Brian Palmer, a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University where he was the recipient of a Suzanne Farrell Fellowship. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Radford University. For nine years Mr. Palmer was a member of Richmond Ballet where he performed as a soloist and was responsible for the lecture demonstration series, which was presented throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Palmer, most recently, has been a member with Suzanne Farrell Ballet sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. He is currently an Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Division of Theatre and Dance, and adjunct faculty at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Cari Coble received her early training at the prestigious Washington School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Professionally, she has danced for such companies as Alabama Ballet Company/Ballet South, The Appalachian Ballet Company, Festival Ballet-Atlanta, and The Ballet Company of Spokane. She has also appeared as a guest artist for many projects including the Spoleto Festival-Charleston, the International Ballet Competition Gala-Jackson, the International Improvisational Festival- Birmingham, Adele Myers and Dancers-New Orleans, Several Dancer's Core- Atlanta, The People's Touring Project-NYC, and Sydney Olympics 2000. Cari received her BA from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in dance at Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship and the School of Visual Arts and Dance Teaching Fellowship. Currently she is Professor of Dance and Director of Graduate Programs for CFA at Jacksonville University, Florida, where she has choreographed and performed numerous original works.
Lana Carroll Heylock, has spent her life involved in dance. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from The University of Akron, Ms. Heylock served as Head of Dance Institute, the pre-professional dance program for children ages 3-18, as well as full time dance faculty at The University of Akron from 1994 - 2008. Under her direction, Dance Institute produced the first full length fairy tale “The Snow Maiden” at the Akron Civic Theater and E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. She also created a valuable collaboration with GroundWorks Dance Theatre, and participated as a founding member of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Ms. Heylock envisioned and created the Gena Carroll Scholarship Fund and was the driving force behind the annual “Pointe to the Future” Benefit that raises money for scholarships, faculty recognition, and school productions.
Ms. Heylock’s extensive performing experience includes the companies of Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio and Pearl Lang, Peter Sparling, and Diane Gray, all in New York City. In 1980, Ms. Heylock was invited to join Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company where she performed as a soloist for over 14 years. As Special Projects Director of the Muller Company, Ms. Heylock assisted Jennifer Muller in the restaging of “Speeds” on The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York City, “Couches” and “The Enigma” on the Kriztina de Chatel Dance Company in the Netherlands, “Glass Houses” and “Fields” on the Bat Dor Dance Company in Israel, and the full evening production of “Beach” on Tanzforum Dance Company in Germany.
Nationally and internationally, Ms. Heylock has garnered a reputation as a master teacher and rehearsal director at reputable schools such as Jacobs Pillow, Stephens College, The Martha Graham Dance Center, The Limon Institute, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Sarah Lawrence College, Barnard College, and New York University. Among numerous other engagements around the world, she has taught workshops at the Tokyo and Osaka Schools of Dance in Japan, The Amsterdam Theatre School in the Netherlands, The National Ballet School in Belgium, The Dance Point Festival in Germany, Le Menagerie de Verre in Paris, The Dance Loft in Switzerland, The International Dance Weeks Festival in Austria, and the Opera House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ms. Heylock has been honored by her students for several years to be listed as one of the “Best Teachers in America” in Who’s Who among Americas Teachers and she is very proud to have received the “Outstanding Artist” in Dance Award from the Akron Arts Alliance in 2004.
Tiffany Sullivan Fish A performer, choreographer who has embraced her current state of constant transition. During her attendance at Jacksonville University for her BFA she was awarded Most Outstanding Performer/Southeast Region by the American College Dance Festival and Dance Magazine, which culminated in a featured performance at the Kennedy Center. Following graduation she began her professional career with the Genesis Dance Company and worked for the Genesis Foundation for the Arts doing outreach programs throughout Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan and Connecticut.
She then went on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera with such artists as Sean Curren, Doug Varone and Julie Tayor. She has done artistic residencies in the Jacksonville area with Jacksonville University, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Episcopal High School and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She most recently was in residency with The Dancers Workshop though The Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. Tiffany is currently living in Jacksonville while working on her MFA and beginning her investigation into the world of Dance on Film in which she is actively recruiting collaborators.
Yidi Lin began her professional career in China in 2006. She performed hip-hop and jazz nationally while teaching in many places including studio teaching and high school/college artist residency. In 2010 Lin founded and directed her own dance company in Guangzhou, China, focusing on the fusion of hip-hop and modern dance and working to bridge the modern dance company with hip-hop dance companies in the city. As an artistic director, she was frequently invited to local hip-hop dance companies to train their dancers. In 2012, her company was invited to perform at Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, the biggest international modern dance festival in mainland China.
Lin came to the States in 2013 to study modern dance and earned her MFA at Case Western Reserve University in 2016. During her three years of study, she received the Cleveland Arts Prize: Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance both in 2014 and 2015 to present her dance works in Beijing and New York.
In the spring semester of 2017 she choreographed and taught at Penn State Altoona
as an emerging dance artist; currently she is an assistant professor in dance at