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The Dance Program coordinates a variety of opportunities for students to network with internationally recognized artists. These experiences include lectures, demonstrations, master classes, assessment classes, and week-long residencies that culminate in an original work for the stage.

2021-2022 Guest Artists

Madison Hicks

Madison HicksMadison Hicks (she/her/hers), originally from Dallas, TX, graduated from Booker T. Washington HSPVA in 2014. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School in May 2018 and her MFA in Choreography in 2021 from California Institute of the Arts. Madison was one of eight choreographers chosen for The Jacobs Pillow Ann and Weston Hicks Choreographic Fellowship in 2021. She is the Director and Founder of Moving Forward Dallas, an innovative dance intensive and Non-Profit Organization for young artists. Madison identifies as a freelance creator, performer, and educator. In 2021 she has been commissioned by New York Dance Project, Mash-Up Contemporary Dance company, Ballet Project OC, Orange County School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Water Street Dance Milwaukee, and Lindenwood University to create new work. In 2020, she created new work for Ballet Arkansas and Avant Chamber Ballet while also presenting work in Boston Dance Festival and LA Dance Festival. Madison has also presented work at Palm Desert Choreography Festival and Mash-Up’s International Women’s Day Festival along with premiering her recent solo work “Sparkle with a K” at The Navel Theater in Downtown Los Angeles in 2020.

Madison Hicks - Dancing She has been a guest choreographer for Booker T. Washington HSPVA Rep II Ensemble, The University of Texas at Austin, Center of Creative Arts, Houston MET Too, San Diego Civic Center, and The Windward School along with rigorously teaching artists of all ages. Madison is currently a faculty member for Steps on Broadway and REVEL Dance Convention. She was full-time company member with LA Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied for the 2018/2019 season. Since then, Madison has been a lead dancer in both Noosa Yoghurt and Lexus Commercials along with choreographing music videos for Eleanor Kingston and the Handsome Ghost. She was a 2013 YoungArts winner for modern dance, 2014 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts Nominee and a guest artist in the 2014 YoungArts Presidential Scholar Gala under the direction of Bill T. Jones. In January of 2017, she performed as a distinguished guest alumnus in the YoungArts annual Backyard Ball under the direction of Tony Yazbeck. She received a choreography award from YAGP in 2014 and had three choreographic works chosen to perform in The Choreographic Honors show at The Juilliard School. Madison was awarded the Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship for her choreography and jazz technique in 2016. She has performed works by Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Emily Molnar, Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, Peter Chu, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Aszure Barton, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Benjamin Millepied, and Pam Tanowitz.

Audrey Johnston

Audrey JohnstonAudrey Johnston is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher of over fifteen years. She began dancing at the age of three in the School of Ballet Oklahoma and furthered her training across the nation at several esteemed pre-professional programs. At 17, she became an apprentice with Oklahoma City Ballet, was promoted to company member the following year, and performed a total of six seasons with the company. Her favorite works include Dew Drop in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, the Wicked Witch of the West in Jacob Sparso’s ;The Wizard of Oz, and original soloist roles in the contemporary works Zephyrus, Rising Above, and Voila! by world-renowned choreographers Helen Pickett, Lee-Wei Chao, and Jessica Lang respectively.

While completing her degree in Chemistry, working in some labs, and later completing her Masters in Business Administration, she danced in RACE Dance Collective. There she performed works by the likes of Jeremy Duvall, Will Johnston, Adam Parson, Malaya, Destini Rogers, and more, as well as touring to Los Angeles with a selected work by Hui Cha Poos. After four years, she became Managing Director, where she provided artistic and administrative direction for all productions.

Audrey Johnston - DancingAudrey has had the great opportunity to choreograph on all three of Oklahoma City’s professional dance companies to critical acclaim, as well as the University of Central Oklahoma's Kaleidoscope Dance company, at Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, and many local immersive theater productions and musicals. She has directed award-winning collaborative filmed works with many musicians including Onyx Lane Productions, LABRYS, and Mt. Terror, and choreographed numbers within the feature-length film Finding Carlos, released in 2020. In her new hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, she hopes to continue producing works, collaborating with fellow artists, and advocating for art as a pillar of cultural strength.

Previous Artists

  • Francesca Baron – Still Inspired(?) (2020)
  • Diana Barrios, Leverage Dance Theater (2015)
  • Summer Beasley, Karlovsky & Company Dance (2016)
  • Nickolas and Zackary Betty Neagle, NSquared Dance (2019)
  • Marcus Bugler, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre (2006 and 2007)
  • Denise Caston, Broadway Dance Center (2008)
  • Jovan Dansberry, King Kong on Broadway (2019)
  • Gina Daugherty – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2021)
  • Paula David Young, The Big Muddy Dance Company (2009 and 2012)
  • Joy Davis, Countertechnique (2016)
  • Christian Denise, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (2018)
  • Ali Duffy, Flatlands Dance Theatre (2014)
  • Alicia Gbaho – Beyond Measure Dance Theater (2019)
  • Kate Harpootlian, Shaping Sound Dance Co. (2018)
  • Trevor Harrison, Diavolo (2011)
  • Keli Hermes, Leverage Dance Theater (2015)
  • Kile Hotchkiss, Keigwin & Co. (2013)
  • Brandon Hudson, b90creative (2021)
  • Eileen Juric, Power Dance Technique (2021)
  • John Lehrer, Lehrer Dance (2008, 2009, and 2010)
  • Joshua Manculich – Sam Houston State University (2021)
  • Samuel McReynolds, McDonald Selznick Associates (2016 and 2019)
  • Ashley McQueen, Smashworks Dance (2018)
  • Michael Mizeraney, Malashock Dance (2009, 2010, and 2012)
  • Alicia Okouchi-Guy, Chapman University (2008 and 2013)
  • Rafael Quintas, EDGE Performing Arts Center (2015 and 2019)
  • Christina Robson, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (2015)
  • Madison Steitz, Modern American Dance Company (2021)
  • Tanya Strautmann Horiuchi, St. Louis Ballet (2017)
  • Ashley Tate, Ashleyliane Dance Company (2018)
  • Erin Warner Prange, The Big Muddy Dance Company (2018)
  • Keith Tyrone Williams – Innervision Dance Theatre (2019)
  • Nejla Yatkin, NY2 Dance (2013)

Field Trips

The Dance Program also coordinates regular field trips with local professional dance companies and arts organizations.

  • American College Dance Association
  • Ashleyliane Dance Company
  • The Big Muddy Dance Company
  • Leverage Dance Theater
  • Modern American Dance Company
  • MoSTLy Tap
  • National Dance Week St. Louis


The Dance Program also helps to maintain SYNERGY, the Lindenwood University Student Dance Club.

The club is an active organization that works to unify students in dance. Synergy creates an environment which inspires and enables dancers of all backgrounds to discover their potential, strive for excellence, and improve their technique. SYNERGY also coordinates additional opportunities for guests in dance.