Special Guests

Lynn Garafola is a distinguished dance historian, critic and author who has conducted extensive research on the Diaghilev Ballets Russes and the company’s impact on dance, choreography, music, and the visual arts. In 2009 Dr. Garafola was the curator of “Diaghilev’s Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath,” presented at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Lynn Garafola’s webpage at Barnard.
Kevin Gopie has a long history in Hip Hop. He began as a first generation dancer in the UK — popping, breaking and locking back in 1982 — and then started scratch DJing and producing in 1987. A veteran of over 25 years of involvement in hip hop music and dance, he is known and respected as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and DJ. He is the founder and coach of the UK national breaking champions, Soul Mavericks, and he currently is a Visiting Lecturer in Dance, Institute for Performing Arts Development, University of East London, UK. An excerpt of Gopie’s Rite of Spring on YouTube.
Gregory Ristow is an Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities, DePauw University School of Music, Greencastle, Indiana. Dr. Ristow is in demand as a teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Since 2004, he has frequently directed the Eastman Summer Dalcroze Institute, an intensive one-week program for teachers looking to incorporate Dalcroze Eurhythmics techniques in their teaching. Gregory Ristow’s webpage at DePauw