Summer Institute : Dance : Faculty


Courses in the Dance program are taught by an eclectic group of choreographers, performers and educators from across the globe, many of them on the UArts undergraduate faculty. Our outstanding instructors are made up of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of dancers.

Donna Faye Burchfield
The program is overseen by Donna Faye Burchfield, director of the University of the Arts School of Dance. Burchfield has a BFA and MFA in Dance from Texas Christian University and most recently served as dean of the American Dance Festival (ADF). She has also served as artistic director of the Hollins University/ADF Master of Fine Arts in Dance program and chair of the school's Dance department. Burchfield has worked with dancers and dance programs in many capacities, including developing curriculum that is at the forefront of modern dance. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting more than 150 colleges, universities, dance programs and dance companies, teaching master classes, auditioning students and giving lectures. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her choreographic work and research.


Coordinating the program since 2011, Ashley Anderson & Jen McGinn both hold B.A.’s from Hollins University and M.F.A.’s in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival program. They have each been guest artists at many universities and high schools. Jen presents her choreography on the East coast while Ashley presents her choreography in the Southwest. You can find more information about their work at and


Other members of the Pre-College Dance faculty and guest artists have included:



Lanette Costas began her training at The Bronx Dance Theatre.  She is a graduate of New York’s High School of the Performing Arts, received a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival.  Ms. Costas danced a featured role in Disney’s The Lion King (first National Tour).  Her professional concert dance credits include Ailey II, Donald Byrd/The Group, Elisa Monte Dance, Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and Earl Mosley's diversity of Dance.  Her regional credits include The Tin Pan Alley Rag for which she was the Dance Captain and If This Hat Could Talk where she was the choreographic assistant to Tony Award winner George Faison. Ms. Costas toured as a soloist with the Spiritual Singers of Harlem under the direction of Linda Twine and danced for the New Jersey Nets under the direction of Natasha Baron and choreographer Dominick DeFranco.  Her television credits include the music video “Off the Books” with Big Pun, the Beatnuts, and Cuban Link.  CBS’ Kennedy Center Honors where she performed for President Clinton in honor of Judith Jamison.  She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Joyce Trisler, Donald Byrd, Talley Beatty, Kevin Wynn, Ron K. Brown, George Faison, and Garth Fagan.  Ms. Costas has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America. She has taught in various New York City schools through City Center teach outreach program and as a representative of Ailey II and Elisa Monte has taught master classes in High Schools and Universities throughout the country.


Rochelle Haynes * is a native of Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA in modern dance from UArts. Rochelle traveled throughout the US as part of Tap Team Two and Company and has been teaching tap for over 21 years across the US as well as Prague and the Czech Republic. She is currently in her ninth year as the Guest Artist in Residence for Tap Ties at Moravian College and has been on faculty at UArts since 2005. She has been fortunate to perform with tap greats Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Nicole Hockenberry, Germaine Ingram and Dorothy Wasserman. In 2011 she had the wonderful opportunity to perform original choreography of Bill BoJangles Robinson and Charles “Honi” Coles of the Copasetics in New York at Symphony Space Theater.


Burr Johnson is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. He holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Burr works with choreographers John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Christopher Williams, and Shen Wei. He also performed in two reconstructions of Laura Dean’s dances: "Tympani" (1980/2008) and "Infinity" (1990/2009). In 2013, he premiered Christopher Williams' choreography in Peter Sellars' opera "The Indian Queen". His choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Emergency Glitter at Abron's Art Center, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts. He has taught dance classes as a guest at Henrico Center for the Arts, Parkland Magnet High School, The University of Utah, The American Dance Festival, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Salem College. In moments away from dance Burr enjoys gardening and cats.

Jungeun Kim * (aka j.e.) is a choreographer, dancer and media designer.  She holds a MFA in Dance from ADF/Hollins University and MALS in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University.  Her works has been shown in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Roanoke, Carlisle, Grimsby (UK), and Seoul (South Korea).  She has worked with artists such as Amanda K. Miller, Sarah Skaggs, Thomas F. DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE, Susan Rethorst, Helen Simoneau Danse and Jane Comfort & Co.  She has been a guest artist at Dickinson College, American Dance Festival, Hollins University, University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute, and The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea.  She was a nEW Festival Artist-in-residence for 2011-2012.  Currently she teaches at the University of the Arts.  J.e. hails from Seoul, South Korea.

Nicholas Leichter ** has taught throughout the United States and at festivals in Africa, Asia, Canada, and Eastern and Western Europe, and has been on faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival in Durham, New York, Russia, Korea and Shanghai. Leichter has created over 25 works for his own company, including Carmina Burana and Rite of Spring commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Recent commissions include The Barnard Project, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of The Arts, je danse donc je suis in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and The Chicago Dancing Festival. Leichter has been artist-in-residence and guest artist at many institutions including CSU Summer Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Hollins University, George Washington University, University of Houston, Muhlenberg College, and Idaho State University. Leichter received the 2006 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University. In 2008, he received a Choreographer Fellowship from NYFA and a National Performance Network/Network of Cultural Centers of Color Artist-of-Color Residency Award at Sacramento State. He received the 2009 Copperfoot Award for Choreography from Wayne State University. Leichter is the 2012 Young Arts Mentor in Choreography, a 2013 Young Arts Master Teacher, a 2012/13 Artist in Residence at Pentacle Danceworks inc. acting as choreography mentor for the senior class at Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, and the 13/14 Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Wayne State University.


Katie Swords * is a New York City based contemporary choreographer, dancer, and teacher.  A performer with, and co-founder of, VIA Dance Collaborative, she has also worked with choreographers Daniel Charon, Satoshi Haga, Elizabeth Sargent, Helen Simoneau, and Adrienne Westwood.  Her choreography has been shown at theatrical venues and universities in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and North Carolina; her work has also been presented abroad--in Mexico, Ireland, Austria, and France.  Images of Swords made by the noted dance photographer Lois Greenfield were featured in Shutterbug magazine.  Swords received her B.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and her M.F.A. from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival.  She has taught modern dance technique at institutions in Los Angeles, North Carolina, New York City, and--since 2011--at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


*current uarts faculty
**recent guest to uarts school of dance

List of faculty is subject to change each summer