Yi An Portrait Yi An is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai ‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation project, “21st Century Global Performance Studies: International Artistic Exchange, Dancing Process, and Chinese Dance Pedagogy at the Beijing Dance Academy,” addresses the entrenched cultural values and classroom teaching in Chinese conservatory dance training.

Allison Beaty Allison Beaty is a dance artist, choreographer, educator, and researcher currently based in Austin, TX. She holds an MFA in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she presented her MFA thesis work, …(con)fabulate. She also holds a BA in Dance from Texas Tech University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors through her thesis work, Case Studies of Female Leaders in the Dance Field.

Amelia Renee Byrd Amelia Renee Byrd (Memphis, TN) earned an MFA in Dance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014; she is Dance Educator and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance and a Bachelor of Professional Studies with a K-12 Dance Education licensure from the University of Memphis (2005 and 2007).

Isabelle Collazo is a Chicago-based dance artist and educator with a passion for dance and youth development. She holds an MFA in Choreography and K-12 Dance Licensure from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2019), where she presented her MFA thesis “Finding Carmen: Dancing the In-Between.”

Emily Crofford is an artist and educator interested in exploring the intimate connections dance offers both performers and viewers. She was selected as one of Dance Project’s Artist in Residence for Fall 2018, and her choreography has been featured at Cleveland Dance Showcases, American College Dance Association conferences, and Tobacco Roads Dance Productions’ In Concert ’19.

Sarah Dove is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Comparative Studies, and a Graduate Administrative Associate for the Center for the Study of Religion at the Ohio State University.

Ali Duffy is a President’s Excellence in Teaching Associate Professor of Dance and Honors and the Graduate Dance Director at Texas Tech University.

Christine Fisher Christine Kiernan Fisher has been teaching dance for more than 20 years in public schools, colleges and universities. She has worked in Durham Public Schools, where she directed the Honors Dance Company at Durham School of the Arts, was lead dance teacher for the district, and selected as a Governor’s Teacher Network recipient. She earned a BFA in dance from Columbia College and an MFA in dance from UNC-Greensboro.

She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD student at the UNCG School of Education. Some of her awards include the 2020 National Dance Education Teacher of the Year, and 2022 NDEO Presidential Award for JDEI service.


Melanie Greene Melanie Greene received her MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013. She is a 2017 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture. A dance artist, writer, and organizer, Melanie is no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible, swimming in the sea of the minority.

Billy James Hawkains III, was first introduced to dance at his hometown Baptist church in Detroit, MI. He began taking classes under Anthony Smith at Lewis Cass Technical High School, where ballet was his first dance genre. Now a multidisciplinary dancer, choreographer, writer, and filmmaker, Billy holds an MFA in dance from UNCG and a BFA in dance performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Chelsea Hilding (she/they) graduated with her MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Cone Award for Special Projects in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At UNCG Chelsea performed works by B.J. Sullivan, Janet Lilly, and Teresa Heiland and worked extensively with Dr. Ana Paula Höfling and Gretchen Alterowitz at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Chelsea served as the Director of Adult Programming at Greensboro Performing Arts, Resident Choreographer for the St. Augustine Ballet and Conservatory under Luis Abella, a company member of Jacksonville Dance Theatre under Rebecca Levy, Artistic Director for Braided Light Dance Project, and owner of Screen Door Dance Room, a studio she founded for adult dancers in Jacksonville, FL. She is currently in the Ph.D. Dance ’22 Cohort at Texas Woman’s University. Chelsea was recently hired as the Company Manager of the Gibney Company in New York City.

Mary-Evelyn Kirkland (née Hunt) Mary-Evelyn Kirkland (née Hunt) holds a BA in Mass Communication and a Dance Minor from Georgia College. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2018. There, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Nina Kossler (née Moshman) earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019. Nina is a choreographer, scholar, and educator.

Raina Lucas Raina Lucas (née Cephas) is a dance educator, choreographer, and creative research artist based in Washington, D.C. She received her BA in dance and psychology from Goucher College and an MFA in Dance with a concentration in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2015). .

Mandi Moore Amanda (Mandi) Moore is a choreographer, performer, educator, and collaborator. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from UNCG in 2018.

Emily Morgan Emily Morgan earned an MFA in Dance from UNC Greensboro in 2007. She is now the Director of Dance and Associate Professor at Colorado State University. She earned tenure and promotion in May 2021, and is serving as Interim Head of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (at CSU) in Fall 2022. Emily is also currently working on her doctoral dissertation in community dance practices at Texas Woman’s University.

Stephany Rayburn is an artist and educator whose work celebrates collaborative processes as well as the intersection between theater and dance. Stephany earned her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University, focusing on directing and costuming.

Allison McCarthy Portrait Allison Roux (neé McCarthy) earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2022. Her thesis research was presented at UNCG in February 2022 in a performance titled Released, which examined the experiences of formerly incarcerated women in North Carolina. Allison also holds her BFA in Acting with a minor in Dance from The State University of New York at Fredonia. Recently, Allison has performed in works choreographed by Renay Aumiller, BJ Sullivan, and Janet Lilly. Prior to beginning her MFA, she performed, choreographed, and taught professionally for Blue Gate Musicals, The National Theatre for Children, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Tweetsie Railroad, and other regional theatres along the East Coast.

She is a dance educator, certified yoga teacher, and ScreenDance producer. Her dance films have been selected for festivals around the world, including Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory (Ireland), Jacksonville Dance Film Festival (Florida), the International ScreenDance Festival (Iowa; Mexico), and Flick! Film Festival (North Carolina). Allison’s research questions how we, as artists, might be catalysts for change and social justice. Alongside her work as a choreographer and filmmaker, her pedagogical research was also presented at the 2019 NDEO conference. Allison is currently a Visiting Instructor of Musical Theatre Dance at Converse University and a choreographer for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.


Headshot of Caitlyn Schrader Director of Community Engagement Caitlyn Schrader holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from UNC Greensboro (2022) and is currently the Director of Greensboro Project Space and Community Engagement for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG. As a dance artist, educator, and curator, Caitlyn’s interests lie in the power of transformative environments that open new possibilities for relationships, and often employs experiential and immersive methods of production; collaboration is at the heart of her practice.

Jess Shell Jess Shell is a somatic based choreographer, dancer, and teacher residing in Hillsborough, North Carolina. She holds a BA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Dance from UNCG.

Alyssa Stover (née Haney) holds an MA in Dance Theories and Practices from UNCG (2015), where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and co-President of the Association of Graduate Students in Dance.

Mandi Taylor received her MFA in Dance from UNCG in 2021. Her MFA thesis work, titled “We interrupt this program,” addressed interruptions in everyday life and their impact on human behavior.

Justin Tornow Justin Tornow earned an MFA in Choreography at UNC-Greensboro in 2010 and is currently a doctoral fellow in Dance at Temple University. As a movement artist, educator, and researcher, Justin’s artistic interests are collaborative and interdisciplinary experiments, conducted with a core group of partners in visual art, sound design, filmmaking, and lighting design.

Gabrielle Tull is an Assistant Professor of Dance and Coordinator for dance education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She received a MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2020.

Ava LaVonne Vinesett began a professional dance career as one of the founding members of the Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble.  Vinesett attended UNC-G as a Patricia Roberts Harris fellow receiving her MFA in Dance (John Gamble advisor) in 1998.

Yilin Wang 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.

Alexandra Joye Warren Alexandra Joye Warren is Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University and Founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT. Launched in 2014, JOYEMOVEMENT is a contemporary dance company that has performed regionally and toured nationally at colleges, universities, festivals and conferences, including Opening Night of American Dance Festival in 2017 and at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in collaboration with activist Bree Newsome.

Courtney White Courtney White (Richmond, VA) works as an adjunct faculty member at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC; she is the lead instructor and choreographer for the Carolina Preserve Dance Company and is on the faculty at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, NC.

Brian Winn is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and scholar who received his MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in graduate school at UNCG, he investigated gender and sexuality in his choreography.

Arlynn Zachary Arlynn Zachary is the Artistic Director of THE MARK dance company; Co-Chair of Dance Artists Alliance CLT; Director of Dance for Charlotte New Music, Your Neighborhood Orchestra (YNO), and BrightFire Music & Arts Festival; Stage Manager for Moving Poets Charlotte and YNO; and on dance faculty at Winthrop University and Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center. She has an MFA in choreography from UNCG, a BA in choreography from Goucher College (Magna Cum Laude), and an AA degree from CPCC. She has performed in works by Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Doris Humphrey, Jennifer Archibald, and Sean Curran, among others.

Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao Lingyuan (Maggie) Zhao is the Assistant Artistic Director and Rehearsal director at Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, a professional dance company located in Philadelphia.

Marielle Abbot Marielle Abbot BA in Dance Education from UNCG. Worked for four years as an NBA Washington Wizards dancer where she won Performer of the Year and Rookie of the year awards. Former coach of the Wiz Kids and Mystic Mayhem.

Shannon Bell Shannon Bell graduated with a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance and a BA in Arts Administration in 2019. Since graduating her choreography was presented on the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. She completed a Pilates certification program as a sponsored apprentice and is now teaching full time at a Pilates studio that specializes in working with chronic pain clients. Shannon has also completed two barre certifications and the Progressing Ballet Technique Certification.

Annalise Genee Coleman Annalise Genee Coleman is from Jacksonville North Carolina. She has been dancing since she was three years old. She danced competitively for the Dance Theater of Jacksonville and Fox Troupe Dancers. Annalise graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2016 with a dual major in Public Health Education and a BA Dance Studies. At the University of North Carolina Greensboro, she was a member of the dance team and captain. She also studied under professors Duane Cyrus, Janet Lilly and Lindsey Howie. Currently, Annalise Is a professional cheerleader and performed at the SuperBowl and ProBowl. She is a kindergarten-fourth grade dancer teacher at KIPP Change academy in Charlotte NC.

Ashlee Dance Ashlee Dance received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and received a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). She has worked with dance artists such as Sean Sullivan, Clarice Young, Justin Tornow, Duane Cyrus, B.J Sullivan, and Marsha addux. In 2017, Ashlee performed at the Joyce Theater in New York City as part of the Martha Graham Company’s University Showcase as an ensemble dancer in Graham’s iconic work Prelude to Action. After graduation from UNCG, she moved to New York City to continue her dance training while working as a free-lance choreographer. She also worked with several New York arts non-profit organizations, bringing arts programs into public schools. At Cal Arts she worked with LA-based artists such as Dimitri Chamblas, Sam Wentz, Nina Flagg and Rosanna Tavarez. She was also nominated for the 2022-2023 AICAD Teaching Fellowship. In 2021, she was retained as a guest choreographer by Still Inspired Dance Company in Chicago, IL. She has also worked as a choreography assistant for Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Reniers Dance Company. Ashlee is the Artistic Director for Edge Performing Arts in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Whitney Hickman Whitney Hickman was a dual major at UNCG graduating in 2015 with a BA in Dance Studies and BS in Kinesiology (concentration sports medicine). Upon graduating Whitney moved to NY to pursue a career as a professional Dancer and Personal Trainer. She has performed in many shows across the country including some of her favorites such as Ragtime, Footloose, and Aida. Most recently she had the honor of performing at the Met Gala and a soon to be released Comedy special on Peacock. Whitney is also a NASM certified personal trainer for a fitness company, Body Conceptions, specializing in pre/post natal training. As if she’s not busy enough, she just launched her own business. The Bandit Express came to life after a video of her doing a last minute hairstyle went viral on TikTok with over 9.3 million views! Keep up with Whitney on social media @whityouneed @banditexpressco

Emmanuel Malette Emmanuel Malette graduated with a BFA Dance Choreography and Performance in 2016.
He is a dancer and actor in Atlanta, Georgia known for Gerald's Hands, For Charlene(2021), and Get the Bag.

Haley Marcin Haley Marcin is a Chicago based artist, performer, and educator. In 2019 she graduated summa cum laude from The University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance. During her time there, Haley had the pleasure of performing works by Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Janet Lilly, B.J. Sullivan, Clarice Young, and Michael Job. Haley has worked with several companies in Chicago and New York, and received the opportunity to train intensively, choreograph, and perform internationally in Calabria, Italy on a full tuition scholarship. Upon graduating, Haley apprenticed with the Michael Mao Dance Company in New York. She moved back home to Chicago and since then has performed with Aerial Dance Chicago, Project Bound Dance, Still Inspired, and collaborated with many Chicago/New York choreographers. She is currently performing and on contract with the The Seldoms. Haley is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and holds a 200 hour Yoga and Aerial Yoga Teacher certification. When she is not performing Haley is teaching aerial, yoga, and dance throughout the Chicagoland area.

Kayley Sulc Kayley Sulc graduated with a BFA Dance Choreography and Performance in 2021. She became a NFL Tennesee Titans Cheerleader in 2021.

Shayla Taylor Shayla Taylor is currently an apprentice with Urban Bush Women. Since graduating from UNCG’s Dance BFA program in May of 2020, Shayla also choreographed and danced in a music video for recording artist Ric Robertson, choreographed two pieces for NC State’s dance program Panoramic, performed for Helen Simoneau Danse as part of the 2021 Anniversary North Carolina Dance Festival.

Shaylin Watson Shaylin Watson was born in Lanham, MD, and trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the instruction of Charles Augins and Katherine Smith. She obtained a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2019. While in North Carolina, her choreography was featured in the National Black Theater Festival (Winston Salem, NC, 2019). Shaylin is a recipient of the EVIDENCE dance workshop series Beth Young Scholarship and has also received scholarships to intensives such as American Dance Festival and UNC School of the Arts. She has performed works by choreographers such as Clarice Young, T Lang, Christopher Huggins, Marcus White, and Shen Wei. She had the opportunity to assist setting repertory for EVIDENCE on students at the New Orleans Ballet Association (2021). Shaylin became a company member of EVIDENCE in 2019.

Shaun Avery Williams Shaun Avery Williams obtained his BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Theatre Credits include: Dreamgirls (Theatre Raleigh), Memphis (Gateway), The Music Man (ATC), High Button Shoes (Encores!), Peter Pan (PCLO), Kinky Boots (PTC), and Cabaret (ATC).

Christal Brown is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance at Middlebury College. Brown obtained her BFA in Dance with a minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MFA in New Media Art and Performance from Long Island University.

Over the span of her career, Jan Van Dyke (1941-2015), was nationally recognized as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, as well as a leader in the dance communities she was part of, most notably Washington, DC and Greensboro, NC. She also taught and performed throughout the United States and in various European countries, including Italy and Portugal. After receiving an M.A.

Ann Law Ann Law is an improvisational dancer, dance educator and arts activist. She is Co-Artistic Director of Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga (CoPAC) and Founder of Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For the past 24 years, through CoPAC at Barking Legs Theater, she has provided a supportive space to encourage both emerging and established artists, to grow thoughtful audiences, and to cultivate strong community art activism.

Doug Risner Dr. Doug Risner is Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Dance at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit’s cultural district, where he is Director of Graduate Studies and Program Director of the Master of Arts in Theatre & Dance Teaching Artistry, the only program of its kind in the nation. Distinguished Professor Risner received his BFA in Performance and Choreography, MFA in Dance from UNCG’s Department of Dance, and his PhD in Curriculum and Teaching.

Tiffany Rhynard Tiffany Rhynard is an artist, dancer, and filmmaker compelled to make work that examines the consequences of human behavior in an effort to spark a conversation about current social justice issues. Her dance films have screened at festivals nationwide including ScreenDance Miamiwhere she was awarded the First Prize for Invisible Queens(2015) and the jury prize for Black Stains (2018).

Kathleen Kelley Kathleen Kelley is an Associate Professor of Dance and Technology at Montclair State University and the Artistic Director of the intermedia production company Proteo Media + Performance. Her body of creative work pushes against a modernist model of authorship and instead explores collaboration, mutual support structures, and feminist modes of community.

Sue Stinson Sue Stinson, Emeritus Professor of Dance, became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Dance at UNCG in 1979, having been recruited to develop the K-12 licensure program.  She subsequently earned her EdD in Curriculum/Cultural Studies from UNCG in 1984.

For Alumni: Staying in touch


Stay Connected

As a Dance alumnus, you’re an important part of the history and legacy of our School. Your work and experiences are integral to the fabric of the School of Dance, setting the example for the students following in your footsteps today – literally and figuratively – and helping craft a legacy of artistic and technical excellence in the field of dance.

Because you’re important to us, we want to stay connected to you, no matter where you are in your life, your career, or the world. Have important news to share with your community of current and former Dance students? We want to hear about it. We’ve dedicated a section of our online home exclusively to Dance Alumni news, and we’d love to share yours. Keep us up to date with your news here. If you would like to see your bio featured on our website (above), send a 200-word bio and recent headshot to dance@uncg.edu.

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Alumni Gifts

You know how rich, diverse and rewarding an education the School of Dance can provide. We’d love for you to consider an alumni gift to the School of Dance, to help our rising young dance talents fulfill their dreams of a life in the arts. We offer convenient, secure, tax-deductible options for one-time donations, Honorary and Memorial gifts, and ongoing scheduled pledges through our online gifting portal, or via the School of Dance office. Your donation or ongoing contribution may also be tax-deductible.


Stay Engaged

Of course, one of the best ways you can show your support is to attend School of Dance events. You’ve helped demonstrate our commitment to offering a full slate of diverse, engaging works – and most of all, you know the importance of an engaged audience. See our current schedule of upcoming events here and find out more about ticketing here. We’d love to welcome you back, to see the talented and dedicated artists continue the tradition of excellence you’ve helped the School of Dance create.

No matter where your journey has taken you since your time here, you’ll always be a valued member of the UNCG Dance family. Let’s stay connected, and we hope to see you again soon.