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NFAA National Panel - Dance 2004
Melissa Lowe
Melissa 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.

Ms. 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 choreographies.

She 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.

Presently, 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.


Harrison McEldowney

Harrison 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.

He 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 AIDS.

He 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.

Harrison 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.


Clyde Morgan

Clyde 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.

After 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.

He 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.

A 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.


Dr. C. S'thembile West

Dr. C. S'thembile West is an interdisciplinary educator, researcher and cultural critic. She was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and danced professionally in New York City with Chuck Davis, Dianne McIntyre, and Crowsfeet Dance Collective, prior to earning a Ph.D. in African American Studies at 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 groups about African and African American aesthetics, women in social protest movements and womanism.

As 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. She 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.