Guest Artists

The mission of the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography presenting program is to support the creation of innovative work, stretch the potential of the art form and develop new audiences for dance while extending ideas about what dance can be. The program is committed to providing VCU and the Richmond community with opportunities to experience a broad range of the diverse aesthetics of contemporary dance while providing insight into its history and development.

While in residence with VCUarts Dance, guest artists have made significant contributions to the development of the Richmond dance community, student performance skills and new dance works. Most guest artists have taught a repertory class in residence, as well as worked intensively with the students on performance elements and in the community performing outreach activities. VCUarts Dance is committed to building new audiences while enlightening the current dance audience in the university and Richmond communities.

For 2019-2020, a research residency with Paloma McGregor and choreographic residency with Christopher K. Morgan are made possible in part by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Guest Artists By Year


Ananya Dance Theatre, performance residency October 22-27, 2018
Gregory Maqoma, choreographic residency October 1-12, 2018
Paloma McGregor, Fellow, Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center


Helen Simoneau/Helen Simoneau Danse


Ballet Hispanico
Rick McCullough


Company Stephanie Batten Bland
Urban Bush Women/Jawole Willa Jo Zollar


Edgeworks Dance Theater
Antares Danza Contemporanea
Gerri Houlihan
Monica Bill Barnes & Company