Guest Artists

image of male and female dancer on stageFall 2021 Guest Artists

Ido Ido Gidron is a performance artist, dancer, and choreographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He participated in the summer course of The Juilliard School in New York and the Batsheva Excellence Program in 2011-2013. Mr. Gidron has worked with several acclaimed choreographers and companies, including the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II (2013-2014) and the Batsheva Ensemble (2014 - 2017). He is a certified Gaga teacher, the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Currently, Mr. Gidron is staging his own work, together with the Gaga language as a base for creation. He works with the independent choreographer Idan Sharabi and stages Ohad Naharin’s repertoire on many groups of dancers around the world.

Made with possible with support from the Israeli Institute, Mr. Gidron joins KSU Dance as our Fall 2021 Artist-in-Residence, and will choreograph an original work for the KSU Dance Company, teach DANC 3330 (Modern Dance IV), present guest lectures/masterclasses for multiple dance courses, and offer public lectures/masterclasses. 

Heath Heath Gill began training and performing and the young age of four. While his primary focus through most of his arts career has been in many styles of dance, his performance experience also includes trumpet, piano, musical theater, and film. Straight out of high school, Heath began a distinguished career with Atlanta Ballet performing their varied classical ballet and contemporary repertoire. Over his 10 years there, he performed in works by renowned choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, David Bintley, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Jorma Elo, Helen Pickett, Liam Scarlett, Jiri Kylian, Alex Eckman, and Ohad Naharin. A few of his critically acclaimed roles include: Mercutio in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, 1st Seminarian in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, Kilroy in Helen Pickett’s Camino Real, and the Improv Soloist in Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. Heath has been recognized for his dancing as one of ArtsATL’s “30 under 30” and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. Through his many created works for Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi, he has also become a prominent choreographer in Atlanta. Daily, Heath continues cultivating his athleticism, artistry, and choreographic voice.

Mr. Gill joins KSU Dance as a guest choreographer, choreographing a ballet work for the KSU Dance Company fall concert, Forces of Grace.

  • Summer 2021
    Annalee Traylor and Omar Román De Jesús set works on the KSU Dance Company dance majors and alumni for our opening season concert, Double Exposure.

    Glenn Edgerton, former dancer of the Nederlands Dance Theater (NDT), former executive artistic director of NDT1, and former artistic director of Hubbard Street. Held a 2-week intensive Jiri Kylián repertory workshop.

    Fall 2019
    Jimmy Orrante, choreographed classical ballet work Onward for the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2019 concert, Slang.

    Fall 2018
    Sean Nguyen-Hilton, KSU Dance 2018-2019 Artist-in Residence. Choreographed work Public Domain on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2018 concert, Pariah, and taught DANC 3310 Modern II and DANC 3600 Dance Improvisation.

    Fall 2017
    James Graham, choreographed work Path of Occlusion on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2017 concert, Suspended Vision, and taught gaga classes.

    Martha Goodman, choreographed classical ballet work Allego Vivo on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2017 concert.

    Fall 2016
    Ella Ben-Aaron, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist. KSU Dance Artist-in-Residence, choreographed work Hyperselves on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2016 concert, MELD and taught DANC 3500 Choreography I.

    Fall 2015
    Ido Tadmor, choreographed work The Empty Room on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2015 concert, TEN, celebrating 10 years of KSU Dance.

    Fall 2014
    Ido Tadmor, choreographed work Black Morning on the KSU Dance Company for the Fall 2014 concert, Pyromania.

  • 2021-2022
    Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre - Marley Was Dead, To Begin With.
    Tentacle Tribe - Ghost

    Shaden Dance Company, Trilogy


    Charlotte Ballet, Redbird and Walking Mad
    Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, Modern Myths

    Spellbound Contemporary Dance Company, Full Moon
    Off the Edge, Ballet X and Terminus Modern Ballet Theater
    BODYTRAFFIC, Dust; And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square

    Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Horses in the Sky


guest artists

The Department of Dance offers masterclasses each semester for our students to learn firsthand from experts in the field. 

  • Jackie Nash, Classical Ballet
    Ashley Eleby, Improvisation
    Ido Gidron, GAGA
    Christian Clark, Classical Ballet
    Contemporary Ballet, Tara Lee
    Meg Brooker, Duncan Technique
    John Walker, Mental Readiness
    Donald Byrd, Modern
    Rachel Van Buskirk, Contemporary Ballet
    Xay Zoleil, Hip Hop

  • Rachel Van Buskirk, Classical Ballet
    Laura Morton, Improvisation
    Christian Clark, Contemporary Ballet
    Xavier Lewis, Hip Hop
    Shaden Dance Company
    John Welker, Classical Ballet
    Thang Dao, Modern
    Heath Gill, Improvisation
    John Welker, Mental Readiness
    McCree O'Kelley, Ballet
    Lisa K. Lock, Modern

  • Marsha Barsky, Gyrokinesis
    John Welker, Modern
    Caroline Clark, Butoh
    Tara Lee, Contemporary Ballet
    Rachel Van Buskirk, Classical Ballet
    Heath Gill, Improvisation
    Jon Carr, Contemporary
    John Welker- Mental Readiness
    Christian Clark, Classical Ballet
    Laura Morton, Improvisation
    Alex Gonzaga, Contemporary Ballet
    Xavier Lewis, Hip Hop

  • Tara Lee, Contemporary Ballet
    Toni Jenkins, Classical Ballet
    Xavier Lewis, Hip Hop
    Caroline Clark, Butoh
    Ana Llorente, Latin
    McCree O’Kelley, Virtual Ballet

  • Stacey Slichter, Classical Ballet
    Dre Lakin, Injury Prevention
    Carson Hobbs, Musical Theatre
    Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, Modern
    Ana Llorente, Latin
    Sarah Hillmer, Contemporary Ballet
    AJ Paug, Hip Hop
    John Welker, Contemporary Ballet and Dance Performance and Mental Readiness (Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre)
    Tara Lee, Classical Ballet (Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre)

  • Christine Welker, Classical Ballet 
    Jon Carr, Contemporary
    Jan Wikstrom, Voice
    Carson Hobbs, Musical Theater 
    Sarah Hillmer, Contemporary Ballet
    Dre Lakin, Jazz
    Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Modern
    Nicole Johnson, Contemporary Ballet

  • Nicole Johnson, Contemporary Ballet
    Martha Goodman, Classical Ballet
    Harrison Long, Acting for Dancers
    Julie Galle Baggenstoss, Flamenco
    Sarah Hillmer, Contemporary Ballet