Guest Artist in Residency 2021-2022

WhenWhochoreography for which grade. 
January 10-14 2022Vincent E. ThomasMiddle School
January 31-February 3, and February 7, 2022Christina SlatonMiddle School
Feb 28-Mar 4 2022Marielle RichardsonMiddle School
December 6-10th 2021Atlanta Chinese Dance Company9th grade 
January 24-28 2022Steven Vaugh ( Parsons dance company)12th grade
February 7-11th 2022Emily Dail11th grade 
March 7-11th 2022CJ Anderson10th grade 

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company: Kerry Lee

A native of Atlanta, Kerry Lee received her early dance training from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company and Atlanta Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division.  While in high school, she was selected for a scholarship award at the Southeast Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) Festival.

Kerry went on to graduate from Stanford University, where she majored in Management Science and Engineering and minored in Dance.  While at Stanford, she directed and co-founded Stanford Chinese Dance and was the recipient of a Major Grant from Stanford’s Undergraduate Research Programs for her independent research on the intertwining of Asian aesthetics, culture, and philosophy with Martha Graham dance – enabling her to train intensively at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City.  In her final year she received the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, awarded to the most accomplished and promising senior in the field of dance at Stanford.

After working as a Research Associate at a top ranked economic consulting firm upon graduation, Kerry followed her heart into the professional dance world in New York City.  A former member of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, H.T. Chen & Dancers, Dance China NY, and gloATL, she performed professionally throughout the US and the British Virgin Islands as a Chinese dance and modern/contemporary dance artist before returning home to co-direct the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company since 2010.  Among other honors, Kerry was the only Chinese dancer among the finalists who received a ticket on So You Think You Can Dance Season 11.

Outside of dance, Kerry is very passionate about social justice, serving as Volunteer Co-Coordinator for the first ever meeting in the Southeast of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  She currently works at the intersection of arts and activism on staff at Alternate ROOTS, a 40+ year old arts service organization for Southern artists and cultural organizers working to dismantle all forms of oppression. (Links to an external site.) 

About the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company

Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company (ACDC) educates and entertains metro Atlanta and surrounding areas about Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance.  The company has enchanted Chinese and non-Chinese audiences alike through original full-evening Chinese dance productions as well as countless community outreach performances for schools/universities, libraries, senior centers, arts festivals, international days, corporate events, military observances, Asian community events, and more.  Most notably, ACDC helped showcase Atlanta to the world as performers in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games.  For more than ten years, they performed the “Chinese variation” in John McFall’s version of the Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Emily Dail

Emily Dail is from Charleston, South Carolina and recently earned her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She had the privilege of studying under Elisabeth Motley, Catherine Cabeen, Jens Giersdorf, Andrea Miller, Adam Barruch,Tymberly Canale, and many other incredible professors. Emily has performed works by Peter Chu, Earl Mosley, Davalois Fearon and attended several intensives such as Gallim, Bates Dance Festival, and Trisha Brown Dance. Emily furthers her training at Movement Research, Peridance, Gibney, Broadway Dance Center and with Anneke Hansen. Her interests lie in process-based works, body-centered research, and inter/intrapersonal relationships. Currently Emily has the honor of performing in Bill T. Jones’s work entitled Deep Blue Sea at the Park Avenue Armory located in NYC!

Steven Vaughn

Steven was born in the Midwest and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, earning a BFA in Modern Dance, focusing on choreography. As a senior at the University of the Arts, Steven began working with Parsons Dance as an apprentice, performing at the Joyce Theater with the company while finishing his BFA. At graduation, he was honored with the Stella Moore Prize for Four-Year Achievement and the Award for Excellence in Modern Dance. After graduating he joined Parsons Dance full time, under director David Parsons; touring and teaching with the company. He danced with Parsons both domestically and internationally, including Italy, China, Brazil, Russia, and more. This opportunity afforded him the opportunity to work with Monica Bill-Barnes, Kate Skarpetowska, and Robert Battle.

Steven has taught throughout the United States including various dance college programs, Broadway Dance Center in NYC , University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University , as well as masterclasses in Italy and Israel.

His choreography has been set on the Philadelphia based SHARP Dance Co. under director Diane Sharp- Nachsin. SHARP Dance Company commissioned several of Steve’s early choreographies and continues to tour his work nationally. Steven’s work was selected for the 2014 Emerging Choreographer Commission for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and Harvard University, among others.

Steven is featured twice in Jordan Matter’s New York Times Bestseller, Dancers Among Us and TV and film experiences include Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s dance documentary MovementOne, starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, OperaticHeatParsonsDancepresents ‘RememberMe’, AlltheRightMoves, the feature film Now You See Me and Law and Order: SVU.

Steven earned a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA (2017). He served on Faculty at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, 2014-2019. In addition to academic pursuits and studies, Steven has been serving as a Judge and Mentor at various dance competitions across the United States at Regional and National events.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven worked as a physical therapy trainer and Pilates instructor in New York City.

Now, having retuned to his childhood home on the South Coast of Massachusetts, is co-owner and director of The Studio on Pope’s Island in New Bedford, MA. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

CJ Anderson

Anderson is a dance educator and aerial artist from Charleston, SC. In 2018, she earned her B.A. in Dance Education and Communication Studies from Columbia College in SC where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. There she trained with dance professors Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton, Martha Brim, Erin Bailey, Amanda Ling, and Crystal U. Davis, Jessica Moore, and Dianne McGhee Valle. She is currently earning her M.F.A. in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where her research explores improvisational methods in aerial dance.

As a dancer and choreographer, Anderson strives to create work that spreads empathy by exploring the complexities and curiosities that makes us human. Anderson has performed through her collegiate dance programs and various companies including Yuhas & Dancers, Soda City Cirque, and Revolve Aerial Dance at events including PortFringe (Portland, ME), the Ashville Fringe Arts Festival, and the North Charleston Performing Arts Festival.

Anderson is a passionate dance educator as well and aims to share empowerment through dance and aerial arts. She has taught residencies and workshops in a number of South Carolina schools including the Charleston County School of the Arts, Gander Elementary, and A.C. Flora High School. She enjoys teaching and presenting at conferences and festivals which has included the Southern States Communication Association Conference (Greenville, SC), the American College Dance Association Southeastern Regional Festival (Atlanta, GA), Columbia Dance and Improvisation Festival and the Richland One Dance Festival.

Engaging with perspectives outside of our own creates empathy and change.

This is why I make art.

 I explore oppositional dynamic qualities and geometric patterns in space in grounded and aerial dance forms.

This play with quality and form creates a rigorous challenge that creates exceptionally visceral and beautiful movement. 

I create work in which the complexities and curiosities of what makes us human are explored through movement. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Vincent E. Thomas

Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK- Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, Bari, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He received rave reviews for his performance of “Come Change” (2012) and “iWitness” (2014) in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Vincent was the Movement Coach/ Choreographer for Everyman Theater’s Brother’s Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney in Baltimore, MD (2012) and Mosaic Theatre’s Unexplored Interior by Jay Sander in Washington, DC (2015). He is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the national touring What’s Going On project. Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year, a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist, the 2017 Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (DC), the 2019 University System of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity, and the 2020 MDEA Living Legacy Award. He is an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY), and Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).

His multi-dimensional company VTDance builds on the use of contemporary dance, improvisation, text/ movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]. These ideas coupled with witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement are the rich palette for VTDance.

Marielle Richardson

Marielle Richardson was born and raised in Riverside, California. She started dancing at 5 years old and hasn’t stopped since. Her love and passion for the artform grew, as she did, to where, upon graduating high school, she decided to make a career of her favorite hobby. Her many dance genres of study include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, and musical theater. She went to Riverside City College to begin her undergraduate training and then transferred to California State University, Long Beach where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Upon moving to South Carolina, she went in search of ways to stay connected to her craft. She began teaching at Beaufort Academy of Dance in Beaufort, SC while also training with the Charleston contemporary dance company, Dance Matters. She looks forward to gaining her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance so she can teach at the college level, helping mold and train future professional performing artists.

Christina Slaton

Christina is originally from Goose Creek, SC and is a 2010 Dance graduate of Charleston County School of the Arts. After highschool, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Since then, she spent 10 years based in Brooklyn, NY and has now made her way back down south, this time to Atlanta! With a passion for Tap, Musical Theatre and Immersive Arts, her classes focus on technique and musicality, all while exploring one’s inner connection and personal style. She has performed locally in Brad and Jenny Moranz’s “Charleston Christmas Special”, regionally in “42nd Street” and “Anything Goes” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, nationally with “Broadway’s 42nd Street National Tour”, internationallyas Dance Captain on Holland America Line Cruises, and most recently has been seen at the Tabernacle Theatre in Atlanta with Trixie Minx Productions. Christina is happy to be back teaching at SOA for the second time since graduating! LET’S DANCE