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Modern Guest Artist: Rodger Belman

Release date: February 17, 2012

February 17-26, 2012

The dance department welcomes Rodger Belman to teach modern master classes and set a work on Goucher dancers for the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert.

Rodger Belman, educator, choreographer, performer. Since 2007 he has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival (ADF) Six Weeks School in Durham, NC, and at the ADF Winter Intensive in New York City. He has been a guest artist/faculty member at numerous institutions including the ADF Henan, Xinxiang, China; Sejong University, Seoul, Korea; Korean Dance Festival in Seoul, Korea; the North Carolina Governor's School for the Arts; the University of Michigan; the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; the University of North Carolina - Greensboro; George Mason University; the Milwaukee Ballet; the Dance Theater of Harlem, NYC; University of Georgia; East Carolina University; Long Island University; the University of Mary Washington and Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. He also spent six years as a dance educator for the New York City Board of Education.

He began his dance training and professional performing career in the Washington D.C. area and performed and toured with several D.C. companies including the Claudia Murphey Dance Company, Daniel West Dancers and Sharon Wyrrick/Full Circle. In 1989, he moved to New York City to join Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians. He toured nationally and internationally, performing and teaching with the company until 1995. He also had the pleasure of dancing in the companies of Twyla Tharp, Rachel Lampert, Mark Taylor, Joy Kellman, and Kristin Jackson, among others.

His choreography has been presented at various venues across the U.S. in New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Washington D.C., and across the state of North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, and on the Acts to Follow program at the American Dance Festival. In 2009, the American Dance Festival presented his "Life. Love. Pursuit." - a site-specific work for 28 dancers, created and performed in the Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens. He has created works for several university dance companies, and recently staged a version of his "Fate" (2006) on the Philadelphia based duet company Da-Da-Dance Project.

In 2004 he began reconstructing Laura Dean's masterworks and has re-staged Dean's Sky Light (1982) for several universities throughout the U.S. In 2007, he re-staged Sky Light for the American Dance Festival's 2007 Past/Forward program, and returned in 2008 and 2009 to restage her signature work Tympani (1980) and Infinity (1990) for the 2008 and 2009 Past Forward Programs.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from George Mason University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.