Residencies-Middle School

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 

Note: All MS dancers take class from each MS guest artist

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