Meet the Choreographers

Larry Keigwin, Guest Choreographer, "Air"
LARRY KEIGWIN (Artistic Director) is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals throughout New York City and across the country. KEIGWIN + COMPANY, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2013, presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance on a myriad of stages including, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, among others. Since his company’s premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created dozens of dances for himself and his dancers, as well as for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for the 2011 production of the musical “Tales of the City” at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the new production of “Rent,” for which he received the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Keigwin is currently choreographing the Broadway-bound musical “If/Then,” starring Idina Menzel.
Keigwin has designed and choreographed special events including “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show” in New York, which was produced by Vogue magazine and featured more than 150 of the industry’s top models. Keigwin also has mounted several versions of Bolero, his acclaimed large-scale community project that has been commissioned by communities across the country. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps” and Julie Taymor’s “The Magic Flute,” in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in “Dream Analysis”), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve.  He appeared in the Broadway show “Dance of the Vampires”, the Off-Broadway show “The Wild Party” and the Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated film “Across the Universe.”  He is a co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to young, emerging choreographers. Keigwin is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Jaclyn Walsh, "Air" Rehearsal Director
JACLYN WALSH (Dancer) trained at the Walnut Hill School under the direction of Michael Owen. Jaclyn graduated with a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received the Tisch Achievement Scholarship in Dance. She presented her own choreography at SummerStage Main Stage in Central Park and at Dancers Responding to AIDS’s Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Theater in New York City, where she received The Choreography Award in 2012 and 2013. Jaclyn recently choreographed and performed in Vienna Teng’s music video “Level Up.” Jaclyn joined KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2011. She’s thrilled to celebrate K+C’s 10th Anniversary.

Joan Karlen

Joan Karlen is Professor of Theatre & Dance and Dance Program Coordinator at University of Wisconsin-Stevens-Point where she teaches interdisciplinary studies, camera dance and digital editing, dance composition and technique. She earned dance degrees from The Juilliard School and New York University, and participated in additional multimedia and telematics training at The Ohio State University, New York University, and Arizona State University. Joan’s choreography was awarded a Wisconsin Arts Board Choreography Fellowship; her teaching has been recognized with the student-nominated University Leadership Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Teaching Excellence Award (twice), the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award, and the UW-System Teaching Scholar Award.
As a choreographer and media artist Joan’s current focus is on interaction design collaboration for iOS, urban installations and live performance contexts. During fall 2012 she was a Film and Media Artist In Residence at The Banff Centre where she presented her interaction design installation research as faculty at The IDEA Summit 2012. She has presented her video and computer-generated dances throughout the United States, most recently at the October 2013 Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, and in Portugal, Germany, the UK, and Argentina. As a performer Joan originated roles with New York-based companies, throughout the US and in Argentina. 
She has been active with the Dance Films Association Dance on Camera Festival (Lincoln Center, NYC) as a selection jury member, forum panelist and workshop presenter, and is a national panelist on Designing Dance Video Courses and Multidisciplinary/Multimedia Issues and Projects.
Michael Estanich

Michael joined the dance faculty at UWSP in 2006.  He teaches modern dance, composition, dance pedagogy, movement analysis and dance history. He earned his MFA from The Ohio State University and his BFA from Denison University. His creative research currently examines ideas of space, architecture, landscape and habitation often resulting in dances supported by sculptural environments. He and Lucy Riner formed RE|Dance Group in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaboration. Based in Chicago, RE|Dance Group has toured throughout the Midwest, to NYC and San Francisco, CA.  Michael’s performance credits include Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Cerulean Dance Theatre, Rebecca Rosen, Melanie Bales, Bebe Miller and a reconstruction of Mark Morris’ acclaimed choreography All Fours. He teaches annually at the Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead, MN and at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF). He is the North Central Regional Director of ACDF.

Jeannie Hill

Associate Professor Jeannie Hill teaches tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, composition and career seminar in addition to choreographing for Danstage and musicals at UWSP. In 2010 Jeannie founded Point Tap Festivala three-day summer workshop gathering tap dancers from Wisconsin to Marseilles!  She has enjoyed a varied international performing and teaching career and continues her affiliation with Chicago’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project as guest teacher, performer and choreographer. This year Jeannie's work for Danstage is inspired by our perception of time. She holds a BA in theatre from the University of Vermont and an MFA in dance from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts.  Higher-Ed Voice interview