Dance and Movement Studies


Elaine Heekin, M.A., Professor of Dance

Areas of Expertise: choreography, Pilates for dance, movement analysis, senior movement, and body therapy.
Elaine Heekin earned a master's degree in dance choreography from the University of California at Los Angeles and received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis (CMA) from the University of Seattle. More >>

Heekin has performed, choreographed and taught contemporary dance throughout the United States. Her works have been set at numerous colleges in addition to being selected for various prestigious festivals in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Heekin has published several articles addressing the effects of Bartenieff Fundamentals (body therapy) on older adults and is also a certified instructor in pilates.

Bruce Walczyk, M.A., Professor of Dance

Areas of Expertise: martial arts and dance; kinesiology, and choreography.
Bruce Walczyk earned a master’s degree in choreography from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in dance from SUNY Brockport. More >>

He teaches classes in kinesiology, martial arts & dance, choreography and introduction to dance theory, technique and culture. Walczyk has developed a unique offering combining traditional martial art/performance forms and bringing them into a contemporary context.  This work has been presented throughout the U.S., Paris and Southeast Asia. He continues to create new choreographic work blending these ideas along with his current area of research in the martial and healing arts of Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.  Currently Walczyk is in the process of making an informational/instructional video illustrating some of these approaches.  He returns to Southeast Asia in the spring to continue further research.

Richard Lloyd '73, M.Mus., Lecturer in Dance

Richard Lloyd ’73 is a composer and performer, currently working as a lecturer, accompanist, composer and advisor in the Dance Department at Hamilton College, as well as minister of music at St. James Episcopal Church in Clinton. More >>

Lloyd has worked as a teaching artist and performing artist in the Central New York Arts in Education Institute. Among the grants he has received are three from Meet the Composer for dance-music collaborations and performance art. Lloyd has created three solo performance art pieces, Dick Does Poetry, What’s In the Refrigerator? and Distractions.


Paris Wilcox '95, Visiting Instructor of Dance and Movement Studies

Areas of Expertise: ballet.
A native of Earlville, New York, Paris began his ballet training with Donna Decker, Michael Fokine’s grand-niece, at age 6; later continuing with Delia Foley and Leslie Norton. More >>

Matriculating at Hamilton College in the fall of 1991, Paris worked extensively with the Dance Department, performing classical and original works by Leslie Norton, Elaine Heekin, and Bruce Walczyk. After earning a double concentration in the Classics and Dance, he accepted a trainee position at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. Following a subsequent year with Orlando Ballet, Paris was asked to join Kansas City Ballet, where he danced principal roles throughout his 11-year tenure.

Retired from the Kansas City Ballet stage in May 2008, Paris relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he served as the Education and Public Relations Coordinator for Ballet Arizona until 2010. In addition to appearing as a guest artist, Paris continues to teach master classes and at summer intensive courses throughout the country. Paris and his wife Heather Culbertson ’94 currently reside in Earlville where they operate and manage Halcyon Farm, a 165-acre grass-fed lamb and beef farm.