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Jazz Master Class

Darwin Prioleau, an expert in vernacular jazz dance, will teach two master classes for the Dance Department on Friday, Nov. 2 in the Winn-Seeley Dance Theater.

Prioleau, respected as a master jazz educator, will teach this dance style from an historical and cultural perspective.

Intermediate Jazz will be from 10:10 to 11:40 a.m., followed by the Beginning Jazz Class from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. All students are invited, but space is limited and reservations are required by e-mailing msmith@hws.edu.

Prioleau is chair and professor of dance at SUNY College at Brockport. Her professional training credits include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre as a merit scholar and apprentice, and the International Center de Danse in Cannes, France, as a merit scholar.

Her professional career spans more than 10 years in New York City with various dance companies, including as a soloist with the Nat Horne Company, Contemporary Dance Spectrum, and the Ed Kresley Dance Company. She was a featured dancer in several off-Broadway musicals, and has worked intensively with Alvin Ailey, Matt Mattox and Jimmy Truitte.

Prioleau has been a freelance modern and jazz dance choreographer and master teacher in Ohio, Massachusetts and New York, as well as in Europe. Her areas of expertise include jazz, modern dance pedagogy and choreography. She is actively involved in arts education advocacy and has published articles in Journal of Dance Education and Arts Education Policy Review, and has presented papers on “Leadership of the Arts in Higher Education” at various national conferences. She has served on the board of trustees of the National Dance Education Organization, the Northeast Ohio Dance Company, American Dance Guild and Ohio Dance.

Funding for her visit was provided by the HWS Office of the Provost.