Lowe studied dance in New York City at the School of American
Ballet, with master teachers Stanley Williams and Alexandra
Danilova, most notably. She continued her training in New
York, earning a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre
School, where she apprenticed under the direction of Leon
Danielian and Patricia Wilde.
Lowe has performed soloist and principal roles with Pittsburgh
Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
She has danced over 100 works from established classical
ballet repertoire, as well as, neoclassical and modern
has worked with a wide range of prolific choreographers,
including Rudi Van Dantzig, Frederic Franklin, Mark Morris,
Martine van Hammel, James Clouser, Ruth Page, Ben Stevenson
and Douglas Nielsen. Ms. Lowe has performed and presented
her choreography in Taiwan, Amsterdam and Edinborough.
Ms. Lowe holds the position of Full Professor at the University
of Arizona. In 2002, Ms. Lowe produced her fourth dance
instructional video. All four videos are marketed internationally
under the KULTUR label. Her video entitled Creative
Movement for Children: A Step Towards Intelligence
has resulted in international invitations to conduct workshops
for teachers in early movement education; the most recent
of which was at the JADE (Japan Asia Dance Event) Conference
in Tokyo, Japan. The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing
Arts recently invited Ms. Lowe, to serve as an evaluator
of their programs' curriculum.
has choreographed for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River
North Chicago Dance Company, (his work was featured on
both companies '99 television special's), the Civic Ballet
of Chicago, Ballet Met, Louisville Ballet, and Chicago
Shakespeare Repertory. He has also choreographed for Configurations
Dance Company which features ballet stars from Birmingham
Royal Ballet to Dance Theater of Harlem and ABT. He was
recently commissioned to choreograph a solo for an artist
at the International Ballet Competition.
choreographed the 35th Anniversary Tour of American Bandstand
and choreographed and directed the Australian Tour of More
Dirty Dancing. His work was seen at the '92 Barcelona Olympics'
Closing Ceremonies, Carnegie Hall's Celebration of 125
Years of Musical Theater, and he staged the Collection
Rouge, (featuring fashions by forty of the world's top
designers), for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting
was the Associate Choreographer of Hot Mikado on London's
West End and choreographed for the CBS show Early Edition.
Harrison is the recipient of the Ruth Page and After Dark
Awards for choreography as well as receiving the Inaugural
Prince Prize along with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He
was sought by Chicago Cultural Commissioner Lois Weisberg
to create the first ever dance for a city and for the New
Millennium, the Milly. He was also asked to create dances
specifically for the 10th Anniversary of Chicago’s
annual Dance for Life and the 97th Birthday
Celebration of noted dance critic and historian Ann Barzel.
Harrison has worked on the Sam Mendes film Road to Perdition
as well as Mark Medoff's Children On Their Birthdays.
is the Creative Director for Chicago's Concentrix Corp.,
an opportunity that has lead to conceiving and directing
shows for the largest cruise ships in the world, for Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Alafiju Morgan, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, received his
early theater and dance training at the Karamu House Theater
and is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
two years of graduate work in dance at Bennington College,
he made his professional debut with the José Limon
Dance company. With his own New York company, he toured
West and East Africa performing and conducting research
in African music and dance.
began the second phase of his career in Brazil where he
held the position of choreographer and artistic director
of the Grupo de Dança Contemporanea da Universidade
Federal Da Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He then taught
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University
of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Fulbright Professorship allowed Morgan to continue international
teaching and performing in Haiti, Brazil, and West Africa
from 1984-1986. He now holds the
position of associate professor of Dance and serves as the
artistic director of Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble
at SUNY College at Brockport.
C. S'thembile West
C. S'thembile West is an interdisciplinary educator,
and cultural critic. She was born and raised in Harlem,
New York, and danced professionally in New York City
Chuck Davis, Dianne McIntyre, and Crowsfeet Dance Collective,
prior to earning a Ph.D. in African American Studies
Temple University in 1994. A
former Fulbright scholar to the Southern African region,
S'thembile has written arts criticism for The Philadelphia
Inquirer, and The Philadelphia Weekly, as well as served
on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, while living in
PA from 1991 to 1999. She speaks nationally to diverse
about African and African American aesthetics, women in
social protest movements and womanism.
a member of the Humanities Resource Team of the American
Dance Festival, Dr. West was a part of the special project,"The
Black Tradition in American Modern Dance" [1988-1996],
which sought to educate national audiences about the contributions
of African Americans to the shaping of U.S. arts and culture.
curated the modern dance section, entitled "African
American Concert Dance" in the national exhibition,
"When the Spirit Moves:The Africanization of American
Movement," which opened in 1999 at the National Afro-American
Museum and Cultural Center and closed at the Smithsonian
Institute, Washington, D.C., July 2001.
Certificates of Appreciation from the National Afro-American
Museum and Cultural Center, Temple University's Upward Bound
Program, and the St. Louis Public Schools Role Model Experiences
program, as well as a CUNY Faculty Recognition Award, a
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, and a funded residency at the
Writers Room in New York City, are among Dr. West's numerous
awards and citations.