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Dance Faculty

Susan Anderson Susan Anderson

Professor of Dance
Director, USC Dance Company
2011 Carnegie Foundation's
SC Professor of the Year

2009 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor
2009 Governor's Professor of the Year

Susan Anderson began her career in Monterey, California and credits her teacher, Madame Olga Ziceva from Russia’s Kirov Ballet, with her ballet training. She continued her dance studies at the San Francisco Ballet as a scholarship student. She received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine under the legendary choreographer Eugene Loring. Her professional dance career was with Ballet Celeste of San Francisco, Los Angeles Dance Theatre, and Moving South. Professor Anderson is the founding director of the USC Dance Company, USC Dance Conservatory, and South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, which hosts international students and world renowned faculty and choreographers.

Under her Directorship the dance program implemented the BA major in Dance. The BA degree emphasis in Performance/Choreography, which began in 2004, has concentrations in Ballet or Contemporary Dance. In Fall 2006 the dance program began the BA degree emphasis in Dance Education K-12 Teacher Certification, a program in partnership with the College of Education. The dance program now has more than 60 course offerings and approximately 3,000 students enrolled each year taking dance courses.

Some of Susan Anderson’s professional artistic works include the creation of 105 ballets such as Scheherazade, Ondine, Taming of the Shrew, Plant Dance with artist Blue Sky, The Firebird, Phantom of the Night, Crown Jewels, Sylvia, Carnival of the Animals, Pleasures of Paris, Don Quixote, and The Young Man and Death. She has choreographed and taught master classes for Gus Giordano Dance Company in Chicago, the University of California, University of Buffalo, University of Georgia, Several Dancers Core in Atlanta, Murray State, Knoxville Dance Theatre, Loyola University, Inco Ballet in Colombia, South America and Stadtische Opera in Gera, Germany.

In 2009, Susan was named the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year and Governor’s Professor of the Year.

In 2011, Susan was named SC Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.


Kyra Strasberg Stephanie MIlling

Head of Dance Education. Professor.
Ph.D., Dance, Texas Woman's University
M.A., Women's Studies, Texas Woman's University
M.A., Dance Education, New York University
B.A., French, Texas Christian University

Originally from Texas, Dr. Milling left home at fourteen to study dance at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts and also attended Boston Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada. Milling’s training enabled her to perform a varied repertoire with ballet and modern dance companies such as the Dayton Ballet, Berkshire Ballet, Tressor Dance Company, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and the Von Howard Project, and she performed and assumed the role of dance captain for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Los Angeles, CA., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Since her performing career, Dr. Milling has taught in a wide variety of artistic and educational environments including company classes for Dallas Black Dance Theatre I and II, schools within the New York City Department of Education, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. She also served in the capacity of Assistant Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Milling is an active arts advocate in the state and nation and received the South Carolina Dance Association’s Advocacy Award in 2012. She was recently elected to serve as a Board Member for the South Carolina Arts Alliance, and in 2013 she was elected to serve a three-year term on the Arts Education Council at Americans for the Arts where she regularly writes for ARTSblog on topics relating to Arts Education and Advocacy. Her service in the field of dance has included serving on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Dance Festival, South Carolina Dance Association, South Carolina Dance Education Organization, and grant review panels for the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Frequently asked to work on projects with the South Carolina Department of Education, Dr. Milling helped author the 2010 South Carolina Standards for Dance Education, edited the Curriculum Support Document that accompanies the standards, and chaired the Dance Taskforce to create a model of teacher evaluation for dance educators in South Carolina. Dr. Milling’s creative and scholarly interests revolve around the intersections of Women’s Studies and Dance, assessment, advocacy, and pedagogy. Her work has appeared in venues such as the Joyce Soho in New York City, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., Piccolo Spoleto, the Annual Conference for the National Dance Education Organization, and the Journal of Dance Education.


Stacey Calvert Stacey Calvert

Distinguished Artist in Residence. Instructor of Ballet, Dance USC. 
School Director of Curriculum,
USC Dance Conservatory.
Soloist, NYC Ballet.




Stacey Calvert was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and began her ballet training at the Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, studying with her Mother and Godmother. In 1980, Ms. Calvert entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet—and remained there for three years. She joined New York City Ballet’s corp de ballet in 1983. In 1992, Ms. Calvert joined William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. She returned to New York City Ballet in the winter of 1993. Ms. Calvert was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1994.

Since joining the Company, she has danced numerous featured roles including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Ballo della Regina, The Four Temperaments, The Nutcracker (Hot Chocolate), Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C, Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2, Western Symphony, and Who Cares?, as well as Jerome Robbins’ The Four Seasons (Winter) and Interplay. In addition, she has been featured in Peter Martins’ Ash and Barber Violin Concerto as well as William Forsythe’s Herman Schmerman. During the inaugural season of NYCB’s Diamond Project in 1992, Ms. Calvert originated a principal role in John Alleyne’s Bet Ann’s Dance. During the Company’s 1994 Diamond Project, she originated principal roles in Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Chiaroscuro, John Alleyne’s The New Blondes, Trey McIntyre’s Steel and Rain, and Kevin O’Day’s Viola Alone...(with One Exception). For The Diamond Project in 1997, Ms. Calvert originated principal roles in O’Day’s Open Strings and Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza. In addition, she originated principal roles in Mr. O’Day’s Huoah, Dvorak Bagatelles and Badchonim. Ms. Calvert has danced in Europe with a touring group, and has travelled extensively in the United States and abroad with the New York City Ballet.

Since 2006, she has presented, for the University of South Carolina, Ballet Stars of New York, a concert featuring principal dancers from the NYC Ballet Company such as Wendy Whelan, Albert Evans, Nilas Martins, Tom Gold, Nikolaj Hubbe, Yvonne Borree, Sara Mearns, Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Charles Askegard, Amar Ramasar and others, performing alongside the USC Dance Company.  Past Ballet Stars of NY concerts have included performances of signature Balanchine works such as Apollo, Agon, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Allegro Brillante, Walpurgisnacht, and Who Cares, as well as Jerome Robbins' In The Night, William Forsythe's Herman Schmerman (Pas De Deux) and Lila York's Celts.  This gala evening has become an annual event for the USC Board of Dance.


Kyra Strasberg Kyra Strasberg

Distinguished Artist in Residence. Instructor of Ballet, Dance USC.
Principal, Boston Ballet.

Kyra Strasberg is a former Principal dancer from the Boston Ballet, known for the artistry and human quality that she brought to the stage. Among her many roles are Odette/Odile, the Lilac fairy, Myrtha, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Medora, Cleopatra, and Fate in Choo San Goh’s Romeo and Juliet. Her Balanchine repertoire includes Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Tzigane, Mozartiana, Serenade, Who Cares?, and Apollo among others. She has worked with Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Bebe Miller, Ben Stevenson, Lila York, and Suzanne Farrell. Her incredibly well-rounded background makes her fantastically suited to teach and coach our students. Through her rich past, Ms. Strasberg continues to bring much energy and excitement to the USC Dance Company. She is responsible for bringing in for the 2008-09 season Lila York’s modern classic, Celts.  In 2010, she staged Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk for the USC Dance Company. 


Kyra Strasberg Diane McGhee Valle

Instructor, Dance Education
B.S., Madison College;
M.S., James Madison University

Diane B. McGhee Valle is the outgoing Head of Dance Education for the University of South Carolina, where she has also taught dance history and world cultural dance forms. She was awarded the 2011 Top Citation from the National Dance Education Organization for the best national presentation and research in the field of dance. She is pioneer of the Repertory Etudes™ Educational Project, a ten year research and development project providing new access and methods of teaching dance masterworks in American education. Diane has been Dance Education Coordinator and developed the graduate programs for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is Associate Professor Emerita of Dance and Director Emerita of the Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Program at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. She has prepared dancers for teacher licensure in three states and led New York’s unique arts certification for regular classroom and early childhood educators. Diane is former Director of the Southeast Center for Dance Education, an author, artist, and international presenter. She has delivered significant presentations in Montreal, Canada and Cairo, Egypt; she was selected for an International Education Policy Round Table, at Oxford University in Cambridge, UK. Diane’s 1986 choreography Appalachia remains in the repository of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Jerome Robbins Dance Division. She has been honored in the City of Boston by Fidelity Investments Corporation for her contribution to youth through education and dance. She has served as Education Consultant to the American Dance Legacy Institute and to the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance in Saratoga Springs New York, located at the National Museum of Dance. Diane is recipient of numerous technology, service, innovative program, and research awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dana Foundation, the South Carolina Arts Commission, General Electric, and many more. She has founded several professional dance institutes and served as board member for local, state, national, and international associations. Her biography is included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

Eric Morris Eric Morris

Instructor/Production Manager,
MFA, Western Illinois University

Eric was born and raised in Augusta, GA. He is a graduate of Augusta College and earned his MFA in Stage Design from Western Illinois University. He has assisted, designed and produced for trade shows, ballet, opera, regional theatre, Off-Broadway and Broadway. As a young designer he was granted a TCG/National Endowment for the Arts Designer Fellowship. During his fellowship he assisted legendary designers Tom Skelton, Michael Phillippi, Kevin Rigdon, Brian MacDevitt, Natasha Katz and others at venues such as The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. For almost twelve years he served as the resident scenic and lighting designer for Lexington Children’s Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. His teaching includes classes and workshops for colleges, universities and professional training programs such as Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Kentucky and The Hotchkiss School Summer Program. His trade articles have appeared in Painter’s Journal and Business Lexington. He is currently on faculty with University of South Carolina, and the Designer/Production Manager for USC Dance. Eric’s ongoing work includes design and production management for Wideman/Davis Dance Company, Lexington Ballet and Columbia Music Festival. In his spare time he writes fiction and makes original music with his band Classes of Dynamo. Published works of Classes of Dynamo can be found on iTunes and many other media outlets. Recently Eric contracted with USC Press and the Story River Book series for publication of his novel, Jacob Jump.

Thaddeus Davis Thaddeus Davis

Assistant Professor, Contemporary Dance
MFA, Hollins University


Thaddeus Davis was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Wideman/Davis Dance and is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor at The University of South Carolina. He began his dance studies with The Montgomery Civic Ballet, Carver Creative Performing Arts Center, and the Alabama Dance Theatre.  Following high school he studied and danced with Barbara Sullivan’s Atlanta Dance Theatre and Dyann Robinson’s Tuskegee Cultural Arts Center. Thaddeus has trained with many of the premier schools in the country including: Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Ballet, David Howard Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Atlanta Dance, Tuskegee Cultural Arts Center, Alabama Dance Theater. Davis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Butler University in 1993 and his Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University/ADF in 2011.

Thaddeus Davis has received multiple honors and grants for his work including: 2013 Map Fund Grant to support the research and development of their current project Ruptured Silence: Racist Signs and Symbols, Jerome Robins New Essential Works Grant (2011), University of South Carolina Arts Institute, Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Reading/Dance Collaboration. Balance: Homelessness Project (2009), Canvas: The Master Class (2010), Cultural Envoy to Portugal, U.S. State Department (2007), Highlight of the Arts Season, Commercial Appeal, Memphis (2006), Winner of The New American Talent Choreographers Competition, Ballet Austin (2005), Choo San Goh Award for Choreography (2004), Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2002), Best Premiere of the Season, Dance Europe, Once Before, Twice After (2002-03), New York Times Top ten dance Highlight of the season, Once Before, Twice After (2002) calling it “reassuring evidence of New York dance’s promising future.” Butler University, 50 under 50 (2004).

Thaddeus Davis’ professional performance experience includes work with the following companies: Donald Byrd/The Group (1998-2002), Creative Assistant to Donald Byrd (2000-02), Dance Theater of Harlem (1994-98), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1995-2005), Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Dance Galaxy (2000-02), Indianapolis Ballet (1991-93), Fukuoka City Ballet (1995), and Atlanta Dance Theater (1988). Davis has taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa (2008) and for the following professional dance companies and programs: Alley II (2012), Boston Ballet (2011), Dance Theater of Harlem (2011), Ballet Quorum, Portugal (2007), Northwest Professional Dance Project (2005-2007), COCA (2005-2007), Ballet Austin (2004-06), Ballet Classical Dominican, Dominican Republic (2004-2006), Spectrum Dance Theater (2005), Steps on Broadway (2003-2004). In addition, Thaddeus has taught as a Guest Artist at the following Universities and dance centers: North Carolina School of the Arts (2012), Florida State University (2012), Webster University (2011), Long Island University (2011), Mary Mount Manhattan (2011), University of Kansas City Missouri (2011), Goucher College (2007), Auburn University (2006), Alvin Ailey/Fordham University (2005), Butler University (2005), Arizona State University (2004), The Julliard School (2003).

Thaddeus and Tanya began Wideman/Davis Dance in 2003 and continue to create work together to date. They have collaborated in the creation of the following works: past-carry-forward, CANE, Etta and James, Balance, Voypas, Bosket Affair, Bends of Life, Based on Images, Fragmentation and Rock and My Soul. In addition, they have created numerous works for the University of South Carolina Dance Company, Ballet Memphis, Phrenic New Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Reflections Dance Company, and Nevada Ballet. Community engagement is an essential component to the work, research and integrity of Wideman/Davis Dance. Bends of Life (2006-2008) toured through the public school system of the impoverished “Black Belt Region” of Alabama; sponsored by The Alabama State Council on the Arts and in Cincinnati, OH, Durham, NC, and Austin, TX sponsored by The National Performance Network. Eau Claire High School in Columbia, SC hosted The Recession and its Affect on Teenagers residency in 2010. Wideman/Davis Dance has taught movement classes at the Family Shelter of Columbia South Carolina (2009) and performed multiple lecture demonstrations at the Calhoun School (2005-2010).

Currently, Thaddeus Davis continues to perform, research, choreograph, collaborate and teach. His current research explores the intersections of gender, class, race and technology thru an African American lens. His research unfolds thru the creation of original dance, dance theater and writing, including: Voypas: Observation, Surveillance, Voyeurism (2011), A Dissembled Life (2011), Commitment to Change, Dance Theatre of Harlem: Modernism, History, Culture (2011), Balance (2009) and Bosket Affair (2008).


Tanya Wideman-Davis Tanya Wideman-Davis

Assistant Professor,
Contemporary Dance and Ballet
MFA, Hollins University


Tanya Wideman-Davis is the Co-Artistic Director of Wideman/Davis Dance and is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor at The University of South Carolina. Tanya has had an extensive and exciting career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Most recently, Ms. Wideman-Davis completed her Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University/ADF (2012).
Tanya has trained with many of the premier schools in the country including: The Academy of Movement and Music, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, The Joffery Ballet School, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Chicago City Ballet, and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. Wideman-Davis, has been noted by New York Dance Fax as “distinctive for the power of her secure pointe work and her personality.”  She has received International acclaim and was given the honor of “Best Female Dancer of 2001-2002” by Dance Europe magazine. 

As a dancer, Ms. Wideman-Davis has worked with the following companies: Dance Theater of Harlem (1993-1998), Principal Dancer Dance Theatre of Harlem (2000-2002), Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Guest Artist (1999), The Joffery Ballet of Chicago (1999-2000), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1998-2001), Donald Byrd: The Group, Guest Artist (2000), Dance Galaxy: Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY (2000-2001), Alonzo King Lines Ballet (2002-2004), Spectrum Dance Theater (2004-2005), Guest Artist (2006), Ballet Memphis, Guest Artist (2006), Quorum Ballet, Portugal, Guest Artist (2008-2009). In addition, Ms. Wideman-Davis has taught as a guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Allen University, Mississippi School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet, University of Iowa, Steps on Broadway, Goucher College, National Ballet Dominicana (Dominican Republic), Center of Creative Arts, Spectrum Dance Theater and Auburn University.

Tanya and Thaddeus Davis began Wideman/Davis Dance in 2003 and continue to create work together to date. They have collaborated in the creation of the following works:  past-carry-forward, CANE (in collaboration with Thomas DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE), Etta and James, Balance, Voypas, Bosket Affair, Bends of Life, Based on Images, Fragmentation and Rock and My Soul.  In addition, they have created numerous works for the University of South Carolina Dance Company. Tanya has assisted Thaddeus in both the creation of new works and restaging existing works for Ballet Memphis, Phrenic New Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Reflections Dance Company, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Community engagement is an essential component to the work, research and integrity of Wideman/Davis Dance. Bends of Life (2006-2008) toured through the public school system of the impoverished “Black Belt Region” of Alabama; sponsored by The Alabama State Council on the Arts and in Cincinnati, OH, Durham, NC, and Austin, TX sponsored by The National Performance Network. Eau Claire High School in Columbia, SC hosted The Recession and its Affect on Teenagers residency in 2010. Wideman/Davis Dance has taught movement classes at the Family Shelter of Columbia South Carolina (2009) and performed multiple lecture demonstrations and performances at the Calhoun School (2005-2010) in New York.  Wideman/Davis Dance was recently was awarded a 2013 Map Fund Grant to support the research and development of their current project, Ruptured Silence: Racist Signs and Symbols.

Currently, Tanya Wideman-Davis continues to perform, research, choreograph, collaborate and teach. Her research projects include Female Relationships: The Gender Gap in Dance (2012), and The Queering of a Life of Dance and HIV/AIDS (2011). Tanya’s MFA Thesis work REVEAL was premiered at the American Dance Festival Thesis Concert in Durham, NC in 2012. Her research interests explore and examine race, gender, femininity, identity and location. This research grounds her choreographic method and performances and challenges the traditional methodologies and ideologies of classical Ballet.  Most recently Wideman-Davis has co-choreographed past-carry-forward for the new Dance Theatre of Harlem company with Thaddeus Davis and dramaturg by Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz.  past-carry-forward is a work referencing the Harlem Renaissance and its futuristic possibilities.   




Richard Durlach

Richard Durlach

Adjunct Faculty
B.S.M.E., University of South Carolina, 1984, Engineering
B.S., University of South Carolina, 1971, Chemistry,
Cognates in Biology and Psychology

Richard has a degree in Engineering and has participated, instructed, or co-instructed over 25 dance classes or dance workshops up and down the east coast over the last 20 years. He is proficient in Shag, Waltz, Salsa, Lindy Hop, Fox Trot, Ballet, and other forms of dance. He has served as a guest instructor for the USC Department of Theater and Dance, USC Lancaster, various rotary clubs, churches, and schools in the greater Columbia area. He has appeared or been published in six local newspapers, radio and TV documentaries or news segments in Columbia as well. He is a member of the United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association and a co-winner of the President’s Award, Historic Columbia Foundation. He was a consultant and co-emcee for Dancing through the Decades, South Carolina State Museum and accumulated numerous other awards, presentations, appearances, or lectures and demonstrations since the 1990’s.


Cindy Flach Cindy Flach

Adjunct Dance Faculty
Jazz, Musical Theatre, West African, Tap

BA, Webster University



Cynthia Flach, is a nationally known choreographer of stage musicals. She is a graduate of Webster University and has worked extensively in the South and Mid-West. With over 125 stage musicals to her choreographic credit, she has worked with summer stock, universities and community theatres. She has been on the dance faculty at USC since 1988. Ms. Flach has staged Pop Concerts and full stage productions for the South Carolina Philharmonic. Cindy specializes in Jazz, Musical Theatre, West African and Tap instruction, and is the coordinator and director for the Student Choreography Showcase.

Dale Lam

Dale Lam

Adjunct Dance Faculty - Jazz




Dale is the founder, artistic director and choreographer of Columbia City Jazz Dance School and Company, named "One of the Top 50 Dance Companies in the US" by Dance Spirit magazine. She has a BA in Theatre and Speech from the University of South Carolina and received additional theatrical training from Jim Baffico of Carnegie-Melon and is now in her second year on staff at theUniversity of South Carolina Dance Department. She received extensive dance training with Frank Hatchett at the Broadway Dance Center in New York and continues to work with top instructors from New York and California. Dale has taught master classes at the Kiradjiev Cultural Center in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the American School in Singapore, and for the Singapore Dance Association at Lasalle College of the Arts. She is in great demand as a choreographer and travels extensively each year, setting a diverse body of original work throughout the country. In addition, she teaches master classes at studios and dance conventions across the United States, has judged many dance competitions including Star Systems Nationals in Las Vegas, and had conducted several successful after-school programs in South Carolina. Dale performed for the King of Norway during an overseas tour of “Godspell” and was a principal dancer during a European USO tour to Turkey, Greece, Spain and Italy. She was dance captain for the Southeastern Theatre Conference Summer Repertory in Fairfield, Tenn. and a principal dancer in " Hooray for Hollywood" at Carowinds. Dale was the head of the jazz faculty for the Myrtle Beach Dance Experience for two seasons and has been featured in “Dance Spirit” and “Dance Teacher” magazines for her inspirational lyrical jazz choreography.

Kerri Lambert

Kerri Lambert

Adjunct Faculty; Administrative Director, Dance Conservatory




Kerri Lambert graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with an M.F.A. in Dance where she was a Foundation Fellow.  She performed soloist and principal roles with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, OU Opera Theatre, and Antón del Calizo's Fusion Flamenco.  Favorite roles include the First Nymph in Nijinsky’sL’apres midi d’un faune and Her Ladyship in Jeremy Lindberg’s Foxes.  Lambert co-produced and choreographed for 5 Degrees of Rotation 2009 and 6 Degrees of Rotation 2010 in collaboration with her fellow graduate students.  While at OU, she received the Miguel Terekhov Ballet Choreography Award 2009, Highest G.P.A. Award 2010 and 2011, Mary Gray Thompson Award for Outstanding Contributions to the College of Fine Arts 2010, the Wallace Carr Scholarship 2010-2011, and the Buffalo Mask Award.  Lambert completed her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography at Brenau University, where she performed with the Gainesville Ballet, Bighouse Dance Theatre, and as a guest artist.  She studied the art of teaching ballet at the Gainesville School of Ballet under the artistic direction of Diane Callahan and recently attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teachers Workshop. Lambert’s choreography has been presented at Atlanta BalletFest, the S.E.R.B.A. Emerging Choreographers’ Concert, the University of Oklahoma’s adjudicated concert Young Choreographers’ Showcase 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has also created works for the University of South Carolina Dance Company and the USC Dance Conservatory.


Kyra Strasberg Melinda Rawlinson

Adjunct Instructor - Ballet

Mindy graduated Cum laude, Class of 2013 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. She received the University of South Carolina Dance Program Director Award for outstanding dedication, talent and passion for the art of dance given by Professor Susan Anderson and the faculty of the dance program. As a student, Mindy performed in George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Mozartiana, Raymonda, Allegro Brillante, Western Symphony, Walpurgisnacht, Who Cares? La Source, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet and Serenade. She performed in original works choreographed by Tanya Wideman-Davis such as Stout Breakdown and Back Door Parole, along with choreography by Thaddeus Davis, If at First We Dream and Let the Fools Stand in Line. She had the opportunity to work with guest artist Hannah Lagerway in Theresa, Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk, Nathan Trice’s Gold Dusk and Giani Di Marco’s Bella Folia. Before her college experience, Mindy performed professionally with Carolina Ballet Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Hernan Justo in Greenville, South Carolina. Mindy performed as a soloist in The Nutcracker as “Snow Queen,” The Sleeping Beauty as “Lilac Fairy,” Carmen Suite as “Fate,” La Bayadere, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Amaranth Seasons, Just About, and Dreams. Melinda was invited to perform as a guest artist several times for the Springfield Ballet Company in Illinois. In addition to her role as a company member, Mindy was an advanced teaching artist with the SmartARTS educational program established by the Metropolitan Arts Council, MAC, in Greenville, SC.

Mindy is currently teaching Ballet Technique 1, open to majors and non-majors, at The University of South Carolina Theatre and Dance Program. She is coming up on her fourth season as dance instructor and choreographer for the University of South Carolina Dance Conservatory under the direction of Professor Susan Anderson and Stacey Calvert. Mindy also has the pleasure of teaching dance and being a part of the wonderful community at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.


Kerri Lambert

Stephanie Wilkins

Adjunct Faculty
Contemporary Technique, Pilates,
Dance Appreciation
MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts




Stephanie Wilkins received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance & Choreography from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she had the amazing opportunity to dance for Bebe Miller and David Parsons.  She also worked for many other choreographers in NYC, including Sean Curran, Nina Winthrop, Aleta Hayes, Lisa Naugle and Barbara Bryan, as well as showing her own work.  She performed at venues all over the city, such as Joyce  Soho, Arts at University Settlement, Judson Church, St. Mark's Church, and Jacob's Pillow in MA.  She has taught, choreographed and performed extensively in New York, San Francisco, and Brazil at the Uai Q Danca Theatre in Uberlandia, Brazil.  She also received her Pilates certification in New York and returned to her hometown of Columbia, SC to open KayLynn Pilates with her mother, Vicki Beatty.  Stephanie has been on the adjunct dance faculty at Coker College and Columbia College, as well as a guest instructor at Princeton University.  She danced for seven years with The Power Company, a professional contemporary dance collective in Columbia, SC, but is now starting her own company.  She is currently an Adjunct Dance Professor at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches Contemporary Technique, Pilates, and Dance Appreciation.


Dr. Michael James

Dr. Michael James





Dr. Michael James has been a professional musician for over forty years. He studied piano and piano pedagogy with Ruth Slenczynska, Max Camp and David M. Ferguson. He performed as a soloist with the Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) orchestra and the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra (Belleville, IL) and taught piano and music theory in various colleges for thirteen years before beginning his doctoral program in piano pedagogy in 1986 at the University of South Carolina. Graduating with his D.M.A (1994), he went on to co-present at the 1998 and 1999 World Piano Pedagogy Conventions. Later these presentations became a two-part article, “Celebrating 100 Years of Piano Teaching in America,” published in American Music Teacher. Since 1993 James has focused on collaborating with dancers. In 2005 he performed the Gottschalk Grand Tarantella with the USC Orchestra, dancers Tom Gold (NYC Ballet soloist) and Sarah Coates. Currently, as the musician in the Dance Program at USC, he plays for classes, composes dance music, rehearses and performs with the dance company and teaches Music for Dancers. His other activities include playing for the Carolina Ballet and South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory at Columbia, SC, teaching piano and training dance accompanists. In the past, he has played for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Dance Department of Columbia College (SC), the SERBA Festival (Greenville, SC 1998) and the Corps de Ballet National Meeting (Columbia College 2003). His sensitivity to dance movement and ability to collaborate in the classroom and on stage has inspired dancers throughout South Carolina. In 2005 he produced a recording, “Music for Ballet Class” with Professor Patty Graham (Columbia College). In 2008 one of his compositions, “Meditation,” was choreographed by Stephanie Wilkins and is now a part of the repertoire of the Power Company, a modern dance company centered in South Carolina and lead by modern dancer, Martha Brim.