417 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

TIME: 5:45-7:15pm

COST: $20 cash per student (collected at the door)

REGISTRATION: to register please email

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to study with the company member and Rehearsal Director of the world renowned José Limón Dance Company! Presented by Wake Forest Dance Festival and hosted by Destiny Dance Institute, the masterclass will focus on the movement and technique developed by José Limón, a celebrated dancer, choreographer and a crucial figure in development of modern dance. 

LOGAN FRANCES KRUGER became the Company’s Rehearsal Director in 2017. She has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2009, performing featured roles in works by José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Rodrigo Pederneiras, and Kate Weare. Kruger hails from Atlanta, GA, trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malavé, and received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. She has performed in theaters across five continents, working with choreographers such as Adam H. Weinert, Jonah Bokaer, with the company Shen Wei Dance Arts, and with Damian Woetzel’s DEMO. As a teacher, Kruger has worked with students of all ages and levels in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, and is currently on faculty at the Limón Institute. Kruger also acts as a reconstructor of Limón’s dances and has staged works for the Limón Institute’s Professional Studies Program, DanceWave, and the Vail International Dance Festival.

Jam Niel Delgado


Jam Niel Delgado Castro was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He  started dancing at the age of sixteen. In 2010, he started his studies at the School of the Arts, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, and right away Mr. Delgado was offered a position in the company, as well as an invitation to attend competitions with HB (formerly known as Heavenly Bodies). In 2012, he had the opportunity to perform in the famous show “La Vecindad del Chavo”. After graduating from high school, Mr. Delgado joined the dance company at the Metropolitan University (UMET) in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, while studying a degree in Public Relations. After moving to West Virginia, he started taking ballet lessons and found himself teaching jazz classes at the same time. In 2014, Mr. Delgado moved to North Carolina and joined Koffee Dance Company as a dancer and performed in “Insomnia” at the Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. Additionally he has performed with the Winston Salem Festival Ballet and Taylor Dance. Mr. Delgado is currently a contemporary and jazz teacher with Infinity Ballet and Conservatory in Apex, NC. This is his first appearance as a guest artist for the Wake Forest Dance Festival.  

Logan Frances Kruger

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Logan Frances Kruger became the Company's Rehearsal Director in 2017. She has been a member of the Limón Dance Company since 2009, performing feature roles in the works by José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Rodrigo Pederneiras, and Kate Weare. Kruger hails from Atlanta, GA, trained with Annette Lewis and Pamala Jones-Malave, and received B.F.A. from The Julliard School. She has performed in theaters across five continents, working with choreographers such as Adam H. Weinert, Jonah Bokaer, with the company Shen Wei Dance Artists, and with Damian Woetzel's DEMO. As a teacher, Kriger has worked with students of all ages and levels in North and South America, Europe, and Africa, and is currently on faculty at the Limón Institute. Kruger also acts as a reconstructor of Limón dances and has stages works for the Limón Institute's Professional Studies Program, DanceWave, and the Vail International Dance Festival. 

(photo by Christopher Jones)

Isabelle Frame


Isabelle Frame originally began her dance studies at Beckley Dance Theatre in West Virginia. She continued her training in Durham, North Carolina with the Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts under the direction of the Boleyn Willis-Zeger where she started in countless storybook ballets.   Isabelle was also excepted to attend summer training programs at the procedures American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arizona. She has performed as the corps de ballet with Charlotte Ballet Company and received leading roles with the Charlotte Ballet Academy. Her favorite ballet roles include Polly and Pineapple Poll, Wendy in Peter Pan, and the title role in Cinderella and a Little Mermaid. She also has studied and performed a variety of contemporary repertory rooted in the research Shaga and the Gaga Movement Language as well as William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies Unser the direction of ShaLeigh Comerford, Artistic Director of ShaLeigh Dance Works, where she is currently a company member.