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Guest Faculty for Summer Intensive 2020
Christina Hampton:Ms. Hampton began her ballet career with training in Belgium from Bejart soloist, Daniel Lambo. She also trained at Tidewater Ballet with Pat Sorrell, Virginia State Ballet, Star Dancer’s Ballet in Tokyo, Japan and she was a full scholarship student at Chicago City Ballet. Christina also spent two summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB).
She began her professional career in 1986 with Tampa Ballet and moved on to perform in Ruth Page’s production of the “Nutcracker” in Chicago. In 1987, she became principal dancer with Minnesota Ballet where she performed in roles such as Odette/Odile, Aurora and Swanhilda. Christina moved to Miami in 1995 and performed the Snow Queen in Miami Ballet’s Nutcracker directed by Yanis Pikieris. In 1996 she was principal guest artist with Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet directed by Rodney Gustafson. While in California, Christina was offered a position with Hartford Ballet where she performed soloist and principal roles in Graham Lustig’s “Evening,” Bronislava Nijinska’s Blue Girl in “Les Biches” and Artistic Director Kirk Peterson‘s “Nutcracker.“ She spent the last eight years of her twenty year career as a principal dancer with Ballet Florida. She performed in works by world renowned choreographers such as Glen Tetley‘s “Sphinx,“ Val Caniparoli‘s “Lambarena,“ Lar Lubovitch‘s “Smile with my Heart,“ and “Musette,“ Sean Lavery‘s “Sleeping Beauty“ and “Classical Symphony,“ Ben Stevenson‘s “Dracula“ and “Esmeralda“ pas de deux, Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night” and Twyla Tharp‘s “Baker‘s Dozen.“
Christina Hampton’s career as a dance instructor has included associations with such prestigious schools as Chicago City Ballet School, School of Minnesota Ballet, Miami Conservatory, Academy of Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Ballet Center and Jeanne’s School of Dance, NuEvolution Dance Studio and Impact Dance. She has been a “Summer Guest Faculty” member at CPYB since 1999 and a guest teacher at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa Florida in 2015 as well. Ms. Hampton’s experience as a ballet teacher has spanned over 35 years.
LeeWei Chao: Born in Taipei, Taiwan. LeeWei Chao started his ballet training at age 15 with Ms. Xiao Lee, who brought from Russia the Vaganova ballet method to Taiwan. After dancing with Taipei City Ballet, and Henry Yu Dance Company, he joined Singapore Dance Theater. In 1996, Lee Wei joined Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City, followed by dancing with Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Milwaukee Ballet. Mr. Chao started his choreography work while he was dancing with Milwaukee Ballet Company. As a choreographer, LeeWei’s works have been performed by Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Oklahoma City Ballet, New Mexico School of the Arts, TCU Residency and others. In 2014, LeeWei received a National Choreography Recognition Award from Regional Dance America. LeeWei has taught at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, LINES Ballet Training Program, LINES Ballet Summer Program, LINES Ballet BFA Program Dominican University, Stanford University, National University of Taipei, Taiwan, ODC Dance San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Smuin Ballet, and others. LeeWei was featured in the August 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine is currently a faculty member with Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Adam McKinney: Adam W. McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, and community activist. He has danced with some of the world’s preeminent dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne (Switzerland), Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, ZviDance, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, and Milwaukee Ballet Company.
McKinney has led dance work with diverse populations across the U.S. and in Benin, Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Rwanda, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. Awards of note include an Asylum Arts award for truth and reconciliation artwork about the Fort Worth (TX) lynching of Fred Rouse entitled “SCAB;” Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Research & Creative Activities Award for “Dancing through a Door of Return,” site-specific dance performances in West African slave castles; New York University’s President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction; Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Choreographers grant for dance work with Ethiopian-Israeli communities; National Artist Teacher Fellowship for “The Borders Project” at the Mexico/U.S. border; and LEAD:NM, an educational fellowship for teachers and leaders of color creating change in charter education in New Mexico.
Adam was a School of American Ballet National Visiting Teaching Fellow, an opportunity to engage in important conversations around diversity and inclusion in classical ballet. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI, by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney was New Mexico School for the Arts’ inaugural Dance Department Chair (Santa Fe, NM). McKinney holds a BFA in Dance Performance with high honors from Butler University and an MA in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU-Gallatin. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at TCU and teaches courses in classical ballet, modern dance (Horton), and choreography. Areas of research include: dance performance, site-specific dance, mixed ability dance, trans-generational trauma, dance and PTSD, Queer dance, Black dance, Jewish dance, and dance with veterans.
Darren McIntyre: Originally from Port Macquarie, NSW Australia, Darren McIntyre is a graduate of The Australian Ballet School receiving his Advanced Diploma of Dance.
Presently, Mr. McIntyre is based out of New York City and travels worldwide as a freelance Performer, Choreographer, Ballet Master, Dance Teacher, Adjudicator and Répétiteur.
Darren was recently featured as an original cast member in the world premiere and the first Australian Tour of the new Australian hit production “BANJO” (in the role of Banjo Paterson), presented by Got Ya Back Productions, written and produced by Tim Maddren and directed by Nicholas Christo.
Mr. McIntyre has toured extensively throughout the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe & South America, performing a wide range of both classical and contemporary works as a freelance artist & with such companies as Louisville Ballet (KY-USA), City Ballet of San Diego (CA-USA), Milwaukee Ballet (WI-USA), Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York City-USA), The Landestheater Detmold in Germany, The National Ballet of Ireland & The Australian Ballet.
This has expanded his repertory to include the title roles in all the traditional repertory ballets & has also seen him featured in works by August Bournonville, Anthony Tudor, Cameron McMillian, Christopher Fleming, Chiara Ajkun, David Dawson, DeeAna Hiett, Edwaard Liang, Ellen Sinopoli, Elizabeth Wistrich, George Balanchine, Gunther Falussy, Gregor Thieler, Harrison McEldowney, James Sutherland, Jessica Lang, Katia Garza, Leslie Norton, Luis Dominguez, Lynn Parkerson, Mark Godden, Mary Giannone, Michael Fokine, Michael Pink, Miki Olsen, Nacho Duato, Nelly Van Bommel, Peter Anastos, Peter Quanz, Robert Curran, Salvatore Aiello, Stanton Welch, Stephen Mills, Val Caniparoli, Victor Trevino, Wan Chin Choong, to name a few.
Darren has danced as a special guest performer at several international dance festivals in Italy, Greece, Australia, Japan, Mexico and was invited to represent The USA at The 4th International Ballet Festival of South America in Colombia. He has also traveled to Canada to perform as special guest artist in the principal role of Karl in John Carney’s original production of “The Nutcracker”, which was originally created on Darren in 2005.
Darren was the recipient of several scholarships including The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Award for Choreography, The Sir Robert Helpmann Bursary, The Young Australian of The Year Arts Award and has been recognized by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) as an Artist of Extraordinary Ability. He was a Bronze Medalist at the Society of Dance Awards Australia and was selected to represent Australia at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.
In May 2011 he took up the position of Artistic Director and Casting Agent at DManagement International Dance Agency, a presenting agency established to promote some of the world’s finest artists to the performing arts industry, worldwide. Mr. McIntyre was then appointed Artistic Director, Ballet Master & resident Choreographer of Montgomery Ballet, Alabama USA in January 2012 and brought to the company several innovative creations as well as maintaining the traditional classic repertory ballets throughout his three season tenure. In 2015 he served as Interim Artistic Director, Ballet Master & resident Choreographer of Lake Erie Ballet, Pennsylvania USA. In 2017 Darren served as Artistic Associate, Ballet Master and Guest Artist/Choreographer with the Fort Wayne Ballet in Indiana USA.
As a Choreographer, Mr. McIntyre has created several original works including: “SPARTAN”, “FORLORN”, “ODYSSEY”, “AUSTRALIA”, “LIGHTS WILL GUIDE YOU HOME”, “FLEET WEEK”, “LUMINOUS DARKNESS”, “BLACK RIVER”, “JUST MAKE IT GO AWAY”, “LIBERTY BELL” & “ARBEIT MACHT FREI”. He has also created original full-length ballet productions of “THE WIZARD OF OZ” and “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”. Darren choreographed and premiered his own original ballet, “WHAT MAT COME”, at The Australian Ballet Centre in 1999, and in collaboration with The Anti-Cancer Council of Australia raised valuable funds towards cancer research and awareness. As a Répétiteur, he has re-staged his own versions of “SWAN LAKE”, “LE CORSAIRE”, “GISELLE”, “THE NUTCRACKER”, “THE SLEEPING BEAUTY”, “DON QUIXOTE” and several International Gala Pieces.
Mr. McIntyre’s received his Advance Diploma of Dance (Vaganova) in 1999 and has completed up to his Intermediate RAD Examinations (The Royal Academy of Dancing). He received his American Ballet Theatre Teaching Curriculum certification (Pre-Primary though Level 3) in 2018. He has taught over 3,000 young dancers world-wide. His ability to nurture and inspire young dancers has brought him to the best dance academies, companies, and scholarship programs in the world. In addition, Mr. McIntyre’s summer dance program “Performing in America” has attracted over 400 dancers, world-wide, each summer. His students have placed in the Top 12 at the most prestigious ballet competitions, including The Youth America Grand Prix New York City Finals & Prix de Lausanne. Mr. McIntyre has been Guest Adjudicator at The City of Sydney (2008), Taree (2012) and Kempsey (2014) Eisteddfods, as well as at many International Dance Competitions, Auditions and Scholarships.
Mr. McIntyre has been a columnist with DANCEtrain Magazine & is the founder and artistic director of The Marianne McIntyre Memorial International Ballet Scholarship, a ballet festival held annually in memory of his Mother, fostering young dancer’s education through grants to study within The USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He was featured in The “Creative Diaspora Exhibition” in association with The Australian Consulate in New York City, USA, in the Film “Unseen Yet Felt”, and in the book “Love it and Leave it Australia’s Creative Diaspora” all by Nathalie Latham. He was special Guest Artist in The Australian Focus Magazine & in several editions of DANCEtrain Magazine and was featured in “The List” in RSVP Magazine in May 2012.
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