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Student Fellows

Each spring, the dance department faculty and students elect two rising seniors and two rising juniors from among all majors and minors to serve as Department Fellows for the following academic year. This honor is bestowed on students and brings with it several responsibilities. The faculty depends on these four students to act as "hosts" or special contacts when we have guest artists, to participate in the selection of incoming faculty, and to bring student desires and issues to the table. Junior Fellows also take on the (fun) task of organizing and executing the Senior Banquet.

Additionally, other responsibilities are assigned according to the interests and talents of the students elected. These students are also listed as "tutors," a list the Dean of Students puts together for additional help with coursework. We are very proud of these students. They have a variety of backgrounds and exhibit very different interests in and commitments to dance. They can help you understand that a wide range of involvement is welcomed here. Please feel free to contact any of these students with questions about coming to Denison.

Diana Argueta '13 - Senior Fellow

Dance and Environmental Studies Double Major
Chicago, IL

Diana Argueta '13 - Senior FellowI am a Dance and Environmental Studies double major and a Spanish minor from Chicago, IL. I have danced ever since I can remember and it all started with my family, who love to dance and have always encouraged me to dance at parties. As a child, I listened and danced to Latino music like Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, Punta, and Cumbia. At Denison, the first dance course I took was Burmese dance, which made me want to learn more, and I soon realized that dance was something that I always want to do. It was at the 2011 LeaderShape Institute at Denison that I was in inspired to major in dance when guest speaker Gregg Levoy said, "follow your passion and wealth will follow." It had never occurred to me to major in dance because I was never exposed to the profession.

Denison opened my eyes to a new world. In the past three years I have taken courses like Somatics, which helped me understand how my own body works and why, and African/Diasporan II and Movement Analysis, which broadened my movement vocabulary. The faculty is amazing and I have had the honor to take many courses with excellent professors. Two professors who inspired me to become a dancer and to not be afraid to learn are Gill Miller and Stafford Berry, Jr. They support my decision to double major in a combination that has never before been done. Also, last year I had the privilege to be a part of two performances Spiritual Rites choreographed by Stafford Berry, Jr. and The Vivian Girls choreographed by Sandra Mathern-Smith. 

Last summer I was fortunate to intern with CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater, dance company in Los Angeles, CA. Being a part of their two-week intensive dance program helped me realize that dance can not only be a career but a lifestyle. With that said I look forward to being a Senior Fellow and working with the Dance Department one last time.

Concentrations

  • African/Diasporan II
  • Modern/Postmodern II
  • Somatics
  • Movement Analysis
  • Choreogrpahic Investigations
  • Performance

  

Tyler O'dneal '13 - Senior Fellow

Dance and Biology Double Major
Nashville, TN

“Success is the best revenge” 
- © Kanye West

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

- © Albert Einstein

Tyler O'dneal '13 - Senior FellowBoth of these quotes define me just like sugar in tea. It just makes sense. Dance has been with me for the majority of my life. The types of dancing that I fancy most include anything that allows me to express my personality and the scattered thoughts that roam through my brain. Growing up, dancing was pretty standard: take this class, do this turn, point that foot, slide this way, and then perform it. As I got older I began to take more classes, and meet new teachers and I found that dance could tell a larger story than “Ooo look what I can do!” So I began experimenting with fellow dancers, creating tap and jazz pieces, even taught a few classes. Every time I dance I discover something new to do with my body or some way to please the audience, I realized it was more fun to base dance off of characters and imagination. Dancing at Denison has allowed me to express myself more than ever, by taking technique classes, theory classes, and being in department concerts I have explored my options on other ways to entertain on stage. The people that influence me the most are past dance teachers, friends, definitely my family, and all faculty and guest artists here at Denison. I am the type of person that jumps into almost everything head first using mostly instinct. So I am excited to finish my senior year not only creating my own works for my Senior Research, but also make a long lasting imprint as a being a Senior Dance Fellow.

Concentrations

  • Choreographic Investigations
  • Movement Analysis
  • Somatics
  • African/Diasporan I, II
  • Modern/Postmodern II
Ana Morales '14 - Junior Fellow

Political Science and Spanish Double Major, Dance Minor
Lawrence, MA 

Ana Morales '14 - Junior FellowI am a Political Science and Spanish Double Major with a Minor in Dance from the vibrant city of Lawrence, MA. I am a first generation immigrant born in the beautiful island nation of the Dominican Republic, where I learned the rhythms and flavors of Latin dances like Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. I started learning these traditional dances with the best possible dance partner (my dad) at the age of three. He taught me how to express myself through dance, which is now an integral part of my life and culture.

Throughout elementary and high school, I took classes in a number of disciplines like ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and lyrical. When I started college I did not think that I would major in dance, yet I knew that I needed it in my life. When I realized that I would end up dancing every semester here, I decided to become a dance minor. My experience in the Denison Dance Department has broadened my knowledge both physically and academically. As a dance minor, I have been able to view life through a lens of both scholar and creative dancer. My life is a dance. I am humbled and grateful to be a dance fellow in Denison University’s Dance Department this year.

Concentrations

  • Contemporary Dance II, III
  • World Dance I: Contemporary African
  • Seminar in Production
  • Site Based Composition
Julia Neuman '14 - Junior Fellow

Dance and International Studies Double Major
Minnetonka, MN

Julia Neuman '14 - Junior FellowAs with most young children, my parents placed me in many different sports and activities when I was young. I knew I was destined for a life in dance when I quit gymnastics, soccer, ice-skating, T-ball, and even screamed at my piano teacher to be able to dance more often. While not able to concentrate on much else, I was always focused in my dance classes, and developed a love for ballet at an early age. I kept that love throughout the hours every day I spent at my small studio in Minnesota, and was in for a shock when I realized that Denison didn’t offer ballet every

semester. I welcomed the new experiences, having been exposed to modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, musical theatre, African, and folk dances before college. While at Denison, I have been lucky enough to dance in pieces with guest artists Julie Fox, Jimmy Orrante, Olivier Tarpaga, and

Jesse Zaritt; take many dance technique and theory classes; perform and compete with the Denison Dance Team; and establish Ballet Club. I am honored to be named a Junior Dance Fellow, and look forward to working with the students and faculty here in the fall semester, and

researching dance within the community in Amman, Jordan during the spring semester.

Concentrations

  • Modern/Postmodern I, II, III
  • African/Diasporan II
  • Somatics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Choreographic Investigations