Meet the Artists of PDC

29 October 2018 Published in News and Announcements

Daniel Clifton

Daniel Clifton is from Niceville, FL, where he spent many years writing and playing music in punk and jazz bands. Some of the artist/associations he has had the pleasure of working with are Martha Clarke, Tere O’Connor, Nicholas Leichter, Bill Young and Colleen Thomas, Julia Ritter, photographer Tony Jones, visual artist Tunga, comedian Pam Ann, and the New York Historical Society. His dances have been presented at Henry Street Settlement, Dancenow/NYC, DNA, Dance Off, Hollins University, Florida State University, The Kitchen, IL FAUT BRULER POUR BRILLER/YOU GOT TO BURN TO SHINE, The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, ADF, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dancespace, and Williamsburg Arts eXchange. Clifton has taught at The University of the Arts, Florida State University, Lehman College, Hollins University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the American Dance Festival, ADF China, and the Korean Dance Festival.

Hillary Goidell

Hillary Goidell is an artist, photographer and documentarian based in the Bay Area. Her interest in process developed in France, where she studied anthropology then shifted her focus on context and movement to work with technology, museums and choreographers.
Hillary's projects elaborate on the notion of witnessing. Within the framework of performance, she collaborates with choreographers to document their creative process, advocating for images that reveal rather than describe the inner emotional and physical workings of dance-making. Taking a similar approach, she documents larger processes like end of life and personal circumstances that challenge us as humans. These images act as imprints, visual tools for accessing embodiment and experience.

Hillary has shown her work in Paris and San Francisco. Her photographs have been published in magazines such as Art Review and Designo, along with numerous museum catalogs and theater programs in the United States and Europe.

Molly Heller

Molly is a Salt Lake City dance artist and Assistant Professor within the School of Dance at the University of Utah. Molly has also been on faculty at Westminster College (SLC), SUNY New Paltz (NY), and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), and for summer programs such as Salt Dance Fest (University of Utah), Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (University of Utah), Ririe-Woodbury’s Professional Intensive (SLC), and Boise State University's DanceFest. Her research investigates performance as a healing practice and the relationship between physical expression and emotion. Molly's work has been presented in venues such as: Shawl Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley, CA), Eccles Regent Street Blackbox Theater (SLC), Kingsbury Hall for TEDx SaltLakeCity, Gowanus Art + Production (NYC), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Green Space (NYC), DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NY), The Mahaney Center for the Arts (Middlebury, VT), Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID), Boise State University, Westminster College (SLC), Sugar Space Studio for the Arts (SLC), and the Ladies’ Literary Club (SLC). As a performer, Molly has worked with Pavel Zuštiak, Naganuma Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, and most recently with Joanna Kotze and Katie Faulkner. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Utah where she received the Thomas G. Stockham Medal for Conspicuously Effective Teaching, the L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award, and a University Teaching Assistantship (UTA). The entire body of research for Heartland will premiere 2019-2020.

Sara Pickett

Sara Pickett is a passionate teacher who believes in the pure joy of moving by connecting to groove and kinesthetic exploration. Mrs. Pickett’s teaching history covers a wide range of subjects including all levels of modern, contemporary, jazz and hip hop techniques, dance history, choreography, improvisation, teaching methods, history of hip hop, and dance appreciation.

Mrs. Pickett danced professionally with Rick Robinson’s Total Control, and was a core member of Millennium, a theatrical hip hop company in Denver, Co. with Kenny Jimenez. She recently co-produced and presented work in BRINE in Salt Lake City. Her choreography has been performed at the University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Sugarspace, and the American College Dance Association, among others.

Sara received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah as a recipient of a University Teaching Award, and her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Weber State University where she was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Lindquist Creative Arts Fellowship. Mrs. Pickett also worked as Public Relations Associate for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah from 2007-2013. Sara serves on the boards of the National Water Dance and Utah Dance Educators Organization.

Tim Russell 

Tim Russell lives at the confluence of the aural and the visual. He was raised in a house filled with the sounds of piano and guitar, his parents both being recreational musicians.  From that nurturing experience, it seems only fitting that he was drawn to music and more specifically, percussion.  He began his professional career as a musician at fifteen, playing drums in rock bands around the Chicago suburbs.  His passion for music and percussion deepened as he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he eventually graduated with a degree in percussion performance.  After college, Tim expanded upon his musical fascination, immersing himself in the world of Contemporary Movement via accompanying classes and composing music at the University of Wisconsin Dance Program. Tim recently left his position as the Music Director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Dance Department to pursue an MFA in Music Improvisation at Mills College in Oakland, CA.  He has been called “The premier composer for Modern Dance in Milwaukee" by the Shepherd Express and a “thrilling show within the show” (DanceTabs). Tim is an extremely active performer/composer; his work is almost exclusively created within the context of choreography and improvisation. He is the co-curator of Hyperlocal MKE, a Music and Dance improvisation series which is now in it’s third year. Along with his long time collaboration with the Gerald Casel Dance Company, his audio shares the stage with a vast array of choreographic artists such as: Li Chiao PingDanceworksKate CorbyWildSpace DanceLiz Sexe and Kun Yang Lin, bringing Tim and his “Compelling original Music" (Madison Isthmus)  all across the country, from the Judson Church in New York City to ODC in San Francisco.

Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations

Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations is a Bay Area based dance company making dances and dance films. Their ongoing project, Still Life Dances, is a series of detailed and intimate movement studies based on still life paintings. Since its founding in 2014, SSC has been nominated for two Izzie Awards both for Outstanding Choreography and Performance in an Ensemble and granted residencies with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company's CHIME Program, CounterPulse Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and ODC Theater. Recent teaching and performance touring have included Boston’s Lion’s Jaw Festival and the University of Montana/Bare Bait Dance Company in Missoula, MT. Lauren has danced for choreographers Liz Lerman and Risa Jaroslow. She taught at the University of San Francisco, Harvard College, and the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an Ed.M. Harvard University. Jenny has danced for Hope Mohr, Xandra Ibarra, and Christine Cali. Her dance¬films have screened in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Camera West and Tiny Dance Film Festival. She has an M.F.A. from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Luc Vanier

Luc Vanier (MFA, MAMSAT) is the Founding Director of the School of Dance at the University of Utah. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois and certified as an Alexander technique teacher in 2001 and became a training course Director in 2011. A Principal Dancer and company choreographer with Ohio Ballet, he danced pivotal roles in the works of company founder Heinz Poll, Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Kurt Jooss, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Laura Dean among others. His choreography has been produced at the Joyce Theater in New York City and toured nationally. Vanier has lectured and presented his research extensively nationally and internationally and his co-authored book “Dance and the Alexander Technique” was published by University of Illinois Press. He founded the Integral Movement Lab, which combines the Alexander Technique within product and curriculum designs and his collaborative research with neuroscientist and physical therapist Dr. Wendy Huddleston was recognized with a two-year $50,000 multidisciplinary grant. He co-created Framework for Integration, a movement analysis system anchored in the way babies and animals move that helps all movers make new, healthier movement decisions and encourages more coordinated and integrated bodily use.

Michael Wall

Michael Wall is an internationally recognized composer, performer and educator who collaborates with dancers, choreographers and filmmakers around the world. He composes original music, accompanies dance classes, and teaches sound design for dance and performance with Ableton Live. Michael has worked at Rutgers University, Princeton University, NYU, The Ohio State University, The Bates Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and is currently on faculty at The University of Utah, School of Dance. He’s supported independent artists in digital music distribution for the last ten years and offers a comprehensive online library of music for dance students, teachers and choreographers. You can find all of his music at


Born in Wisconsin 1971, Wendy Wischer currently lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah, after relocating from Miami, Florida where she lived and worked for over 15 years. She received an MFA from Florida State University,1995 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison,1993.With a focus on artwork in a variety of media from sculptural objects, to installations, to video, sound and public works. Much of the artwork is based on blurring the separation between the intrinsic history of working with nature and the cutting edge of New Genre, and New Media. The conceptual focus highlights environmental issues; finding ways to translate data into personal understanding and create artwork that moves the viewer in poetic ways. Through the research, a wide range of data is sought that can be used to creatively link nature with technology, science with mythology and personal identity with universal connections while addressing our current environmental crisis in hopes of finding impactful ways to connect people more deeply with the environments they live in. She is the recipient of numerous grants including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the South Florida Consortium, the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts Fellowship and recently several prominent research grants from the University of Utah where she is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture Intermedia. Wendy has exhibited extensively nationally, and her international exhibits include Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Israel. She is an alumni of the Creative Capitol Professional development program and her work is part of several public collections including the Perez Art Museum, Art Bank Art in Public Places Miami, Art in Public Places Miami Beach, the Boca Museum of Art in Baca Raton Florida, the Colorado State Art Collection and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Collection. Her work is currently on view at the Utah Museum of Art.