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2022 MFA in Dance cohort


Allison Beaty is a dancer, choreographer, educator, dance scholar, and a current MFA student in Dance with emphasis in Choreography at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). She holds a BA in Dance from Texas Tech University (TTU), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned Highest Honors designation from the Honors College..

Allison McCarthy is a current MFA student and Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds her BFA in acting with a dance minor from SUNY Fredonia..

Chelsea Hilding is an MFA student and Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a recipient of the CVPA 2020 summer research stipend, which has allowed her to deepen her research on inclusivity in ballet pedagogy..

Caitlyn Schrader is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She received a BA in Dance, Communications Through the Arts, and French from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and a MS in Education at the University of Rochester.

Yilin Wang is an MFA student and Graduate Assistant in the School of Dance who comes from Harbin, China. She holds a BFA degree in Dance Choreography from Harbin Normal University. Her research integrates Chinese dance elements into contemporary dance choreographic structures, reflecting the different inner world of dancers expressed in various ways through a Chinese aesthetic.

2023 MFA in Dance cohort


Donna Franklin is the director and instructor of the dance program at Chatham Hall, a private, all girls boarding school located in Chatham, VA. She is an MFA student and Graduate Assistant in the School of Dance and a 2020 recipient of the Graduate School’s Inclusiveness Award. Donna began her training at Aesthetics dance studio in Ellicott City, MD, where she performed with the resident company, The Howard County Ballet.

Katie (KT) Williams is an MFA student and Graduate Assistant in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. KT holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received the Donald Carducci Memorial Scholarship Award for overall excellence in dance performance.

Elijah Motley started his dance career at Old Dominion University his sophomore year while working towards a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering. There, he became a recurring student-choreographer for the University Dance Theatre for three years. In 2015, Elijah joined a Hip Hop company called Baila Fusion where he began learning Breaking, Popping, House, and Krump.

Lu Fan is an MFA student in the School of Dance who comes from Shijiazhuang City, China. She holds a BFA degree in dance with a concentration in choreography from Jiangnan University, where she received the Best BFA Thesis Award. She has choreographed many dance works, and co-created and directed the first dance drama at Jiangnan University, based on Chinese landscape painting.

Emmalee Bradley is an MFA student and a Graduate Assistant in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Winthrop University, where she received a BA in Dance with a Certification in K-12 education.

2024 MFA in Dance cohort


Marissa Finkelstein is a first year MFA student and a Graduate Assistant in the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She received her BA in Dance and Business from Muhlenberg College. While at Muhlenberg, Marissa had the chance to study abroad and dance in Florence, Italy at Florence University of the Arts.


Lisa Hines began her dance career and developed her artistry at Henderson State University in Arkansas while pursuing a degree in Sociology/Psychology. She became instructor/director for the Latin dance scene in Arkansas and merged her global experience into her choreography. Lisa is a first year MFA student and Graduate Assistant to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Dance.


Candace Perry is a dancer, choreographer, educator and anatomy enthusiast starting her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Business from George Mason University.


Davida Reid (she, her hers they) is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is a first-year MFA student in the school of dance and will be a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the school of Dance as well as in the school of Visual Arts.