Please welcome the newest members of the School of Dance faculty to the stage

29 August 2022 Published in News and Announcements


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Douglas Corbin

Professor (Lecturer), Musical Director

Douglas holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Hunter College, City University of New York.

After improvisation studies with jazz pianist Andrew Hill, he was introduced to dance work at Creighton University and continued in New York City, where he won acclaim from a wide variety of dancers and companies including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Mary Hinkson, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and many others. Douglas enjoyed a productive relationship with the David Howard Dance Center, where his work with David resulted in several well received recordings of music for ballet class. 

International work has included workshops on music for dance training in Copenhagen, Zürich, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Havana, Caracas, Hiroshima as well as seasons at Ballett am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and the Ballett Compagnie Oldenburg in Germany.  He has continued his work with distinguished teaching artists on the music staff at the American Dance Festival, with Gerri Houlihan, contact improvisation work with Tiffany Rhynard, in numerous workshops with Jawole Zollar and the Urban Bush Women, with Suzanne Farrell, Lorraine Graves and the West Virginia Dance Festival, the Houston Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy.

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Joselli Audain Deans

Associate Professor

Joselli Audain Deans joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem after receiving most of her training at the company’s school. A scholar and an artist, she holds a Doctorate in Dance Education from Temple University. Her research focuses on Black dancers’ contributions in the American Ballet World. She has taught dance technique at Philadanco and several academic institutions; presented her work at scholarly conferences, including at Corps de Ballet International and Collegium for African Diaspora Dance. Her research is published on Arthur Mitchell’s archival collection on Columbia University’s website and in (Re:)Claiming Ballet. Some of her consultancy includes work for Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, the Dance Oral History Project for NYPL, and as a design and facilitation team member for the Equity Project completed in 2020. Currently, she is completing a chapter on ballerina Delores Browne for The Oxford Handbook of Black Studies.

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Kym McDaniel

Assistant Professor, Screendance Program Head

Kym McDaniel is a filmmaker, choreographer, collaborator, and educator. Her films seek to queer stories of the body, disability, and dance on screen. She has recently screened within curated group and solo exhibitions at the Society for Disability Studies Conference, Slamdance, Antimatter, ICDOCS, The Whitney Humanities Center, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, and at UnionDocs, among others. She is an Alexander Technique teacher and has an MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.