2020 ADJUDICATOR/ MODERN- Carol S. Anglin Carol Smitherman Anglin was founding Artistic Director of the Louisiana Dance Foundation and resident dance company, Louisiana Dance Theatre, an Honor Company and 25- year member of Regional Dance America/SW, which performed throughout America, in Russia, Europe, and Canada. Carol produced more than 600 master classes, dance festivals, and performances in Shreveport from 1982-2016. As a Ballet and Modern teaching artist, Carol has taught globally in Russia, Europe, and Canada. She was the first American to teach Modern Dance at the School of Marina Semyonova in Moscow (1990). For 34 years, Carol taught 40+ classes per week to students from all socio- economic backgrounds in studios, public schools, colleges, and universities. Many of Carol’s students have pursued professional dance careers including Ashley Murphy (Dance Theatre of Harlem & The Washington Ballet). A SRAC Artist Fellow, Carol’s choreography has been selected for RDA Gala Performances, Tanzsommer Innsbruck Galas in Austria, performances in Russia, and several Jazz Dance World Congresses in Chicago and Washington, D.C. where she received choreography awards at Northwestern University, DePaul University, The Harris Theatre; and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. For 34 years, Carol choreographed for Shreveport’s Symphony and Opera. Oscar and Emmy Award recipient, William Joyce, selected Carol to choreograph the World Premiere of theLeaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Carol received the 2004 Stream Award for outstanding artistic direction; artistic growth and excellence; and commitment to the RDA movement. In 2006, Carol was Adjudicator and instructor for Western Canada’s largest dance festival. Carol is currently a Graduate Teaching Foundation Fellow completing her MFA in Dance as at the University of Oklahoma.
BALLET- McCree O'Kelley
McCree O'Kelley is an Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Dance at Kennesaw State University. He began his ballet training with Ann Brodie and the Carolina Ballet in Columbia, SC. At 16 he moved to New York City, accepting a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet. He furthered his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden and Warren Conover. His versatile career as a professional dancer included performing with the Atlanta Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and the Broadway National Tour of Cats as Mr. Mistoffelees. His vast repertoire includes Balanchine’s Serenade (Waltz Man), Allegro Brillante, Rubies, Who Cares, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Lila York’s Celts (Green Man) and Gloria, Kevin O’Day’s Viola Alone…(with one exception), Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk (Men’s Duet), Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, Alan Hineline’s Twist and Thresholds, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels (Red Man), Val Caniparoli’s Open Veins, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame. As a choreographer he has created works for the KSU Dance Company, Pacific Symphony, Alliance Theater, Trainees of Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Southeast, Atlanta Dance Theatre, Dance Converse, Theater Converse, Center Stage and Workshop Theater of South Carolina. In 2016 he was selected as one of four finalists for Ballet Arkansas’s choreographic competition, Visions. In 2016 and 2018 his works were selected to be performed in the New Voices Concert at the Alabama Dance Festival. In 2019 his work Pariah was selected for Off the EDGE and was performed by the KSU Dance Company at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Previously McCree was an assistant professor of dance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where he was the artistic director of Dance Converse. He has served on the faculty of the American Academy of Ballet, the University of South Carolina Conservatory of Dance, the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Spartanburg and the University of California, Irvine. He holds a BA in Dance from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Dance from the University of CA, Irvine.
CONTEMPORARY- Gabrielle Gambino
Gabrielle Gambino is currently a professional freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up and trained in New Orleans under Marjorie Hardwick and Gregory Schramel at the Schramel Conservatory of Dance/New Orleans Ballet Theatre. From there, Gabrielle began training with the Atlanta Ballet under the direction of John McFall. She performed in several works such as The Big Boi Collaboration choreographed by Lauri Stallings, Serenade set by Robert Barnett, and John McFall’s The Nutcracker. While dancing at Atlanta Ballet she choreographed on the second company and school. She went on to work as a company member with Dance Theatre of Tennessee where she performed several soloist and principal roles such as the title role in Tom Pazik's Cinderella, Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Micaela in Carmen as well as in original works from Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ma Cong, and Ron de Jesus of Hubbard Street. Additionally, Gabrielle choreographed several works for both DTT's professional company and students. Some of her most recent work includes dancing Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Also original contemporary works by Mallory Baxley, Sarah Wildman, Jillian Mitchell, Rachel Truitt and Peter and Ashley Swan. In 2015, Gabrielle founded Roots Dance Project where she directed, choreographed, and danced in both productions Facets of Love and 7 Deadly Sins. She created two original works for Chattanooga Ballet's professional company as well as an original work for Dance Canvas 2019, which was also presented in Zoetic's Mixtape 2019.
HIP HOP- Lance Washington
Lance Washington spent the past ten years as a principal dancer with the Patti Rutland Jazz company in Dothan, Alabama. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He received his professional hip-hop training from Maurice Fulkon in Chicago, Joshua Allen in Texas and Vincent Johnson from Atlanta. His professional credits include industrial television work in Chicago. National awards in choreography include, the Platinum Power Award from Platinum National Dance Competition, which also earned his crew the opportunity to be featured on the front cover for the Platinum Dance Convention brochure. In 2012, Lance made it through to Vegas for the hit television series So You Think You Can Dance. Lance also taught within the Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach program. This is the largest outreach program in the state of Alabama. It includes teaching over 6000 elementary and middle school children weekly. He taught at The Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centre, The Dothan School of Dance, Enterprise School of Dance, Panama City Dance Academy and A Time to Dance studio. Lance Washington has also taught for the 2015 and 2016 Jazz on Tap convention in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Marcus Alford and Annie Day, and the 2019 Alabama Dance Festival. Lance has also taught and danced along side of Rustin Matthew, Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb, Rob Hoffman, Balta Monkiki, Nick Wilson, Nicole Kirkland,and Jimmy Locust. He also works as a hip-hop choreographer for many other groups throughout the Southeast and has won numerous regional choreography awards. Lance is very excited about how his career is taking him to so many places where he is meeting more and more talented dancers, choreographers and friends. “Always Stay teachable!” Instagram: lancewashingtondance Facebook: Lance Washington YouTube: Lancewashingtondance Website: Lancewashingtondance.com
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