Professional Dancers to Present Master Classes at River Campus



March 11, 2011 – Two dance guests, Maray Gutierrez and Victor Alexander from Hedwig Dances in Chicago, will visit Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus March 25-26 to work with and speak with dance students about life in the professional world of dance.

While visiting, they will instruct a ballet master class, a modern master class, run a mock professional dance audition and speak with students about the Chicago dance scene and how they have made their careers in dance.

Guiterrez is the artistic associate of Hedwig Dances and has choreographed three dances for the dance company. Before coming to Hedwig Dances, Guiterrez has made her way around the world dancing for different companies and choreographers. She is a native of Havana, Cuba where she trained at the National School of Dance. Guiterrez was a principal dancer for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba for 10 years and worked with esteemed choreographers Giovanni de Cicco, Donald Joaquin Sabate, Jan Linkens and Marianela Boan, among others. Guiterrez has danced throughout Europe, the United States and the Caribbean and has performed for British television and Venice Opera. In the United States, she danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Concert Dance Inc., the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Houston Grand Opera.

Alexander has danced with Hedwig Dances since relocating to Chicago in 2002. Prior to his relocation, he toured and danced throughout Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and China. He grew up in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and trained at the National Dance School in Havana. He was a principal dancer for the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba for 10 years. He has also danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Concert Dance Inc. (CDI), the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Houston Grand Opera, and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Alexander has studied with distinguished teachers such as Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis and Jeffery Bullock. He has participated in dance festivals such as the American Dance Festival at Duke University, the Holland Dance Festival in Amsterdam and the International Dance Festival in Germany. Victor was nominated for an Emmy Award as a Dancer (2008) with the Ruth Page Foundation’s production of “Billy Sunday.”