HU DANCE ARTS SPRING 2021 GUEST ARTISTS
The Dance Arts Program continues their guest artist series with
Tracy M. Vogt, LauraBethany Strong, Shaness D. Kemp & Janine N. Beckles!
Tracy M. Vogt
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Tracy attended the School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was given scholarships to study at the Erie Civic Ballet School (Lake Erie Ballet) and the Erie Bayfront Ballet. She received scholarships to the PA Governor’s School for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Modern Intensive, Point Park Summer Dance and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She was also a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, NY, where she was personally chosen to demonstrate Graham technique by School Director, Denise Jefferson.
Her professional experience includes Assistant Rehearsal Director, Principal Dancer and Masterclass Instructor with the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) for twelve years, Rehearsal Director and Principal Dancer for the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company in Kansas City, MO, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater and Verb Ballets in Ohio, under the direction of Hernando Cortez. Ms. Vogt has demonstrated technique classes for Master Teachers including Yuriko Kikuchi, Mary Hinkson, Pat Thomas and Milton Myers. She received the Philadelphia Rocky Award for Dance Excellence, and has performed lead roles in works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Gene Hill Sagan, Elisa Monte, Talley Beatty, George Faison, Bill T. Jones, Dianne McIntyre, Christopher Huggins, Dwight and many other diverse contemporary choreographers.
Ms. Vogt has taught at the National Regional Dance America, Southeastern and Northeastern Regional Ballet Festivals, as well as numerous schools, summer intensives and Universities both nationally and abroad, most recently in Uganda, Rwanda and Guinea, Africa for NGO MindLeaps, that creates educational programs for refugee and children and post conflict developing countries. She was Dance Director for North Atlanta High School in 2009 and on faculty at Tri-Cities High School, Atlanta Ballet and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities from 2012-2020. Ms. Vogt was also the Director of the Body Positivity program to encourage a healthy and holistic approach to body image.
Tracy’s choreography was selected and performed at RDA SE festival in 2011and 2019, and her contemporary choreography placed 1st, 2nd and numerous top twelve finishes at Youth American Grand Prix in Atlanta, Winston-Salem and YAGP Finals in NYC. She has also choreographed works for Dance Canvas Atlanta, Rockford Dance Company, Erie Contemporary Ballet as well as the Regional High School Dance Festival in Norfolk, VA. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Roswell Dance Theatre Modern Company in Atlanta and teaches at Foothills Dance Conservatory and the International Ballet in Greenville, South Carolina.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri LauraBethany began studying dance at the tender age of three. She started her professional career at 16 years old as an Actor's Equity member with the St. Louis Municipal Opera. Performing in shows like: “Guys and Dolls”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Singing In The Rain”. Continuing her dance training led her to Howard University, where she became a dance major. While attending Howard she was handselected and cast in The Kennedy Centers Performing Arts presentation of “PURLIE”, directed by Tony Award winner George Faison and choreographed by the legendary Louis Johnson. She also performed in the American Premiere of “KING”, (the musical for President Clinton's Inauguration). In addition, she became a Washington Wizards cheerleader. After her stint in D.C., LauraBethany moved to New York City and was a scholarship recipient at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School. Along with being a New York Knick City and Liberty cheerleader, she was cast and performed as a principal dancer in the 25th Anniversary of “The Wiz.” In 2001, LauraBethany relocated to Los Angeles to further propel her professional career. After landing several high-profile jobs, she began to make a name for herself as a dancer, movement coach, and choreographer. She has worked with artists such as Babyface, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Cole, Lady Gaga and the list goes on. She's also no stranger to TV/Film, appearing in commercials, TV shows, and films like Will and Grace, Idlewild, The Great Observer, The Comebacks, Bring It On Again, and a list of award shows. You have also seen her as a straight-talking judge on Laurieann Gibson's Born To Dance. In 2017, LauraBethany was nominated for a British Arrow Award for her choreography in a NIKE campaign. She is extremely grateful for the wealth of knowledge that has been gained from traveling around the world and learning the business from Icons.
Shaness D. Kemp
Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Temple University. She is a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance educator and is currently on faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. Kemp has trained and performed with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Kariamu & Company: Traditions, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and her work continues to be presented nationally and internationally; most recently presenting at the 2020 37th annual Choreographer's Showcase where she tied with another choreographer for the Audience Choice award, the 2019 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference as a choreographer and in the 2019 Women In Dance Leadership Conference as a performer and instructor. Shaness is thrilled about working with the students at Howard University and looks forward to the artistic exchange and experience.
Janine N. Beckles
A native of New York City, Janine started dancing at the age of six at Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she stayed for eight years under fellowship scholarship. She then continued her training at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts and the Ailey School (performing "Memoria," "Hymn," and "Revelations,") both on full scholarship. Janine received a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Sociology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Janine was a National Foundation of the Arts award recipient in Modern Dance. A former member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre for five years. Janine has done some commercial work and also danced in the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards as a dancer for Beyonce. Janine is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was selected to be one of the 2018-2019 Visiting Teaching Fellows for the School of American Ballet. Janine is currently a lead dancer and company Graham teacher going into her 10th season with Philadanco. She teaches Masterclasses while on tour at such places as USC Kaufman, UMASS Amhearst, UNC and other universities and colleges. She just completed the Martha Graham Teacher Workshop this past June.
Janine is a newest board member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers Association (PVLA). She is currently in graduate school studying to obtain her MBA with a concentration on Leadership.