Dance artist

Cornell College Welcomes New Dance Artist in Residence

April 3, 2020

The stages at Cornell College will be filled with a variety of new dance and choreography as the college welcomes Eddie Forehand as the new Musical Theater Dance Artist in Residence for the Department of Theater and Dance.

He will start teaching in the fall and is eager to share his love of dance with anyone who wants to learn. Her classes, which will focus on jazz, ballet, modern, choreography, improvisation, movement games and performance, will appeal to students of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Forehand courses will support the growing Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Musical Theater as well as the Minor in Dance.

“I look forward to working and expanding my expertise in movement and choreography and seeing it come to life on stage,” Forehand said. “I’m excited to be able to work with the students and see what opinions and skills they bring to the job, and how we can all be positively influenced by each other.”

Eddie Forehand (photo credit: Sam English)

Forehand grew up in Miami, Florida, where he focused his studies on ballet. After high school, he attended a conservatory and a year later landed his first job as a dancer at the Richmond Ballet. From there he was part of four other dance companies and retired from the professional dance world in 2016. He then earned his MFA in dance at the University of Iowa.

Through all of his experiences, Forehand brings a wealth of knowledge to the college. Students will learn complex choreography and how to express emotions through dance.

“I want them to be able to relate what we do in the studio to other aspects of their lives, as well as broaden their work ethic,” Forehand said. “I want to provide a sense of freedom and liberation through physical challenges and performance opportunities.”

Under the guidance of Forehand, students will work towards their personal goals and learn to see dance as an art that will be interpreted differently by each individual.

“Dance can be a social reflection, an inner reflection, a call to arms, and wonderful fantasy land,” Forehand said. “It’s limitless in what you can convey and do, and there’s no wrong way for self-expression.”

The new musical theater dance artist-in-residence says the block plan will give him more time to do in-depth work with students and focus more on honing techniques and skills, which will extend far beyond performance spaces.

“Skills learned in dance can also be applied to other work situations and environments through enhanced personal communication,” Forehand said. “The work ethic is also more focused, as well as creativity, which can help with problem solving. Better overall health and confidence are achieved through physical activity and a better understanding of learning situations complex is achieved due to the pressure of learning choreography and daily technique classes.

Learn more about Cornell College Department of Theater and Dance at website.