Master classes by choreographer Michel Pearson and teacher at the University of Iowa Damany Phillips

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!