The UW-Eau Claire Dance Program is featuring a variety of professional dancers from all over the country in their virtual Guest Artist Series. Students will be able to join and participate in masterclasses and Question & Answer sessions with both professional dancers and directors. This is an amazing opportunity for students to work with professionals in the field, especially during this time.
The first in the series is Pam Vlach on Tuesday September 29th from 2:00 to 3:45 pm. Pam has an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. She has been teaching dance for 20 years in the United States and has taught internationally in Portugal, South Africa, and Uganda. In 2018, Pam presented on intercultural methods of dance teaching at Dance and the Child International in Adelaide, Australia. Pam has taught children and adults in New York at various schools and studios. Her choreography has been recognized for its unique conceptual themes and has been performed in Uganda, Switzerland and Germany, as well as the United States. Pam is the Founder and President of Tap Uganda, Inc., an arts education program providing opportunities to youth in Kampala, Uganda and surrounding areas, utilizing dance as a vehicle. UW-Eau Claire students will have the opportunity to participate in or observe a tap masterclass in addition to a question and answer session with Pam.
On Tuesday October 20th from 2:00 to 3:45 pm, UW-Eau Claire will welcome Megan Maltos to our campus virtually. Megan Maltos began dancing at the age of four in California. She started dancing at Danswest Dance in Tucson, AZ, then owned by her mentor Frank Trent, at the age of 9 where she continued to train until she graduated in 2001. After graduating from the University of Arizona with her BA in Business management with a focus in dance in 2005, she and her mother Jill Maltos took over Danswest Dance from Frank upon his retirement. Her choreography has been performed internationally; at regional and national dance competitions, National Tap Dance Day showcases, tap festivals and other community dance events. She has had the honor of being on the faculty of the St. Louis Tap Fest directed by Prof. Robert L. Reed, and the Big Apple Tap Festival run by Avi Miller and Ofer Ben in NYC, and the Phoenix Tap Festival run by Jenefer Miller. She has been a featured company member of Phoenix based Tap 24,7 and Anthony Locascio’s NYC based #TapLife Company. She also founded AZTapClub with Jenefer Miller which brings master tap classes and workshops to dancers in Arizona. She has also produced several successful shows and events in Tucson and is currently working on her first dance film scheduled to be premiered December 2020. Her love of teaching is visible whether she is teaching a preschool dancer or an advanced class. Students at UWEC will be able to participate in or observe a tap masterclass as well as a question and answer session with Megan.
For Zoom meeting info, check our calendar - https://calendar.uwec.edu/MasterCalendar.aspx
Another upcoming artist in the series is director Mark Wilkinson. A live discussion with Mark will take place on Tuesday November 17th from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. Described by Kevin Thomas in the Los Angeles Times as “a deep-digging and personal filmmaker,” Mark made his feature film debut with Dischord, an art-house thriller that was released theatrically by Artistic License Films. Called “a great independent film and a spectacular debut from filmmaker Wilkinson,” by Chris Gore of Filmthreat, Dischord enjoyed an extensive festival run before its release, collecting a total of 10 Grand Prize Awards. Mark’s most recent project is the documentary American Tap which has quickly become recognized as the definitive film about the history of tap dancing and is distributed throughout the world. Students will be viewing this film and participate in a discussion with the director. For Zoom meeting info, check our calendar - https://calendar.uwec.edu/MasterCalendar.aspx
Tammy Dyke-Compton will be joining our campus virtually on Tuesday March 2nd, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Tamara Dyke Compton is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at The University of Arizona School of Dance in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance from the University of Arizona in 2013. In 2003, she earned her BFA from the Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and Lawrence Rhodes. Tamara has been on faculty at many dance schools, community colleges and dance conventions across the U.S. and Canada. Tamara has also subbed for David Marquez at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and The Alvin Ailey School in NYC. During the summers Tamara is the co-director of dance with her husband Christopher Compton at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.Tamara has performed principal roles for Twyla Tharp, in her Broadway first national tour of “Movin’ Out,” from 2003-2008, and toured with the first national Broadway tour of “Fame” the musical from 1998-2000. She has appeared in various industries, music videos, commercials and benefits performing with stars such as Paula Abdul, Patti LaBelle, Mary Kate and Ashley Olson and Ted Danson and working for choreographers such as Michael Rooney, Marguerite Derricks, Jimmy Locust and Joe Lanteri. Tamara has been a company member with NOVA Ballet and Convergence Ballet in Phoenix, Arizona. Dancing with The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Tamara was proud to perform the works of choreographers such as Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Peter Chu, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Jose Limón. She was one of Aszure Barton’s first company members with Aszure Barton and Artists, at the Joyce Soho in NYC, Tamara also performed with Robert Battle’s Battleworks at City Center Studios in NYC. Her choreography has been seen at The Clark Studio Theatre in Lincoln Center, The Juilliard Theatre, Ballet Jazz De Montreal, Jazz World Congress, Tokyo Japan, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Domain Forget Performing Arts Camp, The Stevie Eller Theatre, Scottsdale Community College, Glendale Community College and many dance schools across the USA and Canada. Students will be able to participate in or observe a jazz dance masterclass and question and answer session with Tamara. For Zoom meeting info, check our calendar - https://calendar.uwec.edu/MasterCalendar.aspx
The final artist in the series will be Chip Abbott on Tuesday April 20th, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Chip Abbott is an NYC based director and choreographer. Chip made his Broadway debut in On the Town and was assistant choreographer, dance captain and swing to the Emmy Award winning Joshua Bergasse (Tony Nominee 2015 for On the Town). His choreography was most recently seen at DanceBreak NYC as one of six choreographers deemed “the next generation of Broadway choreographers.” Chip has choreographed at Transcendence Theatre Company and at ACT of CT in their world premiere of a newly adapted version of Working under the artistic advisement of Stephen Schwartz. As a director, Chip created the IAAPA Brass Ring Award winning Dance, Dance, Dance, Heartbeat and The Enchanted Journey at Hersheypark (Best Theatrical Production Worldwide.) He has directed numerous shows for Hersheypark and Azamara Club Cruises in addition to Choreographing for Step One Dance Company on Holland America Line and Transcendence Theatre Company. Chip was assistant director/ choreographer to Tony Yazbeck on the YoungArts Gala 2017 and recently assisted Josh Bergasse with Bernstein at 100 starring Misty Copeland at Wolf Trap with the National Symphony Orchestra, and at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Chip was associate choreographer of On the Town at San Francisco Symphony. He was most recently seen as a performer in the New Line Cinema movie Isn’t it Romantic starring Rebel Wilson, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. 1st national tours: R+H’s Cinderella, Andy Blankenbuehler’s Joseph… Dreamcoat. NYC theatre: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. TV/Film: The Tony Awards on CBS, Today Show, Avon’s “Boss Life,” British Vogue, and MAC Cosmetics. He is a member of guest faculty at Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and has taught master classes in schools across the country including PACE University, Oklahoma City University, Point Park University, the Boston Conservatory, and University of Central Oklahoma. Chip is also a contributor to the casting team at RWS Entertainment group and travels the globe casting hundreds of dancers in Australia, the UK, and US. Students will have the opportunity to participate in or observe a musical theatre dance masterclass and question and answer session with Chip. For Zoom meeting info, check our calendar - https://calendar.uwec.edu/MasterCalendar.aspx