Deborah Goodman (Rehearsal Director) began her dance training at Northern Illinois University under the guidance of Randall Newsome. In 1990, she moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she received a full scholarship and took part in the reconstruction of Ms. Graham’s original work, “Sketches from Chronicle”. From 1998-2005, Deborah worked with Yuriko as her assistant and demonstrator. In 2006, Deborah moved back to Chicago where she currently dances for MOMENTA, performing works by Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Randy Duncan and Sandra Kaufmann, among others. Deb is currently a modern dance instructor at Loyola University’s Dance Department and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers as an Advisory Board member in 2012 and was appointed Rehearsal Director in 2015.
Dexter Bishop (Company Dancer) hails from Clinton, Mississippi where he received his early training under Jennifer Beasley, Artistic Director of Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Mr. Bishop joined Missouri Ballet Theatre (MBT) in 2010 after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Dance Performance. He has also performed in Bird Cage, Spring to Summer, Upstaging, Masquerade, Opus 18, St. Louis Swing and LAPse Dance. Dexter joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in the fall of 2017.
Solomon Bowser (Company Dancer, Assistant Artistic Director) hails from Atlanta, GA where he performed as a member of the Harambee Dance Company and taught at many dance facilities throughout the city. In 2006, the DeKalb County School System recognized Timothy for his work in the community specifically for his contributions to young people in the field of dance. Timothy attended Columbia College Chicago from 2010 to 2014. While at Columbia he performed and choreographed many student pieces. He represented the Dance Center of Columbia College at the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange at Chicago State University. Timothy became a Company Dancer with Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2013. He currently also serves as Program Manager at the American Rhythm Center.
Ariel Dorsey (Company Dancer), a native of Chicago, began dancing at age of 7 at the Southwest Fine Arts Academy (now known as Premier One Dance Academy). She began her formal training at Chicago Academy for the Arts under the direction of Anna Peskevska and Randy Duncan. Ariel went on to further her studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York where she graduated with a BFA in dance in 2013. While at SUNY-Purchase, she worked with Nelly Van Bommel, Pam Tanowitz Jonathan Alsberry, and Ori Flormen. Ariel currently teaches Ballet at PDA, and Hip Hop at Xilin Arts Academy. She has been performing with Winifred Haun & Dancers since 2013.
Michael Gee (Company Dancer) moved to Chicago in 2012, after graduating from Western Kentucky University. He joined Innervation Dance Cooperative in 2012 and Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2014.
Talia Koylass (Company Dancer), a Chicago native, graduated from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Visual Arts in 2017. She has performed in works by Hope Boykin, Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jene Smith, Stephanie Batten Bland and Chistopher Huggins. Talia will be a Co-Mission Resident Artist at Link’s Hall this fall and is a Company Dancer with Winifred Haun & Dancers. She has performed with the Company since 2017.
Amanda Milligan (Company Dancer) attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received her BFA in Ballet Performance. Her previous professional experience includes participation in the Dallas tour of Jeanne Mam-lufts’ Pieces (2012), guest artist and choreographer for the Performance Time Arts series at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater(2010-2014) and most recently Dance Kaleidoscope (2014-2017) based in Indianapolis, IN. Mandy joined WH&D in the fall of 2017.
Summer Smith (Company Dancer, Assistant Choreographer) grew up in South Jersey, where she began dancing at a young age. She began her professional dance training in high school at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. During this time, she received scholarships to study at Orlando Ballet, Ballet Met, and in New York, at American Ballet Theatre. Summer attended The University of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance and Painting with honors. Summer is currently a Company Dancer and Assistant Choreographer for Winifred Haun & Dancers and she has performed with the Company since 2017.
Jasmin Williams (Company Dancer) is a multi-lingual native Chicagoan who has trained, worked and lived in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and throughout Western Europe. She has been performed works with Dance Theater of Harlem and Dance Italia and she has performed Memoria with the renowned Alvin Ailey Company. In May, she was awarded a performance residency at Link’s Hall, where she will present her first evening length work this winter. Jasmin has performed with Winifred Haun & Dancers since early 2018 and she also performs with Banks Performance Project.
For a list of past Company members, click here.