Wong: has been on faculty at
Alvin Ailey since 1992. She serves as faculty advisor for
BFA and Certificate
students at the Alvin Ailey School. She is presently on faculty
at Adelphi University Dance Department. Sharon serves on
the Board of
Directors of Evon Arts LTD COming Together Performance Series,
New York City. She has received the J.S. Seidman Award
for Excellence in Dance.
William Charles Crowley,
received his MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. He received
additional dance training while on scholarship at the Martha Graham School
of Contemporary Dance in New York City. William has danced with Aerial
Dance Theater, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Dansplateau (Belgium), David Taylor
Dance Theatre, and Dance Gallery/Peter Sparling & Co., in which he
performed the lead role in Martha Graham's masterwork, El Penitente.
He has received 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, which stated: "That... Crowley seems to
share [his] magic with us makes this universe ultimately reassuring."
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 then served as adjunct faculty at Miami-Dade College (2002-04),
Part Time Lecturer at Barry University (2006-09), and Lecturer of Dance
at the University of Miami (2006-11).
In March 2004, William became Founder and Co-Artistic Director
of Next Step Dance, a modern dance company in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In April
2004, the company held their premiere performance in a studio space at
the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Miami
Art Exchange wrote: "William Charles Crowley... [an] accomplished
In August 2004, William returned to Michigan as a guest artist
to perform in the Peter Sparling Dance Co. 10 Year Retrospective. He also
returned to Michigan in September 2004, to work as a guest choreographer
with Aerial Dance Theater, setting his work, Kawabata Suite.
From 2002-2005, William served as a choreographer for the
AVEDA corporation, choreographing runway shows for their Get Connected
Tour/Master Jam in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, St. Petersburg, FL, New
York, NY, Hollywood, CA, Miami Beach, FL, and Dallas, TX, as well as their
national conventions, AVEDA Congress 2002 and AVEDA Congress 2005 in Minneapolis,
In January 2005, William became Artistic Director of Next
Step Dance and relocated the company to Bay Harbor Islands, FL. In April
2005, Next Step Dance made its triumphant return to the Broward Center
for the Performing Arts with the 2nd Annual Next Step Dance Series, and
was also the subject of a feature story in the Lifestyle Section of the
Sun Sentinel. In May 2005, William was invited to perform his work Woodblock
Study, in the NewGrounds 2005 dance concert presented by Moving Current
Dance Collective in Tampa, FL.
Since then, the company has returned to the Broward Center
for the Performing Arts to present seven more successful annual performances,
including the sold out 4th Annual Next Step Dance Series: Celebrating the
Male Dancer, and was once again honored with a feature story in the Sun
In January 2008, William served as Dance Coordinator for
the Florida Grand Opera's production of Bizet's, Les pecheurs de perles
("The Pearl Fishers"), performed at both the Carnival Center
for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL and the Broward Center for the Performing
In March 2012, William attended the Graham Technique Refresher
Course at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City,
where 25 instructors from the United States, England, France, and Greece
came together to analyze, discuss, and debate how to best preserve the
Graham Technique for future generations.
Currently, William is teaching throughout the United States
and Europe, including the Chipping Campden Contemporary Dance Festival
in The Cotswolds, England; FEDES (Federatie Dans en Sport) in Brugge, Belgium;
and the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France.
Anne-René Petrarca is a modern dancer,
choreographer and Alexander Technique teacher and the founder and artist-director
Sculpted Motion. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.
Since re-locating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 after 20 years in New
York City Anne-René teaches modern technique at Shawl-Anderson Dance
Center and Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and Alexander for the LINES Ballet
Training Program and the Mills College Dance Department. In New York she was
on the faculty of DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) and assistant faculty at
The Juilliard School. Anne-René's approach to teaching modern dance
integrates the Alexander Technique along with influences from various modern
techniques,the work of Irene Dowd, Bartenieff fundamentals and Yoga. Movement
qualities have organic undertones and contain rich details, strong circular
shapes, seamless transitions and complex floor work. This class is designed
to challenge the dancer technically and artistically, movement can range from
athletic and percussive to lyrical and sensual.This class facilitates an atmosphere
that allows the dancer to heighten his/her physical awareness and the expression
in the body while experiencing the joy in his/her dancing. Sculpted Motion
will be Artist-In-Residence at Shawl-Anderson in 2012. www.sculptedmotion.com
The Guest Artist Series is
supported by the DeLong Endowment for Dance.
For more information contact
the Hope College Dance Department at (616) 395-7700.