Dance Festival Faculty
Stephen D. Hankey
E. Clayton Cornelious
Paul A. Dennis
Stephen D. Hankey - Adjunct Dance Faculty - Modern
Stephen D. Hankey is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. He is dancer, master teacher in traditional Caribbean folk forms, choreographer, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance teaching from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Hankey currently teaches at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and at the Central Connecticut State University. Stephen is the resident choreographer with the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies in Hartford, Connecticut. He was a founding member of The National Dance Theatre Company of Trinidad and Tobago (1992), where he performed nationally and internationally. In addition, he was also a member of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (1993-1997) and performed in productions including Dream on Monkey Mountain (Josephus), The Joker Seville (Ace of Death), Ti Jean and His Brothers (The Goat). Stephen was a member of Peter Minshall's Callaloo Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He choreographed the Company's carnival production Hallelujah and The Monkey Bird for Peter Minshall's presentation, "Minshall and the Mass" at the Brooklyn Museum in New York (1999). Stephen also performed with the Callaloo Company in Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygen in Moscow for Moscow's 850th Celebration, and in Chicago for the Walt Disney Convention (1998).
His choreography credits includes J'ouvert (1995), Road March (1997), A Brighter Day (1998) and Red House Fire! Fire! (1999) for the Baggasse Company; Bassman with the Signal Hill Theater Workshop Tobago (1997); Hewanora Story for the St Lucia Research Center and Jen S. Designs (1997); the “Voodoo Ceremony” for the ABC television film Production Creature, by Peter Benchley with Trilogy Entertainment North Ltd. (1997); and Ti Jean and His Brothers for Trinity College in Hartford (2000); The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club with the collaboration of LordStreet Theater and SummerStage for Indiana State University in Indiana and LordStreet Theater in Trinidad (2004 and 2006) respectively, Broken Chains for the Co-Operative After School program in collaboration with Yale University (2011). He also choreographed Cultural Spectacular (2001-2010) at the Bushnell Theater, and the Performing Arts Center for the Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies in Hartford CT.
"I believe that through this art form, one will tap into some of the most mysterious and interesting realities of one's being. The individual must struggle on in the quest of inner search of self."