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Our AMAZING GUEST ARTISTS and STUDENT PERFORMERS have included an astonishing array of professional and emergent artists! Among visitors to our co-curricular dance offerings at MIT, always affiliated with the MIT DTE have been master tap dancer Dianne Walker; McArthur "Genius" awardee and "Popaction" innovator Elizabeth Streb; postmodern choreographer (and MIT alum) Gus Solomons, Jr.; Hip Hop experts Rok-A-Fella and Kwikstep; Baroque dance master Ken Pierce; internationally renowned dance theorist Brenda Dixon- Gottschild; and feminist dance visionary Alexandra Beller; and downtown diva dancers Regina Rocke and Dawn Springer.

Mr. Solomons, a graduate of MIT with a BArch (1961), has performed with national companies including Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including a 2000 Bessie Award for his contributions to choreography and dance, is artistic director and founder, in 1972, of the Solomons Dance Company, for which he has created over 100 dances. He has originated more than 70 works as a soloist in the companies of Donald McKayle, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. In October 2000, he received the first Robert A. Muh Award honoring an MIT graduate for noteworthy contributions in a School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences field. He currently teaches dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and reviews dance for the Village Voice, Dance Magazine and the Ballet Review. While attending MIT, Solomons studied ballet with E. Virginia Williams, founder of the Boston Ballet Company.

The Winter 2007 DTE performance LIVE ACTION ANIME: Madness at Mokuba will offer performances November 29 and 30 and December 1 at 8pm in Kresge Little Theater. For more information, contact Thomas DeFrantz, faculty advisor to the MIT Dance Theatre Ensemble at

Thomas DeFrantz
Professor, Theater Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 10-272
(617) 253-6957


Thomas DeFrantzProfessor

defrantz at mit dot edu(617) 253-6957