The School of Dance is committed to bringing distinguished guests to work with and inspire its students. To assist the School of Dance in fulfilling this commitment, patrons Betsy Brackett and Gregg Wadley established the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair in 2005. Among those honored by this title are Frederic Franklin, Violette Verdy, Dudley Williams, Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin, Howard Sayette, Jack Anderson, Donald McKayle, Francia Russell, Carla Maxwell, Jock Soto, Raimondo Rebeck, Trey McIntyre, and David Hochoy.
Other visiting artists include Bruce Wells, Earl Mosely, Brian Brooks, Kathleen Tracey, and artists from New York City Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Arizona, Louisville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Houston Ballet. These distinguished guests have greatly enhanced our programs and are proof of our commitment to our students’ development of a national and international perspective.
Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope Visits OU School of Dance
On October 23, the University of Oklahoma School of Dance will welcome international dance teacher and choreographer, David Hochoy. Hochoy will be at OU for one week to teach and talk to students as the 2017 Susan E. Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair. During this time he will also choreograph a new work to be performed next spring by Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, OU’s modern dance company.
Born in Trinidad, Hochoy discovered dance at age 20. After studying dance with Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham, he joined the Martha Graham Company in 1980 and performed all over the world. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the Martha Graham School and since then has taught both in the U.S. and internationally. As the artistic director for Dance Kaleidoscope in Indianapolis, IN, he has choreographed 70 dances for the company in his 27 years there. Hochoy won the prestigious Choo-San Goh Award for choreography in 2006 and most recently received the TAIG Award for Excellence in the Arts from Penn State Thespians in 2017.
Three OU School of Dance graduates, Marie Kuhns, Manuel Valdes and Emily Dyson, are currently members of Dance Kaleidoscope. Dyson will be coming back to OU working with Hochoy as his choreographic assistant.
School of Dance Director Michael Bearden said, “We are so fortunate to have Mr. Hochoy join us for this residency. Our students will benefit greatly from his experience and insight into our art form and I can’t wait to see them dance in his work next semester as part of our Contemporary Dance Oklahoma production.”