An inspiring mentorship program created and directed by Mary Anne Fernandez Herding connects young artists with working dance professionals. guiDANCE offers a unique opportunity for dance students (high school age juniors and seniors) that are considering a career in dance to connect with a dance mentor. Students can ask questions one–on-one with a professional dancer, experience a master class with the mentor, attend a performance when available and build a relationship in the dance community.
If you are a student interested in applying for the guiDANCE mentorship program, please fill out the application by clicking the link below, or download here and submit, along with a recommendation letter from your dance teacher.
We are excited to announce our first mentorship opportunity for the 2019-2020 season! We are now accepting applications for our mentorship with dancer/choreographer Jessica Starr, creative director of MusEffect, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising social awareness through performance art.
All interested applicants please submit your application along with the teacher recommendation form by September 1, 2019. This experience includes a one on one meeting with the artist and master class. If selected, you must be available on Monday, September 9th 5:30-7:30 for class and meeting with our mentor.
Meet our Mentors
Jordan Kriston danced with the Pilobolus Dance Theater as a full-time member from 2010-2016. She is now an independent teaching and performing artist in constant pursuit of growth and creativity.
Kyle Abraham is the founder and artistic director of NY-based dance company Abraham.In.Motion.
Fernando Sáez is co-founder and executive director of the Malpaso Dance Company, a Cuban contemporary dance company in Havana, Cuba.
Kathryn Alter danced with the Limón dance company for 15 years. She is now an independent teaching artist and director of Kathryn Alter and Dancers in NYC.
The 16-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word.
Tamara Williams currently is an assistant professor of dance at UNC Charlotte and director of Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, Inc., a contemporary arts organization dedicated to performing, researching, documenting, cultivating, and producing arts of the African Diaspora.
Jessica Starr of Los Angeles, CA is the founder and director of MusEffect, a non-profit organization committed to fostering a constructive dialogue on social issues through performance art, while enriching and empowering audiences of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
guiDANCE is a program through Movement Source Dance Company, a 501c3 arts organization, directed by MaryAnne Herding.
The program works in collaboration with the Gammage Beyond program, and is sponsored in part by AZDEO.