The Dance Department is proud to have among our graduates some very prolific and esteemed alumni. If you are an alum of the UW-Madison Dance Department and wish to share or showcase your work, please contact us. If you'd like to read more about the Dance Department and its alumni, check out our online issues of Momentum.
Mary Hinkson, (B.S. '46, M.S. '47), who joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1952, where she became a leading soloist; she subsequently was a guest artist for numerous companies and taught at Graham's school and at Juilliard in New York City. See Mary Hinkson's biography for more information about her.
Matt Hart Turney (B.S. '47), a principal dancer with Graham's company in the 1950s through the '70s. Read this New York Times article about Turney for more information.
Anna Halprin (B.S. '42), who received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the UW-Madison in 1994 in recognition of her pioneering work in choreography and dance as healing. Visit Anna Halprin's website for more information.
Joan Woodbury (B.S. '50, MS '51), co-artistic director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City and professor emerita and former chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Utah, where she taught for almost 50 years. Murray Louis of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Woodbury's company to house the works of 20th century master Alwin Nikolais. Visit the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company website for more information.
Dr. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone (M.A. ’54; PhD ’63) is dancer, professor, scholar, and philosopher. She has written multiple books including The Phenomenology of Dance, and a trilogy, starting with The Roots of Thinking, about connecting thinking and movement. In 2011, Sheets-Johnstone was honored with the School’s Alumni Achievement Award. For more on Sheets-Johnstone, go visit her university webpage.
Sharon Gersten Luckman (B.S. '67), exectutive director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation in New York City, who has been selected as a 2010 recipient of the School of Education's Alumni Achievement Award. Please visit Gersten Luckman's webpage for more information.
Rosalind Newman (B.S. '74), an internationally known educator, choreographer, and artistic director of her own company in New York, who recieved the School's Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. Please visit Rosalind Newman's Wikipedia page for more information.