WCI Think Tank
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Participating Artists
Edward Villella
David Dorfman, Sarah Frank, Lori Klinger
Karein Plantadit, Claire Porter, Jock Soto, Lynne Taylor-Corbett
David Vaughan, Linda Villella, Carol Walker

World Choreography Institute, a new organization directed by Wendy Taucher, is holding its Inaugural Year Think Tank on Martha's Vineyard, at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts from May 23 to May 28, 2013.  World Choreography Institute is dedicated to 'advocacy and education for the art of choreography'.  The vision of this unique organization is deliberately cross-genre, dealing with choreographic principals and challenges that are common to all live dance vocabularies, from ballet to modern to Broadway and beyond. 


The theme for the inaugural year is 'defining choreography'.  Seeking to propel thoughtful, creative dialogue and action which advances creativity in the field, WCI is creating workshops, seminars and lecture demonstrations geared to three groups: professionals in the dance world, students and the general public.  The design of these activities will be based on the thinking and input of the Inaugural Year Think Tank participants.


Watch for our first annual
Choreography Folio
in early 2014, with on-line and print versions created under the umbrella of Arts & Ideas, Patrick Phillips publisher


Island artists, visitors & curious enthusiasts are invited to participate in our 
Public Forum Choreography Think Tank 
Monday May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free 
RSVP required at worldchoreographyinstitute@gmail.com or 646 872 7249

About the Artists

Edward Villella head shot
Edward Villella 

is recognized as the greatest male ballet dancer ever produced in America.  In 1957 he was invited to join George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, where he was quickly promoted to principal dancer.  Mr. Villella was the original male lead in many important ballets in the New York City Ballet repertoire, among them the "Rubies" section of
Jewels, Dances at a Gathering and A Midsummer's Night's Dream.  Perhaps his most famous role was in the 1960 revival of Balanchine's 1929 masterpiece,
Prodigal Son.  Mr. Villella was the first American male dancer to perform with the Royal Danish Ballet, and the only American ever to be asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.  Also in 1997, in recognition of his achievements, President Clinton presented Mr. Villella with the 1997 National Medal of Arts.  He received the Kennedy Center Honor and was inducted in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.  In 2000 the Library of Congress noted Mr. Villella as one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures and in 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  Since 1985, Mr. Villella had focused his talent, intelligence and energy on creating a world-famous ballet company, the Miami City Ballet.  Under his direction, the company achieved sustained artistic brilliance and world acclaim.  Mr. Villella has recently returned to his home town of New York City.
David Dorfman performance
David Dorfman
is Artistic Director of David Dorfman Dance.  A native Chicagoan, he is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the BAM Next Wave Festival to The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe.  An avid fan of collaboration and collective processes, Dorfman is pleased to tour an evening of solos and duets Live Sax Acts with dear friend and collaborator Dan Froot (UCLA faculty), most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.   Dorfman has an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College, where he joined the faculty in 2004 and is currently Professor of Dance and Department Chair.


Sarah Frank

is a media consultant who advises clients on maximizing global opportunities from their intellectual property. She also executive produces television and radio programming.  Previously she served as President & CEO of BBC Worldwide Americas, the BBC's commercial subsidiary in North and South America, where she spearheaded the company's aggressive growth from a small sales office into a diversified media organization.  She chairs the Board of New York Theatre Ballet, serves on the board of The Foundation of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Artists, and of the New York Women's Forum. 


Lori Klinger 
co-founded Rosie's Theater Kids in 2003, an organization that brings the arts to New York City's neediest public school children.  Before founding RTKids, Ms. Klinger was Artistic Associate for Jacques d'Amboise at his National Dance Institute.  During her fifteen-year tenure there, she developed dance curriculums for special needs students, including blind and visually impaired students, and physically challenged and wheel-chair bound students.  She was founding artistic advisor to Richmond Ballet's outreach program "Minds In Motion", and also the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet's  "Reach Out And Dance" (ROAD) program.  Ms. Klinger still advises both of those flourishing programs.  Ms. Klinger has been on the faculty of many NYC dance studios and ahs been a guest teacher at schools around the world.  Prior to her work in education, Ms. Klinger was a ballet dancer with the Eglevsky Ballet.  She graduated North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in dance.


 Karine Plantadit head shot
Karine Plantadit
who last played Kate on Broadway in Come Fly Away was raised in Cameroon and received her ballet training in West Africa. As a teenager, she studied at the Rosella Hightower Dance Center in the south of France. At 16, Karine saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform in Paris and the experience set the course for her professional life. After receiving a scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Center in NYC, Karine danced as a soloist with the Ailey company for seven years.  Other Broadway shows: Movin' Out (Brenda/Jessica); The Lion King (The Cheetah/Lioness); Saturday Night Fever (Shirley
Charles). Television: Sex and the City, Starved, guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, SMASH. Film: Frida (Josephine Baker), Stay, Chicago, and Julie Taymor's Across the Universe and the upcoming Feature film Black Nativity. Commercials: EBay, American Express, Visa, Subway, LensCrafters, McDonalds. Concert/Cabaret: La Voix (one-woman show based on J. Cocteau's " La Voix Humaine"  directed by John Selya); cabaret act portraying Josephine Baker in The Museum of the City of NY; Carnegie Hall tribute to Frank Sinatra. Karine received a TONY Award, Astaire Award and Drama League Award nominations for her role in Come Fly Away. Karine will be starring in the upcoming Broadway Production of the Cotton Club Parade.

Claire Porter Claire Porter chair

is a winner of a 2013 Guggenheim award.  A choreographer/writer/performer known for her smart comedic work mixing language and movement, she has had her work performed in Germany, Scotland, Holland, Latvia, Korea and India and in the US at The Joyce Theater, Town Hall, NY Horticulture Society, American Dance Festival, Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and The Kennedy Center with the American College Dance Festival. Porter has received National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Choreography Fellowships.  Ms. Porter has received many university commissions for her work. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics, and is a Laban Movement Analyst.  Ms. Porter has been a Resident Artist at The Baryshnikov Art Center and has received several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, a Live Music for Dance Award and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop's First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters and Meet The Composer.


Jock Soto
was a long-time principal dancer at New York City Ballet, where he danced featured roles in over forty ballets, of which more than 35 were created for him.  He joined New York City Ballet in 1981 and made his debut as Luke in The Magic Flute choreographed by Peter Martins.  Soto danced the role of a parent in the 1993 film version of The Nutcracker, a version based on the New York City Ballet production choreographed by George Balanchine.  He gave his farewell performance on Sunday, 19 June 2005. The program featured ballets by five different choreographers: "Dance at the Gym" from Jerome Robbin's West Side Story Suite, Peter Martin's Barber Violin Concerto, Christopher Wheeldon's Liturgy, Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Chiaroscuro, and the Royal Navy section of Balanchine's Union Jack.  Mr. Soto has been a permanent member of the faculty at SAB since 1996, where he teaches partnering and technique classes.
Lynne Taylor-Corbett rehearsing
Lynne Taylor-Corbett
received Tony Nominations for best director and best choreographer of Broadway's "Swing!".  She received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for both "Wanda's World" and "My Vaudeville Man" Off Broadway. Her adaptation of "The Lion King" is in its seventh year at Disney's park in Hong Kong and her production of "Cougar the Musical" is currently playing Off Broadway.  Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed 
works for American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, among others. Her works have been featured on "Live from Lincoln Center" and National Public Television.  Feature films include "Footloose", "My Blue Heaven" and "Bewitched".  In 2011, she created a production of Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins" for New York City Ballet, with Patti LuPone in the Lotte Lenya role.  In February she directed a reading of "Distant Thunder", a musical set on the Blackfeet Rez in contemporary times.  Co-written with Native American son, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, it is currently being developed by Amas Musical Theatre in New York.  She co-wrote and directed Good Housekeeping's benefit for the National Women's History Museum featuring Meryl Streep.
David Vaughan head shot
David Vaughan

has danced, sung, acted, and choreographed in London, Paris, on and off Broadway, in American regional theaters, in film, television, ballet and modern dance companies, and cabaret. He was the archivist of the Cunningham Dance Foundation.  He is the author of Frederick Ashton and his Ballets (revised edition, Dance Books, 1999) and of Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years (Aperture, 1997), now available in an updated version as an app for iPad. At the Dancing in the Millennium Conference in Washington DC in July 2000, he received the 2000 CORD (Congress on Research in Dance) Award for Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research, and in September 2001 he received a New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for sustained achievement and was the Senior Critic Honoree, Dance Critics Association, New York 2007.

Linda Villella head shot
Linda Villella
was the founder and executive director of the Miami City Ballet School.  She started with thirty of her daughters friends and grew it to an internationally acclaimed ballet school of four hundred students from Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.  The summer intensive program was considered to be one of the top summer programs in the country.  Students from the school went on to dance at the Miami City Ballet as well as many professional companies around the world.  Linda was the Canadian National Figure Skating Champion, a member of the World and Olympic figure skating teams in Canada, the star of Ice Capades and did many television shows and commercials.  She met Edward while helping him Choreograph a television special for Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill.


Carol Walker head shot
Carol Walker

is Dean Emeritus, Purchase College School of the Arts.  As Dean of the School of the Arts, 2002 - 2005, and Dean of Dance, 1984 - 2007, at Purchase College, State University of New York, Carol K. Walker has had a distinguished international career.  Her work has carried her around Europe and Asia as artistic director of the renowned Purchase Dance Corps, as an adjudicator of programs worldwide, as a curriculum and program evaluator, a keynote speaker,  a member  on national and international validation teams, and through establishing student exchange and degree completion programs.  From 2007 to 2012 she was Professor of Dance, Coordinator of the faculty in the MFA Degree program, international consultant and active in donor relations for the Conservatory of Dance.  In March 2013 she was Professor-in-Residence at the Beijing Dance Academy for two weeks where she taught Improvisation, gave six presentations on American Modern and Contemporary Dance and four presentations and dialogues with the BDA faculty and administration.


Wendy Taucher

director of World Choreography Institute, has created popular choreography lecture demos including The Othello Project with Carla Maxwell for the Jose Limon Dance Company. She regularly gives choreography workshops for dance organizations, including the dancers of Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Paul Taylor 2, and London's BalletBoyz. She has directed and/or choreographed over fifty concert dance, opera and theater works which have been seen at theaters across the U.S. and Europe.  Ms. Taucher is an author with numerous books, kids' plays, and DVDs published by Person Education and was a long-time teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute. She has received grants from the NEA and the arts councils of Illinois, New Jersey and North Carolina.  Ms. Taucher recently co-produced Asking For It by Joanna Rush at the Cherry Lane Theater and was project co-ordinator/associate to the director for the new Native American musical Distant Thunder at AMAS Musical Theater, both in Greenwich Village, with Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Last year, her production company, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, produced Andre de Sheild's Black by Popular Demand and is now company in residence at the Laurie Beechman in Times Square and at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard.


Island artists, visitors & curious enthusiasts are invited to participate in our 
Public Forum Choreography Think Tank 
Monday May 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free 
RSVP required at worldchoreographyinstitute@gmail.com or 646 872 7249

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