ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM Guest Artists are an important part of dance education at Mt. Hebron High School. Working with professional artists gives students the opportunity to explore various perspectives on dance, learn unique styles of dance and elevate technical and creative performances through a professional experience. Booking artists to work with Mt. Hebron Dance students allows more students to have these experiences and in their own studio. Dance artists have taught master classes, workshops and set pieces on both Jr. Company and Dance Company. Guest artists include Marcus Henson (NYC), Tracie Burton-Hooper (LA), Nate Hunt(NYC), Debra Lazo (MD), Suzanne Miller (JMU), Rommel Pacson (LV), Ken Skrzesz (MSAC) and Josh Ulep (HI). This year returning artists, Tracie Burton, Nate Hunt and Rommel Pacson taught master classes and choreography. Each artist is unique and offers a great deal of insight to dance as well as life lessons.
Tracie Burton-Hooper started dancing at the tender age of 5 in Baltimore, Maryland. She danced in musicals at the Arena Players, a historical black theater, and also performed throughout the community. After receiving her BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University, she began teaching dance and joined two local dance companies, The Moving Company and the Dina Reyes Jazz Dance Company. She moved to LA 17 years ago to pursue her dream as a dancer, and since then she has worked with Beyonce, Tyresse, P-Diddy, and Snoop Dog, to name a few. She also toured with Smokey Robinson and worked for a casting agency in California. Tracie would like to thank the Mount Hebron Dance Company for always having a wonderful experience.
Nathaniel Hunt (Glen Burnie, MD) began his dance training at Design In Motion Dance Studio in Gambrills, MD under the guidance of Colette Cross. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn under the direction of Dana Hash-Campbell. He studied as a scholarship student at the Ailey School, Earl Mosley’s Institute for the Arts, and the Joffrey Ballet School. He also attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Cedar Lake’s 360˚ program. Mr. Hunt is a recipient of a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts award, the Alvin Ailey Scholarship Award, and the Award for Excellence in the Arts Program from the National Society of Arts and Letters (in association with The Kennedy Center). As a choreographer, Mr. Hunt's choreography was selected for the Maryland State Dance Showcase and the Pushing Progress Showcase Series. His choreography was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. at the National College Dance Festival in 2012. Mr. Hunt has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, and Alvin Ailey. Mr. Hunt has helped in setting choreography on the students of the Ailey School as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has taught and choreographed at numerous dance centers including dance studios, high schools, and collegiate institutions within the United States. Mr. Hunt was a company member with Ailey II and Ballet Hispanico in New York City. He is currently an adjunct professor at Long Island University.
Rommel Pacson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from Towson University, MD. He began his dance career performing at King’s Dominion in Richmond, VA and King’s Island in Cincinnati, OH. He danced at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center as a World Dancer and as Kid of the Kingdom at the Magic Kingdom. Rommel toured Japan as a dancer with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago, and was a Principal Dancer with River North Dance Company. He opened Disney’s California Adventure as a dance/stuntman and danced in the 2001 Grammy Awards with Madonna. In NYC, he dance and toured with Chen and Dancers and appeared in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of “The King and I.” Rommel has also performed with Princess & Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, danced with the Charleston Ballet and the Metropolitan Ballet in DC. In Las Vegas he worked with Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace and taught at the Nevada Ballet Academy. His choreography was featured in Cirque du Soleil and he was also a dance coach for “LOVE” at the Mirage.