Deborah Goodman 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 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 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.
Vernon Gooden, a Dallas,Texas native, began dancing at the age of 11. He started in the traditional dance form of West African. In 2001, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School For The Performing Visual Arts. He received a Level I ranking by the National Foundation For The Advancement In The Arts (NFAA) for college scholarship for high school seniors. Mr. Gooden was nominated by NFAA and named by The White House Commission for a 2001 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Mr. Gooden later trained at The Juilliard School under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy and Larry Rhodes. He has performed with noted companies such as Paul Taylor 2, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Helanius Wilkins/ Edgeworks Dance, South Chicago Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre. He has performed the works of noted choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Milton Myers, Cleo Parker Robinson, Nai-Ni Chen, Ronald K. Brown, and Jessica Lang. Vernon joined WH&D in the fall of 2019.
Amanda Milligan 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
Mamlufts’ 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.
Michelle Reid is a dancer, photographer and aerialist. After obtaining her BFA in dance from The Ohio State University in 2013, she moved to Chicago to pursue a professional career in the arts. Since then she has performed with Joel Hall, Emerald City Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Banks Performance Project. She has also worked with Visual Artist, Brendan Fernandes during his dance-based installation at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Michelle joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in the fall of 2019.
Assistant Artistic Director, Company Dancer
Summer Smith 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.