Guest Choreographer

2018-2019: TBA

2016-2017: Tim Cowart


Tim Cowart has performed nationally and internationally as a company member of the Lewitzky Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and with Impact Production’s “Dayuma” and the “Masterpiece.” He has also performed with Elizabeth Streb/ Ringside, The David Dorfman Dance Company, Minh Tran and Company, and The Dance Theatre of Oregon.  He continues to create work and perform for Co-Art Dance, a contemporary dance company he cofounded with his wife Corrie in 1997. He has teaching certifications in DanceAbility, Body Flow, and in Stott Pilates. He has taught in the dance programs of Western Oregon University, Lane Community College, and at the University of Oregon. He has been directing the DeSales University Dance Department since 2005. As Chair of the Department he has spearheaded an ongoing partnership with DanceNow/NYC that brings in over 20 guest artists per year from NYC, Philadelphia and beyond. He initiated the annual DeSales University Screendance Festival, and has fostered collaboration between the TV/Film, Theatre and Dance Departments. cowart1


His research interests are in modern dance partnering techniques, Dance Film, East Asian dance traditions, and the life, work and influence that dancer/choreographer Michio Ito had on the early development of Modern Dance. Cowart teaches course work in all levels of modern dance technique, dance composition, contact improvisation, the evolution of ballet and modern dance, dance in world cultures, senior research seminar, and dance on camera.

2015-2016: Mark Santilliano

Mr. Santillano is an Assistant Professor of dance and teaches modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance and choreography at Mercyhurst College following two years as Artist in Residence at Southwest Missouri State University. Originally from St. Louis, he has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a member of the Indianapolis-based Dance Kaleidoscope and as soloist, dance captain, master class instructor and choreographic collaborator with Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

Education and Performance History:

B.F.A., B.S. Southwest Missouri State University
M.A.L.S. Wesleyan University

As a member of Actors Equity Association he performed in national tours of The King and I, West Side Story and A Chorus Line. As a choreographer, his work has been performed by the San Diego Civic Dance Company (San Diego, CA), Lake Erie Ballet (Erie, PA), Erie Dance Conservatory (Erie, PA), Playhouse Dance Company (Pittsburgh, PA), Instinct Dancecorps (Scottsdale, AZ), Geneseo Dance Ensemble (Geneseo, NY), and the Zodiaque Dance Company (Buffalo, NY). He is also founder and co-director of SoMar Dance Works. Mr. Santillano serves on the board of directors of the Erie Dance Consortium and the American College Dance Festival Association. Mr. Santillano acts as the advisor to the Mercyhurst University Dance Club.

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