Cornell College Dance Intensive Faculty

Alvon Reed (Director) is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer.  Alvon currently serves as the Dance Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College where he directed and choreographed their first dance concert in more than thirty years entitled, "TRIGGERED". Alvon was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and The Milwaukee Ballet School. Alvon’s performance credits include, Nike, PUMA, Levi’s Jeans, Microsoft, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. Alvon performed in Arena Stages first multi-ethnic production of “Oklahoma” under the direction of Molly Smith.  He also performed at the world-renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines. 

Alvon worked with renowned post-modern choreographer, Bill T. Jones, on the Broadway workshop titled "Superfly! The Musical".  Choreographic credits include, "Shrek The Musical,""The Little Mermaid," "Sister Act The Musical," and "Peter Pan" at Theatre Cedar Rapids.  Additional choreographic credits include "American Idiot" for the Department of Theatre at the University of Iowa, "Hattie Mae’s Juke Joint" (an original musical about juke joint life in post war America), "EVITA" and "Ragtime the Musical" with Revival Theatre Company, and more recently, "Rent" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cornell College. Alvon is also a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Cornell College Dance Intensive was co-created by Adam McKinney and Alvon Reed.

Alvon will serve as the dance intensive director and teach the contemporary modern and musical theatre classes.


Ethel Annette Calhoun began her artistic career in the Bronx. She attended the Bronx House School where she learned Ballet and piano. Later she attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where her interest in African Dance was ignited. Since then Ethel has toured internationally and locally with Gospel groups and African Dance companies. She currently works at the Alvin Ailey School as a teaching artist. For three consecutive summers she directed Ailey Camp Miami and she toured Germany in her own showcase for two months. Singer, actor, and dancer, Ethel is a primary soloist at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York and is a proud member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild). Ethel has performed locally in theater productions of “Damn Yankees,” “Black Wall Street,” and “Porgy and Bess.”

A master African Dance teacher and performer, Ethel has danced with "Miamouna  Keita," "Djoniba Mouflet," and "Forces of Nature," to name a few. Her dance energy was described by master teacher and artist Chuck Davis as "a woman who dances with ferocious beauty!" Ethel also lends her talents to the senior population throughout New York City as both an African Dance instructor and fitness professional.

"The arts are the evidence of our culture. A reminder of who we are. Teaching African dance is an honor for me and it is symbolic of the love I have for African culture. I put all the love I have in my craft and I am honored to share it with all people." –Ethel

Ethel will teach the West African classes.


If you would like additional information, please contact Julie Barnes, Director of Summer Programs, at jbarnes@cornellcollege.edu or 319.895.4350.