Kathyanne Guy: Beloved Dance Faculty and Program Director

October 08, 2015 — Coral Gables, Fla — Kathyanne Guy, Dance Program Director and longtime dance faculty member at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, died September 17, 2015 in Miami, Florida. She was 66.

Guy received a B.F.A. in modern dance from the University of Utah in 1972 and a M.F.A. in dance from New York University in 1977. As a member of the Robert Small Dance Company, Claudia Gitelman and Dancers, Hanya Holm Dance Ensemble, New Kinetic Consort, and the Sundance Theatre Company she performed, taught, and choreographed throughout the United States. She was a dance movement specialist for the Arts in Education program of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1976-1983, and also served as a dance instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy and a resident guest artist at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

She then taught and administered dance classes at the University of Miami for 31 years, from 1984 to 2015. The Dance Program is part of the Frost School of Music’s Department of Vocal Performance, whose dance and movement classes include specialized classes offered to opera and musical theater students. In recent years Kathyanne Guy choreographed the Frost Opera Theater’s production of Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et le Sortilèges and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and collaborated on many other events and productions at the Frost School of Music. She also presented Creative Dance and Music Workshops for public school teachers.

Frost School of Music Dean Shelton G. Berg reflected, “Kathyanne approached her career and students with vitality and compassion. She organized and led a trip to New York every spring break for UM dance students, immersing them in unique experiences. She was a champion for the program, for providing a proper and safe environment, and for overseeing very high quality instruction. Kathyanne will be missed greatly by her students and colleagues.”

Kathyanne Guy was born October 1, 1949 in Council, Idaho to parents June Lorraine White and Harlan Hamilton Guy and was the oldest of five siblings. She is survived by daughter Bianca Londono.

There will be a memorial service for Kathyanne Guy on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. on the Moss Terrace in the Shalala Student Center, 3rd Floor. All are welcome to celebrate the life of a very special teacher, and mother.

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