Davis & Elkins College Adjunct Professor of Dance Laurie Goux was among invited instructors for the annual Dance WV Fall Festival at Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center. The three-day event brought together dancers from throughout the state for classes, auditions and a college fair.

Goux, who is also dance director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, conducted auditions for high school seniors interested in joining the dance troupe.

“It was a joy to be in a room of masked, but lively, talented dancers,” Goux said.

Two dancers were awarded scholarships for the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Summer Dance Intensive and two dancers received invitations to join Appalachian Ensemble.

During the festival, Goux taught a session on Dunham Technique modern dance. A native of Chicago, Goux is a protégé of dance legends Jimmy Payne Sr. (tap and Afro-Caribbean), Katherine Dunham Dance Technique under Tommy Gomez and master classes with Katherine Dunham.

At D&E, Goux also serves as coordinator of the President’s Initiative on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Laurie Goux, Davis & Elkins College

Laurie Goux