Patrick Corbin is a dancer and choreographer whose career has spanned over thirty years and bridged the worlds of classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. He holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Patrick danced professionally for The Washington Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, ABT II, the Joffrey Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Patrick has been featured in five PBS Great Performances as well as in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Dancemaker. He is a recipient of the New York Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement with The Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Patrick founded his company CorbinDances in 2003 and presented work at such New York City venues as Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, La Mama, the Joyce SoHo, the Joyce Theater and the Brooklyn Lyceum.
Patrick stages his work as well as the work of Paul Taylor on companies and universities throughout the United States. In addition to his career as a dancer/choreographer, Corbin has been a guest faculty member at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, University of California Irvine, George Mason University, SUNY Purchase, University of Kansas, University of Texas Austin and University of Michigan and has taught professionally for American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
Patrick joined the faculty of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in July 2015.
Originally from Hawaii, Rachel Berman has had a diverse career in all aspects of the field of dance, the bulk of which was a decade spent performing principal roles and appearing in numerous television productions with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She was featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary DANCEMAKER and was the March 1997 cover story for Dance Magazine. She has also performed with, among others, Ballet Hispanico of NY, May O’Donnell, The American Repertory Dance Company, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and the hula companies of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu and Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka.
Ms. Berman served as Associate Producer for Dancers Responding to AIDS; Company Manager for Company C Contemporary Ballet; the Development Officer for the Taylor Company; and was the Programs Manager at Dance/NYC, a dance advocacy organization which works in alliance with the National service organization, Dance/USA. She is a freelance writer for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life.
Ms. Berman has re-staged Mr. Taylorʻs works throughout the United States (San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre among others) and has been on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet/ New School BFA program; Mid-Pacific School of the Arts High School; LASALLE-SIA Singapore College of the Arts; the American Dance Festival; University of the Arts; the Colburn Dance Academy; California Institute of the Arts; Mills College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; College of Southern Nevada; and the Taylor School.
Ms. Berman has taught master classes and held workshops across the country and around the world for professional companies and at Universities and private studios. She is currently the chair of the dance department at Orange Coast College and heads the modern program at the American Ballet Theatre/ William J. Gillespie School in Costa Mesa. She is the director of Creative Intentions, a pop-up dance workshop.
Ms. Berman earned a BFA from Purchase College, an MFA from Hollins University/ American Dance Festival, is Certified in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum, and a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher.
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Shannon Johnson Grayson is a native of Baton Rouge, La. She graduated from Howard University with a BFA in Dance Arts under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson, and received summer intensive scholarships to Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She continued her training with scholarships to Jacob’s Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, Jacob’s Pillow Choreographers Lab and Nathan Trice Summer Dance Intensive. She relocated to Chicago as a Lou Conte Dance Studio (LCDS) scholarship student under the direction of Claire Bataille, and performed with Muntu Dance Theatre and Winifred Haun & Dancers. Her Chicago training experiences furthered her development artistically as a dancer, dance educator, teacher, choreographer and eventually led to a full time teaching position for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) with the LCDS, HSDC Youth Dance Program, HSDC Education & Community Programs and HSCD Professional Pilot Program. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago and Dominican University, River Forest, Ill. In Los Angeles, she has assisted Sarah Anindo Marshall, performed with the Marshall Dance Company and continues to work as freelance choreographer and performer.
Grayson is a certified Horton Technique instructor through the Ailey School, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. She has choreographed for the Chicago Freelance Dance Project, Columbia College Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago DanceChance. She continues to train and teach extensively in various techniques including Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, African, Afro Cuban and Dunham Technique.
Funkamentals - MediKinetics
Ardyn Flynt identifies as a multi-linguistic corporeal conversationalist. Part of the inaugural class of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, she spent four years studying diverse forms in simultaneity and working to fuse elements of street dance practices with more European etymologized styles. In conjunction with William Forsythe and d. Sabela Grimes, she crafted a curriculum marrying Forsythe improv technologies and Funkimental MediKinetics (a Hip Hop movement system conceptualized by Grimes). She has taught this curriculum for the “Art of” ballet intensive in Switzerland, for the Hubbard Street Los Angeles intensive, the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive LA and now LaMoves. Her own movement language draws heavily from Forsythian principles of structure, House dance movement/culture, and ballet.
Alice Huang (they/them) is a classically-trained collaborative pianist based in Los Angeles who has over 25 years of experience performing pop music, classical repertoire, and musical theater. Alice's teaching and performance practice is built on a foundation of strengths-based coaching and narrative musicality.