January 12 & 13 | Workshops featuring BDF faculty & friends!
A weekend of workshops featuring BDF faculty and live accompaniment by Terrence Karn! Take a class, learn about the festival and receive BDF tuition discounts!
10:30-12pm Modern w/ Michael Foley
12:30-2pm Hip Hop w/ Yvonne Hernandez
10-11:30 Improvisation & Somatics w/ Tristan Koepke
~Classes are $17, $14/college students or all 3 for $45~
About the Faculty:
Michael Foley has been involved in the professional dance community for over 25 years. He performed with the companies of over two-dozen choreographers, including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Seán Curran, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang and Eun Me Ahn. Michael’s choreography has been commissioned by major international dance companies from the United States, Mexico, Ireland, France, Italy, Sweden, Cuba, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and by the Cirque du Soleil organization. He has taught workshops and master classes at over 100 universities, academic institutions, dance festivals and private studios around the globe, including guest faculty positions at Balettakademien in Stockholm, The Amsterdam Dance Center, New World School of the Arts in Miami, and Bates College, among others. Michael has received recognition for his work in the arts including a William J. Fulbright scholarship from the U.S. government for his research and teaching in Mexico with Delfos Danza, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, and he was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University in 2005. Michael has a 30-year affiliation with the Bates Dance Festival where he has been a student, emerging choreographer, faculty, and co-director of the Young Dancers Workshop from 1996 – 2007. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida, where he is also the director/creator of the USF Dance Program’s semester-long and summer study abroad programs in Paris. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from Bates College, where he studied under long-term mentor and friend Marcy Plavin, and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.
Yvonne Hernandez attended Bates Dance Festival as a scholarship student in 2006. The following year she returned as an intern and has since served on the faculty of the Youth Arts Program. She is a BA graduate from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After studying with Jennifer Archibald at Bates the summer of 2009, she joined as company member and continues as Rehearsal Director with Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company. Under Ms. Archibald’s direction, Yvonne has taught and restaged Ms. Archibald’s work at ArchCore 40, Fordham/Ailey Program, Columbia/Barnard University, Balletakademien Stockholm, Howard University, Cap21 NYC, Booker T. Washington H.S., and Tulsa Ballet II. She has also danced with Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath3r Theory. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA. serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Youth Performing Group Director. Yvonne’s love for dance and movement has led to a versatile career including teaching Vinyasa & Hot Yoga for Yoga to the People in NYC, Coaching top Athletes at Hammer Athletics in Syosset, The Aviators Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, and runs a private Nutrition Health Coaching practice.
Tristan Koepke is a dancer, educator, and bodyworker based in Minnesota. He has been a part of Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis since 2011, appearing in the works of many artists including Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, and Daniel Charon. He frequently collaborates with choreographer Chris Schlichting, for whom he has worked since 2009, and recently appeared in Vanessa Anspaugh’s Bessie-Nominated The End of Men. His past performance credits include Doug Varone and Dancers, luciana achugar, BANDportier, Morgan Thorson, elephantJANE dance, Patrick Scully, ARENA Dances, Time Track Productions, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and The Minnesota Opera. Tristan, certified as both a yoga teacher and Rolfer™, received his BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is currently the Associate Director of the Young Dancers Workshop at the Bates Dance Festival, where he has worked since 2010, as well as affiliate faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.