Jerel Hilding

Associate Chair
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2588
Robinson Center
Room 251A


 He teaches all levels of ballet, pointe, pas de deux and music for dancers. In addition to choreographing and assisting with the direction of the University Dance Company, Hilding has collaborated with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, the KU Opera and KU's Department of Theatre & Film on musicals, opera and dance concerts.

As a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, Hilding performed in works by many of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, including Balanchine, Arpino, Robbins, Ashton, Cranko, Jooss, Massine, and Tharp. He directed the New Jersey Ballet's Artist-in-Education program and worked as an instructor for New York's City Center Theatre Outreach Program. He has taught throughout the country including New York, New Jersey, Arizona, New Orleans, and the Midwest.

Hilding holds a bachelor's degree in Music from Louisiana State University in New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans).


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The Dance between Art and Science
 
The dance between art and science

Who do you find standing at intersection of art and science? Someone like Natali Diaz-Yepes, who graduated in May with a double major in dance and genetic biology. To prepare for her senior dance recital, Diaz-Yepes navigated lecture halls and dance floors, chemistry and choreography, body and mind.

Posted by The University of Kansas on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Michelle Heffner Hayes


Professor & Chair of Dance, Michelle Heffner Hayes, talks about finding your "voice" through dance.

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