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This list is by no means complete. It merely highlights of the activities of some of our graduates. Also, dancers are always moving, and contact information and career details are challenging to keep current. If you are an alumnus and would like your information added or updated, please email


Phillips, Michael BFA 1999

Michael danced with the Merce Cunningham Apprentice Company and Peter Sparling Dance Company. He is currently performing with Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre.


Kato, Ayako MFA 1998

Performed throughout Japan, USA and Europe with Art Union Humanscape.


Tawil, Leyya BDA 1998

Leyya is the Artistic Director of Dance Elixir, based in San Francisco.  She has received numerous grants and awards including the prestigious UM Emerging Artist Award in Dance 2008.  Leyya’s work for Dance Elixir has been presented internationally in Montreal, Amsterdam, London, the Czech Republic and at the Beirut Internat’l Platform of Dance 2009.  Within the US, Dance Elixir has been presented by San Francisco International Arts Festival, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), The Flea (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Arab American National Museum’s Ford Comerica Performance Series (MI), Bohemian National Home (MI), Arts at Middlebury (VT), Alwan for the Arts (NYC), and throughout CA. Leyya has taught in professional studios and academic institutions since 1997. From 2007-09 she was the Middlebury College Artist-In-Residence in Dance (VT). She is also the co-director of Temescal Arts Center in Oakland, CA. Leyya received her MFA from Mills College, Oakland.


Barnhardt, Cassie BFA 1997

Cassie is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, where she has been since 2012. Before joining the faculty, she worked as a university administrator, including serving as an Assistant Dean at Dartmouth College. Cassie earned her doctorate (2005-2012) from the University of Michigan’s School of Education in higher education - organization, behavior and management. Her research examines the ways that universities, as organizations, contribute to democracy and civic life. This work includes examining episodes of campus mobilization and protest. Her work has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Norwegian government, among others. Cassie attributes her dance training as essential for having prepared her to apply an interdisciplinary approach in her current career as a scholar.


Cotter, Emma BFA 1997

Emma is a choreographer, visual artist and the AD of RETTOCAMME, a process-oriented dance/art/design group founded in 2003. In NYC RETTOCAMME has been presented at the Bowery Poetry Club, Construction Co, Merce Cunningham, 92nd St Y and numerous festivals. In 2004, RETTOCAMME self-produced a two-week run of Treading Water. From May 2007-May 2008, RETTOCAMME created over a dozen site-specific installations for the Jonathan Shorr Gallery in SoHo and was also included in the gallery’s group visual arts show “Inside/Out”. Emma’s additional NYC choreography credits include Common Factor’s production of Jason Lindner’s Egyptian Rat Screw and Amy Axelson’s production of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale. Emma has been a guest artist at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT and UM. As a dancer, Emma appeared in Tatyana Tenenbaum’s In Like a Lion and Tristan Perich’s Impulse Manifold.


Tice, Julie BDA 1997

Julie received an Emerging Artist Award in 2007 from SMTD. She joined Taylor 2 in 1999 and made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Co in 2000.  In NYC, she has danced with Take Dance Co and Patrick Corbin and Dancers as well as choreographing and performing her own work.


Broomfield, Mark MFA 1996

Mark is assistant professor of theater and dance at Geneseo State University of New York, where he has been since 2012. In February 2016 he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. He will use the fellowship to do research toward the completion of his book "Passing for Almost Straight: The Politics and Performance of Black Masculinity On and Offstage," and post-production work on his narrative documentary feature film,"Passing for Almost Straight."

Mr. Broomfield has a doctorate in critical dance studies and was a Ford Foundation predoctoral fellow through the National Research Council of National Academies from 2006-09.


Crowley, William (Willy) MFA 1996

In addition to his MFA from U-M, William received training while on scholarship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in NYC. He has performed with numerous dance companies, both domestically and abroad, to favorable reviews from such publications as The Detroit Free Press, The Chicago Tribune, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Miami Art Exchange, The Miami Herald, and Dance Magazine. William moved to Miami, FL in the Spring of 2000, where he accepted a three-year teaching position at the prestigious New World School of the Arts. He also served on faculty at Miami Dade College, Barry University, and the University of Miami. In March 2004, William became the founder and Artistic Director of Next Step Dance, a modern dance company based in Bay Harbor Islands, FL. He currently teaches throughout the United States and Europe, including annual summer intensives at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris.


Dietz Marchant, Lindsay BFA 1996

Lindsay performs with Carolyn Dorfman, Artichoke Dance Company, and Monica Bill Barnes. She toured a duet work in Australia and has been commissioned by the Danspace Project.

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Dietz Marchant, Jason BFA 1996

Jason is working as a freelance performer. He has performed with Neta Pulvermacher, Dean Moss, Daniel Gwirtzman and Alan Good. He toured his duet work in Australia and has been commissioned by the Danspace Project.

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McDonald-Anderson, Aimee BFA 1996

Aimee is the founder of Terpsichore’s Dance Theater. She is also owner and Master trainer at Gyrotonic Ann Arbor & The Movement Center.


Rose, Matthew BFA 1995

Danced with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Company. Currently working as Mark Morris' Assistant.


Beller, Alexandra BFA 1994

Danced with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and created Alexandra Beller/Dances. Teaches in locations throughout NYC.

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Shelton, Samantha MFA 1994

Samantha Shelton is currently a professor at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, MI. She also teaches, choreographs and sets repertoire for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at the University of Texas-Austin.


Drum, Amy BFA 1992

Co-founder of NYC-based Artichoke Dance Company (with UM Alumni Daniel Gwirtzman and Lynn Neuman).

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Gwirtzman, Daniel BFA 1992

Danced with Mark Morris Dance Group and Garth Fagan. Daniel is the creator and director of the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company in NYC.

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Cheng, Anita MFA 1991

Founder and Choreographer of Anita Cheng Dance - & Recognized by American Music Center, Live Music for Dance Grant (2008); Fulbright to Brazil (2007); Joyce Theater Foundation Residency (2006); Hunter College Teaching and Learning with Technology Development Grant (2006); Residency, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Italy (2005); Digital Artist’s Fellowship, Dance Theater Workshop (2004); NYFA Artist’s Fellowship (2003); Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter College, CUNY.

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Neuman, Lynn BFA 1991

Co-founder of Artichoke Dance Company in NYC (with UM Dance Alumni Amy Drum and Daniel Gwirtzman).

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Sears-Etter, Christina BA 1991

Christina has been Artistic Director of Ann Arbor-based dance company People Dancing since 2000. She received her MFA from SUNY Brockport and has performed independently and in companies in London, NYC and various locations in the USA.

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