An Ann Arbor native, Alan Good graduated from SUNY Purchase and went on to dance with Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1978-94. In the 1970s he danced in projects with Martha Graham Company (“Clytemnestra”), Pauline Koner, and Kenneth King’s RadioactivIDity. In the 1990s, he joined Wally Cardona Quartet and took part in projects with Tere O’Connor Notes on Shame, Sasha Waltz's Dialog II, Marjorie Gamso, Vicky Shick, Sally Silvers's Yessified, Elke Rindfleisch, Rika Burnham, and Linda Seifert. Most recently he was in Liz Magic Laser’s The Digital Face, Pam Tanowitz's the story progresses…, and Ellen Cornfield’s SmallStages. He has presented his own choreography since 1983 and as AlanGoodDance between 2000-08. He currently teaches at the Cunningham Trust and teaches master classes in colleges. This summer, he taught movement in Greekcamps to children of Syrian families that fled war (El Sistema Greece).
Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts aQ & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.