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2019-2020 Choreographers

Choreographer: Charlotte Boye-Christensen

charlotte_small.jpgCharlotte Boye-Christensen, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark received her formal training at London Contemporary Dance School and at the Laban Centre in London (she has a BA from the latter) and completed her MFA Degree at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Charlotte has been commissioned to create new work for: Milwaukee Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Danish Dance Theatre, Ballet West, Compania Danza Contemporanea Ccu in Mexico, Verb Ballets in Cleveland, Ballet de Camaguey in Cuba, Nashville Ballet II, Tisch School of the Arts' Second Avenue Dance Company in NYC (Three commissions), London Contemporary Dance School's Edge Dance Company, Baton Rouge ballet, and Utah Symphony and Opera. For the latter, she created the choreography for Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale" and "Renard". She was Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, located in Salt Lake City, Utah from 2002 - 2013 and created 26 new works on the company. In 2013 she stepped away from that position to form NOW-ID, an interdisiplinary, site-specific contemporary dance company. So far, the company has created ten productions/events/workshops and toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, most recently to the Copenhagen Opera Festival. She is currently working on two new site-specific productions with NOW-ID, one in Salt Lake City and one in downtown Richmond, Virginia. As a soloist, she has performed at the International Choreographic platform in Almada, Portugal, at the Marato de l'espectacle in Barcelona, Spain, at the Metropolitan Museum of photography in Tokyo, Japan, at Alliance Francaise in Singapore and more. She has choreographed at the Universities of Texas-Austin, Richmond, Simon Fraser in Vancouver, TCU, Princeton, Rutgers, Utah, at The National School for Contemporary Dance in Denmark, The Kuopio and Oulu Conservatories in Finland, Arnheim Academy and European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands, Lasalle-SIA, College of the Arts in Singapore, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, The Royal Danish Ballet School, University of the Americas in Mexico, and at the Bellas Artes International Choreography Competition in Mexico City. Charlotte has been invited as a choreographer to create work at "The Yard" Dance Colony in Massachusetts, The Watermill Center in the Hamptons, The International Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers in England, at PACT/Zollverein in Essen, Germany and to teach and choreograph at the International Dance Competition in Seoul. She has staged her work at the Kaleidoskop Theatre, at the New Opera house and "Den Nye Scene" in Copenhagen, at NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, at the Alliance Francaise in Singapore and she directed the stage workshop at the famed Bauhaus Institute in Germany. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and grants from the Theatre and Arts Councils in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Singapore, a grant from the Toyota Foundation and three from the Augustinus Foundation in Denmark amongst others, as well as a recipient of the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreographic Excellence. Charlotte additionally took on the position as Head of Dance at Texas Tech University in September 2017 and is currently working on developing a completely new and innovative BFA track in Dance with a concentration on Performance and Choreography.

Choreographer: Sean Aaron Carmon


Sean Aaron Carmon (Beaumont, TX) began his training under the late Bonnie Cokinos at her School of Dance. After moving to New York in 2006, he began taking supplemental classes at the Ailey School and later graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance in 2010.

He was a member of Elisa Monte Dance before originating the role of "Phaedra" in the 2010 Tony Award–winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles and performed on the 2010 Tony Awards broadcast, Good Morning America and Live! with Regis and Kelly. Mr. Carmon also performed in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera and has appeared as a guest artist with Joshua Beamish's MOVETHECOMPANY, the International Dance Association in Italy and with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa. 

Mr. Carmon danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for seven years and performed major solo roles including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s original role in Alvin Ailey’s Pas de Duke and featured roles in ballets by other notable choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Johan Inger, Ulysses Dove, Paul Taylor, Hope Boykin and Talley Beatty. In addition, he was featured on Conan — the national TBS television talk show — Lincoln Center at the Movies and profiled in the Huffington Post for his work as an AGMA union representative for the Ailey dancers.

After seven seasons with Ailey, Sean made the decision to go back to his musical theater roots — you can now see him performing all over North America as a soloist dancer with Disney's The Lion King! 

His own choreographies have been performed all across the country and internationally and have been lauded as "everything and then some..." and "powerful" and "seriously flawless" by major national print and online publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, JET Magazine, BroadwayBlack, DanceSpirit and Dance Magazine. He was awarded The Joffrey Ballet's 2017 Winning Works choreographic award and created his Suite Hearts on The Joffrey Studio Company and The Joffrey Academy's advanced trainees. Also in 2017, his work longstoryshort was commissioned by the Dance Gallery Festival NYC and was selected as the Audience Choice Award Winner out of 30 pieces created for the festival. His choreography has been presented at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA. In addition, he has created works on the AAADT for multiple Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund benefit performances. Mr. Carmon created a critically acclaimed work, Youth Novels, on METtoo and a sensuous, moving duet, begin again, for DUO, METdance's intimate performance series in Houston, TX. He teaches master classes and choreographs for studios, dance conventions, high schools, colleges and universities across America and internationally.

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Choreographer: Starrene Foster

Starrene FosterA Richmond native, Starrene Foster is a choreographer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance. Starrene has been recognized as one of Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators,The Top 40 under 40 and is the beneficiary of the 2003 VCU Star Alumni Award where she is presently in her nineteenth year as an adjunct faculty member. Starr Foster Dance is the recipient of the Theresa Pollak Award for Artistic Excellence, has been featured on PBS's Virginia Currents, and for the last 16 years, has produced the highly recognized Mid-Atlantic Choreographers Showcase which provides other dance artists opportunities to present work. She has received grants from the Virginia Council for the Arts for her teaching and community outreach, as well as many commissions to create new dance works for universities, professional dance companies and independent artists. Starrene teaches and lectures throughout the country for various festivals and dance organizations, is an advocate for enriching the world with more art and is dedicated to mentoring young artists. Her choreography has been presented nationally which include: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), The Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), SUNY Buffalo (NY), The New World School (FL), Old Dominion University (VA), Cornell Unive ity (NY), James Madison University (VA), Dance Charlotte (NC), The Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), the Demetrius Klein Dance Festival (FL), University of Maryland, The Richmond Ballet (VA), University of Richmond (VA), Scranton Cultural Arts Center (PA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), The Lorton Workhouse (DC), International Festival of Music, Big River Dance Festival (WV) and the Festival of Choreography (NC). As a dancer, Starrene trained under many dance greats including Betty Jones, Jeff Slayton, Tatiana Akinfieva, and at the Neubert Ballet Institute. She has had the pleasure of performing works by Mark Taylor, Doug Varone, Sharon Kinney, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Dendy, Pewan Chow (Hong Kong), Raul Parro (Mexico), among many others. In addition to her faculty position at VCU, Starrene is in her 15th year as faculty at the Richmond Ballet.

Photo credit: Barbara Shore

Choreographer: Anne Van Gelder

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Anne Van Gelder, Faculty, Department of Theatre and Dance, Director of Dance, and Artistic Director of University Dancers holds a B.A. from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. from the University of Utah, in Performance, Choreography, and Pedagogy. Ms. Van Gelder performed and served as ballet master in companies in Virginia and Utah. As a dancer, Ms. Van Gelder worked with a variety of educators and choreographers from all over the world including Alun Jones, Conrad Ludlow, Richard Munro, Tom Pazik, and Stanley Zompakos. At the University of Richmond, Ms. Van Gelder has worked with Stefanie Batten Bland, Kanji Segawa, Jacquline Buglisi, Bill Hastings, Billy Seigenfeld, and Francesca Harper, among others. Her choreography has been performed in collaboration with UR ensemble-in-residence, Eighth Blackbird. She has taught all levels of classical ballet technique at the University of Richmond, the University of Utah, Virginia Intermont College, and the Willam F. Christensen Center for Dance. In Utah, she served as Dance Instructor/Choreographer for gymnasts who were members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team. Ms. Van Gelder also taught jazz dance in Utah and Virginia and created choreography for Theatre Bristol, Park City Shakespeare Festival, and the Ogden Symphony. She continues to study dance regularly, including workshops in New York where she enjoys studying historic dance. Ms. Van Gelder has created various works for University Players & Dancers, including collaborations with colleagues in the Department of Music. She worked with the Saratov Academic Youth Theatre and has created choreography for the following UR Players & Dancers productions: Wings, The Tempest, Fiddler on the Roof and The Chairs and The Bald Soprano directed by Italian director and filmmaker, Paolo Landi. She has lectured on dance history at the VMFA and regularly teaches at the American College Dance Association conference. Ms. Van Gelder teaches Productions Studies, Dance History-Theory, and all levels of ballet technique. Ms. Van Gelder considers her study of dance and pedagogy ongoing. She is a member of CORPS de Ballet International, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Honorary Society.

Photo credit: Dixon Christian

Choreographer: Larry Keigwin

keigwin_small.jpgLarry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway and back. He founded KIGWIN + COMPANY I n2003 and as artistic director, he has led the company as it has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Center, The Guggenheim, and New York City Center, among many other venues. Keigwin has created dozens of dances for his company as well as for Paul taylor’s American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballot, the Marth Graham Dance Company, the Juilliard School, and the Vail International Dance Festival. His work in musical theater includes Tales of the City in San Francisco, the off-broadway production of Rent, and the Broadway musical If/Then. Larry is the co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival, the dance editor of the ArtDesk Magazine and a proud board member of the DANCEWorks Santa Barbara.

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Choreographer: Eric Rivera

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A native of Puerto Rico, Eric Rivera earned his MFA in Choreography from SUNY Purchase College. During his performing career he danced with Ballet Hispanico of New York for 13 seasons where he helped to create over 20 original works. He also performed with Minnesota Ballet as principal dancer, Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania, Danza Jazz de San Juan and in the European tour of West Side Story. He has appeared as guest artist in different companies such as Connecticut Ballet, Thomas Ortiz Dance, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Westchester Ballet and Brooklyn Ballet. Eric had the pleasure of performing choreographies of Ann Reinking, Mark Morris, José Limon, Kenneth McMillan, Margot Sapinton, Graciela Daniel, Kevin Wynn, Vicente Nebrada, Talley Beatty and George Balanchine.

His works have been presented by Dance Iquail, Ashani Dance, Owensboro Dance Company, ACDFA Gala at Little Rock, AR, NY Summer Stage and the show They Called it Rock. His television appearances include PBS¿ Setting the Stage, NBC's 20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, Hispanic Day Parade with Brenda Blackmon, Puerto Rican Day Parade with Ernie Anastos and the documentary "Pedro Ruiz Home Coming" among others.

Currently is an Assistant Professor of Dance at VCU. Eric taught at Western Kentucky University as an assistant professor where his works were funded by grants from WKU Research and Creativity Activity Program (RCAP). In his creative work as well as in his teaching, he is constantly exploring ways in which to dialogue with and share his Hispanic heritage. Mr. Rivera is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teachers Training Intensive in Primary through level seven of the ABT National Training Curriculum.