2015 artists

Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina is a St.Louis-based choreographer and teacher and is the Artistic Director of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. Her early training was with Barbara Craig and then as a scholarship student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she was trained by Leni Wylliams and Paula Weber.

Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal

Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal, PhD is Professor of the Practice in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She performed for twenty years with such companies as American Ballet Theater, the National Ballet, Dancers, and the Cincinnati Ballet. 

David Marchant

David Marchant is Professor of the Practice, on faculty at Washington University since 1994, teaching technique, composition and improvisation of contemporary concert dance and coordinates the Somatic Studies Certificate Program. He is a certified Alexander Technique teacher.

Diadié Bathily

Diadié Bathily is artistic director of Afriky Lolo, a dance company based in St. Louis and adjunct faculty member at Washington University. Diadie (pronounced Jah-Jay) is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, instructor and costume designer

Cecil Slaughter

Cecil Slaughter is Professor of the Practice in Dance in the Performing Arts Department and artistic director of The Slaughter Project. His classes at Washington University include the Horton modern dance technique, jazz, and a special topics course, Modern Dance and the African American Legacy.

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications.

Holly Seitz Marchant

Holly Seitz Marchant is adjunct faculty at Washington University, St. Louis University, and Maryville University, teaching modern dance, ballet and movement for healthcare professionals. Holly holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2001.

Lynne Larson

Lynne Larson received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and a MFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She danced professionally with Martita Goshen’s Earthworks, Repertory Dance Theatre, SBDance and Koester & Dancers. In 2007, she was named Education Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, and in 2014, Artistic Associate as well.

Mary-Jean Cowell

Mary-Jean Cowell, coordinator of the WU Dance Program, performed in New York with the Katherine Litz Company and in her own choreography. In Tokyo she taught and choreographed for the Abe Kobo Repertory Company. Her research on Michio Ito has been shared in published articles, conference papers and workshops, as well as classes in the Ito technique. She recently completed twelve years as a national board member of the American College Dance Association. M.A. Dance; Ph.D., Japanese Theatre.