On May 23, the Academy held master classes by talented choreographer Michel Pearson for students of the Faculty of Choreography and teacher at the University of Iowa Damany Phillips for 1-3 year students of the specialty Art-Management.
Michelle Pearson, a dancer, choreographer and master teacher, is the Artistic Director of Black Box Dance Theatre, a company with expertise in making dance relevant, inspirational, and natural for all bodies and persons. A guest artist and faculty at many colleges, Michelle is an Associate Artist with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and a William C. Friday Fellow committed to improving human relations in the state of North Carolina.
Damani Philips is Associate Professor of Jazz and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa. An active performer, pedagogue and lecturer, Dr. Phillips released five albums as a bandleader, and in 2017 published What Is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education.
We express our gratitude to our guests for interesting master classes!