2021 MFA in Dance cohort


Mandi Taylor is an MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Dance at UNCG. She is a recipient of the College of Visual and Performing Arts 2019 summer research stipend; her research on dance and ageing was featured in the Graduate School’s 2020 Research and Creativity Expo. <Read More>

Brian Winn received his bachelor’s degree in Dance Education from Winthrop University and continues to stay active in the dance community in North Carolina.  He has performed professionally with Plexus Dance and Caroline Calouche & Company, where he trained, performed, and taught aerial dance as well as contemporary dance. <Read More>

Billy James Hawkains, III (Detroit, MI) is a dancer, choreographer, writer, entrepreneur, and founder/director of The III (third) Collective. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. <Read More>

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.. <Read More>

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.. <Read More>

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.. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>

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. <Read More>