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  • Guest Choreographers & Instructors

    The Dance Program recognizes the rich artistic culture and high caliber of dance artists in the Houston community. We value the well rounded dancer and want to expose the company to many diverse learning opportunities. Every semester, The Dance Program hires a professional guest choreographer to set work on Rice Dance Theatre. In addition to choreographing for the company, the guest choreographer teaches 2 master classes and participates in a question and answer session with the students. In addition to the guest choreographer, the Dance Program also hires 2-3 professional guest instructors each semester to teach a variety of master and specialty classes.


    Past Guest Choreographers and Instructors include:

    • Amy Llanes
    • Kristen Frankiewicz
    • Jane Weiner
    • Leslie Scates
    • Rebekah Chappell
    • Maggie Lasher
    • Courtney Jones
    • Jhon Stronks
    • Patton White
    • Erin Reck
    • Lydia Hance
    Kevin Ferguson
    Laura Gutierrez
    • Jacquelyne Boe

  • Spring 2016 Guests

  • Jennifer Mabus - Guest Choreographer  Jennifer

    Jennifer is a dance artist and educator living and working in Texas. She has had active performing career, dancing as a founding member of Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company, as well as the New York choreographers Takehiro Ueyama, Heidi Latsky, and Amy Marshall. Regionally, she has danced with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, Elle Danceworks, Ewert and Company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Noble Motion Dance.

    Mabus has taught on the faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and Sam Houston State University, where she received her MFA in Dance. She is currently on the faculty of Houston’s HSPVA and was the 2015 Dance Artist In Residence at Rice University.

    Jared Doster - Guest InstructorJared Doster
    Jared is from Huntsville Texas, where he started dancing in college in 2004. Jared went on to complete a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S. in Industrial Development and Design from Sam Houston State University. He is a diverse movement artist with a background in Hop Hop, Breakdancing, Modern, and Partnering.
    Jared was a founding member of NobleMotion Dance Company, where early on he was a part of the collaboration of many of their signature works. Jared has been touring internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for the past 5 years and has performed in over 25 countries on 5 different continents.

    CandaceCandace Rattliff Tompkins - Guest Instructor
    Candace graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, she received her early training from Margo Dean, Beverly Torres, and Joe Berry. Within the Dance department at TCU, she was awarded a TCU Fine Arts Guild Scholarship. She also received a Dallas Dance Council Scholarship to study in New York at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive. Candace has worked with Jane Weiner, Christian von Howard, Elizabeth Gillaspy, and Nina Martin, and was the soloist in works by Susan Jaffe and Stephen Mills. After graduation, Candace was invited to join Jane Weiner’s Hope Stone Dance Company, and continues to enjoy her time as a company member.

    As a freelance dancer, Candace performs with Amy Ell’s Vault. She has also performed in works by Andy and Dionne Noble, Leslie Scates, Erin Reck, Sandra Organ Solis, and Laura Gutierrez, and Catalina Molnari. As a self-proclaimed Houstonian artist, Candace has performed in the Cullen Theater, Zilka Hall, Bayou Music Center, Miller Outdoor Theater, Jones Hall, the CAMH, as well as churches, schools, hotels, and even on the streets in the Houston Heights! She has also performed internationally in Ireland. Additionally, Candace teaches ballet and contemporary modern in the Houston area and is a certified Airtone and Vbarre fitness instructor.