L. Taylor Ashton, a dance maker and native of Youngstown, Ohio, graduated with honors from Kent State University with a B.F.A. in dance performance in 2017. Ashton recently received her M.F.A. in dance from Hollins in conjunction with the Master of Contemporary Dance Education program at Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. Ashton’s current work in process, ataba is a multi-medium performance art piece that is anchored in the migration and displacement of Syrian refugees, drawing on her Syrian heritage and family migration story. www.LTaylorAshton.com
Rebecca Lillich/Krüger is a performance artist. She is currently based in Amsterdam, collaborating with various artists and dancers in the freelance scene to create work that keeps the heart beating. She graduated from Hollins’ M.F.A. program in 2018 and Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s B.F.A. program in 2016.
Amanda K. Miller was the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of Pretty Ugly Dance Company from 1992 until 2009. Based in Germany, Pretty Ugly toured internationally and won an array of awards and acclaim for unique artistic and social collaborations. Prior to starting her own company, Miller was a founding member, principal dancer, and resident choreographer of Ballett Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe from 1984 to 1992. Additional founding credits include Yummy Dance, an improvisational and multi-disciplinary dance company in Matsuyama, Japan. In 2009, Miller returned home to the United States where she holds interdisciplinary improvisational workshops and shares her expertise as a freelance choreographer, opera director, dance educator, and performer with dance companies, universities, regional colleges, community institutions, and private dance studios. Her creative process, amanda science, cultivates works, experiences, and investigations that champion inclusiveness in any environment, whether leading expressive art projects to support disadvantaged children and young adults or facilitating collaborations with professional artists. Also developed as an instructional toolbox, amanda science offers a framework for learning that engages the body, mind, and soul. She is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts dance program and received her M.F.A. in dance at Hollins in 2017.
Elizabeth Corbett O’Malley was one of a small group of groundbreaking artists who pioneered William Forsythe’s burgeoning dance language in the 1980’s and early 90s. Known professionally as Elizabeth Corbett, she received her early training through dance scholarships from The National Academy of Arts, and local dance schools including The Ballet School of Rochester, Botsford’s School of Dance, Elizabeth Clark Dance School, and Pittsford Musicals. Summer studies in New York City at the School of American Ballet and with Maggie Black and Marjorie Mussman helped prepare Corbett for her sustained life in dance. Several years in both the Milwaukee Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet led to her Frankfurt Ballet career as a soloist and collaborator in Forsythe works. Corbett has been teaching, mentoring, and choreographing worldwide for several decades. She taught for 10 years and headed the dance program at Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s school PARTS in Brussels for six years, and has similarly been a faculty member at ImpulsTanz Vienna and The American Dance Festival. Corbett has enjoyed many residencies worldwide as a teaching artist. Among those, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, The Paris Opera Ballet, Mercyhurst University, The Beijing Dance Academy, Movement Research/International Dance Dialogues, Cullberg Ballet, and Towson University where she was a recipient of the Rosenburg Distinguished Artist Award, stand out. A recent Hollins fellowship recipient and Hollins M.F.A. graduate, Corbett is immersed in local nonprofit work in dance and literacy intervention in Memphis, international residencies, and family life.
Tarik Darrell O’Meally was born in Queens, New York, and raised in DMV. He earned his B.F.A in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked and performed with companies such as Johnnie Cruise Mercer/The RED project NYC, Amaranth, in addition to Abby Z & the New Utility. O’Meally is currently a company member of the Marvin Gaye Dance Project, VT Dance, and Ashani Dances. O’Meally is a four time, full scholarship recipient at the American Dance Festival. As a choreographer, his work has been presented at The Clarice Smith 34 Annual Choreographers Showcase, New Releases Choreographer Showcase, the 15th Annual Richmond Choreographer Showcase, the Richmond Dance Festival, the Baltimore Theater Project, ARAS Dance series, Morgan State University, and the Mid-Atlantic North Gala performance at the American College Dance Association. O’Meally, the artistic director of the UNUM Dance Collective, is the 2016-2017 artist-in-residence at Coppin State University. He is currently 2017-2018 New Releases Commissioned Artist.
As a dance artist, Mindy Rawlinson concentrates on ideologies surrounding femininity, sexuality, and the moving dancing body. Some of her past works involve critical research on Radical Ballet: finding transgressional spaces, Voyeurism and the Ballerina, and examining the performance of sexuality in the fields of pornography and choreography by exploring kinesthetic pleasures. Rawlinson completed her Master of Fine Arts through Hollins’ three-summer low residency program. Prior to accomplishing her M.F.A., Rawlinson was an adjunct instructor of dance at the University of South Carolina for four years where she also completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2013. As a professional performing artists, she has worked with Carolina Ballet Theatre, Wideman-Davis Dance, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, and Baran Dance. Rawlinson recently spent two semesters as a visiting assistant professor of dance at Hollins and is currently in her third season with Ballet Florida. She just completed an artist in residency at Indian River Gardens in Fort Pierce, Florida, and looks forward to July 2020 where she will be an artist in residency at the Kultursciok’s Kulturfactory in Domicella, Italy.
Steven Vaughn was born in the Midwest and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a B.F.A. in modern dance, focusing on choreography. As a senior at the University of the Arts, he began working with Parsons Dance as an apprentice, performing at the Joyce Theater with the company while finishing his B.F.A. At graduation, he was honored with the Stella Moore Prize for Four-Year Achievement and the Award for Excellence in Modern Dance. Upon graduating he then joined Parsons Dance full time, under director David Parsons; touring and teaching with the company. He danced with Parsons both domestically and internationally, including Italy, China, Brazil, Russia, and more. This opportunity afforded him the opportunity to work with Monica Bill-Barnes, Kate Skarpetowska, and Robert Battle. Additionally, he taught throughout the United States including various dance college programs, the Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey School, as well as, master classes in Italy and Israel. His choreography has been set on the Philadelphia-based SHARP Dance Co., under director Diane Sharp- Nachsin. SHARP Dance Company commissioned several of Vaughn’s early choreographies and continues to tour his work nationally. His work was selected for the 2014 Emerging Choreographer Commission for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Harvard University, among others. He is featured twice in Jordan Matter’s New York Times Bestseller, Dancers Among Us and TV and film experiences include Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s dance documentary Movement One starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Operatic Heat: Parsons Dance presents ‘Remember Me’, All the Right Moves, the feature film Now You See Me and Law and Order: SVU. Since relocating to Philadelphia, Vaughn earned an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins (2017). He served on faculty at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, 2014 to 2019.
Maurice Watson is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher who holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and is currently on faculty within the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Watson has successfully danced and performed with companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Disney, Jazz Antiqua, Long Beach Ballet, and Holland America Cruise Line. He is an engaging and inspiring teacher, who has taught at numerous universities, summer programs, and dance seminars throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Artists/Companies in Residence
Since 1993 Hollins has hosted more than 100 dance professionals as artists-in-residence. These talented artists perform on campus, conduct master classes, and create new works for and with students.