Title/Position: Lecturer, Dance and Vocal PerformanceProfile:
Why did you choose music as a career?
Music brought me to dance, and music has always been with me. I enjoy the relationships between dance movement and the other arts, but the rhythm of music brings it closest to dance. My career path has taken me to many places, but I am very happy to be in the music department teaching dance.
What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Most outstanding is the excitement and wonder that the “highlights” are constantly changing! As a young dancer, observing Maria Tallchief teach; seeing performances by American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey Company, Dance Theater of Harlem; seeing both Nureyev and Baryshnikov perform, and later meeting them, was a thrill. As a dancer, performing and choreographing in lofts and theaters, and teaching children through dance company residencies was a joy. In New York, I was able to meet more “dance luminaries” and work in support of many dance companies from around the world with The Joyce Theater and other cultural organizations. Now my focus is on teaching and continuing to see new, exciting dance, theater and music performances as a teaching artist.
Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
The Frost School is small enough for students to have direct contact with excellent teachers with real arts-world experience, and learn from great guest artists. The new facilities will add fresh spaces for music making and learning to a school that has a long history of excellence.
“Music is . . . “
“A way to bring emotion to the surface, and tell stories of the human condition.”
What music have you been listening to lately?
Recorded music I’ve been listening to lately is anything rhythmic, and often without lyrics; music by Philip Glass, Youssou N’Dour, Guy Klusevsek, So Percussion, Astor Piazzolla. The most recent live music attended included performances by the Frost Symphony Orchestra and several solo faculty recitals.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Talk less, move more.
What do you expect from Frost School of Music Students?
I expect Frost students to have a love of learning, work hard, and have a great curiosity about all things related to their chosen musical form.
Anne Kuite teaches movement for undergraduates in the Opera Theater curriculum within the Department of Vocal Performance. As a faculty member in the UM Dance Program, she teaches modern dance technique, improvisation and classes in stretching and bodywork for students across the university. A former resident of Illinois, her performing career has included appearances with the American Heritage Dancers folk dance company and the Peoria Civic Ballet, and throughout the Chicago area with Akasha, Lynda Martha, and Robin Lakes Rough Dance companies. New York performances have included appearances at the Merce Cunningham Studio and the Gang Gallery/SoHo. Her choreography has been performed at MoMing Dance and Arts Center (Chicago), the Southern Theater (Minneapolis), Gusman Hall (Coral Gables) and most recently, Bearnstow Dance Center (Parker Pond, ME). Her teaching career in Illinois has included dance for high school students at New Trier, Mather, and Lyons Township High Schools, and faculty positions at Millikin University and Harper College. In addition to her dance career, Anne has served in executive arts and events management positions at The Joyce Theater, Wave Hill, and The Graduate Center/CUNY in New York City. She holds a B.S. in Dance Education from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a nationally Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance as well as a faculty instructor and teacher trainer at Polestar Pilates Miami.