Elaine Heekin has performed, choreographed and taught contemporary dance throughout the United States. Her works have been set at numerous colleges in addition to being selected for various prestigious festivals in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Heekin has published several articles addressing the effects of Bartenieff Fundamentals (body therapy) on older adults and is also a certified instructor in Pilates. She earned a master's degree in dance choreography from the University of California at Los Angeles and received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the University of Seattle.
Bruce Walczyk has developed a unique approach that conbines traditional martial art and performance forms and brings them into a contemporary context. This work has been presented throughout the U.S., Paris and Southeast Asia. He continues to create choreographic work blending these ideas with his current research in the martial and healing arts of Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Walczyk is making an informational and instructional video that illustrates some of these approaches. He will return to Southeast Asia to continue his research. Wakczyk earned a master’s degree in choreography from the Univeristy of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in dance from the State University of New York at Brockport.
Richard Lloyd ’73 is a composer and performer, currently working as a lecturer, accompanist, composer and advisor in the Dance Department at Hamilton College, as well as minister of music at St. James Episcopal Church in Clinton. Lloyd has worked as a teaching artist and performing artist in the Central New York Arts in Education Institute. Among the grants he has received are three from Meet the Composer for dance-music collaborations and performance art. Lloyd has created three solo performance art pieces, Dick Does Poetry, What’s In the Refrigerator? and Distractions.
Paris began his ballet training at age 6. Matriculating at Hamilton College in the fall of 1991, Paris worked extensively with the Dance Department, performing classical and original works by Leslie Norton, Elaine Heekin, and Bruce Walczyk. Hes earned a double concentration in the classics and dance. He accepted a trainee position at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, then spent a year with Orlando Ballet and joined Kansas City Ballet, where he danced principal roles throughout his 11-year tenure. He served as the education and public relations coordinator for Ballet Arizona until 2010. Paris appears as a guest artist and teaches classes throughout the country.