Administrative Staff

Kendall Simpson (Music Operations Administrator) has composed original scores for several Atlanta-area theatre productions, including Red Scare on Sunset and The Enchanted April at Theatre in the Square; Romeo and Juliet, A Winter's Tale, The Tempest at Georgia Shakespeare Festival; Night and Her Stars, Kindertransport' Born Guilty and The Golem at Jewish Theatre of the South, The Invisible Man at Georgia Ensemble Theatre and A Hole in the Dark at Horizon Theater. Simpson's most recent work for dance, Papillon, was premiered by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Lee Harper and Dancers. Also working in film, Simpson has scored several independent films including the "The Etiquette Man." which has received top honors at several film festivals. Recent television credits include various pieces for Sesame Street. For the concert stage, Simpson has been commissioned to write works for piano and various chamber ensembles.

Phone: 404-727-7804

Anne Walker (Office Manager) holds a B.A. in studio art and art history from St. Olaf College. She has an interest in all the arts, including dance. As Office Manager, Walker manages marketing and publicity, the program website and blog, academic affairs for undergraduate dance students, fundraising for the Friends of Dance, and the program budget. Walker has worked at Emory since 1998, as Assistant Director of Development for the Rollins School of Public Health and Program Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, before joining the Dance Program in 2005. When she is not at Emory, Walker designs and creates handcrafted sterling silver jewelry for her business, Anne Walker Studio.

Phone: 404-727-7266

Cynthia Church (Costume Designer and Costume Shop Coordinator) has been designing costumes for marching band, color guard, and ice-skating for over 15 years. She holds administrative positions within the governing bodies of color guard competitive circuits both locally and internationally, and is also a choreographer. Her business, “Above the Blade,” focused on costumes for ice skaters. Church is also a designer with LEA Designs, has been commissioned for countless projects, and has a unique style that speaks to the essence of choreographic as well as theatrical work. She has costumed for the Emory Dance Company, Atlanta based dance companies, and has been highly active with Theater Emory. Church joined the staff of the Emory Dance Program and the Theater Studies Department in the fall of 2009, and has been a regular contributor in choreography, design, and seminar courses at Emory.

Phone: 404-727-4085



Dance Musicians

David Decaminada, originally from Columbus, Ohio, has been involved with ballet and modern dance as a piano accompanist since 1979. In Ohio, he accompanied both modern and ballet dance at Ohio State University and The Ballet Metropolitan. His background as a pianist also includes Columbus Ohio Association for the Performing Arts, Warner Cable, and St. Thomas Moore Newman Center. After moving to Georgia in 1984, his associations include the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta School of Ballet, Agnes Scott College, Georgia State University, S.E.R.B.A.(Southeastern Regional Ballet Association) and Joffrey South programs. Since 1987 David has been associated with the Emory Dance Program as one of the faculty musicians who accompanies ballet and jazz classes via piano and percussion. He has worked as an accompanist with Roswell Dance Theatre and the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. David continues his association with former prima ballerina Maniya Berredo’s Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. Most recently, David was involved with YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix), held at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. He is, since 2013, on board with GBT.

Joanie Ferguson, drums and percussion, is originally from Niles, Michigan. Ferguson has an extensive background as a touring and recording musician with several different artists. She has shared the stage with notables Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, Better Than Ezra, Spin Doctors, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Toto, Randy Bachman (BTO) and Blue Oyster Cult. Joanie accompanies classes in modern and jazz for both the Emory University Dance Program and Agnes Scott College.

Yulia Rice, originally from Moscow, Russia, was trained as a concert pianist. She competed in several international piano competitions after receiving her master's Degree from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. She worked as an accompanist at the Moscow Conservatory. She also received a master's Degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She has received numerous awards in both Russia and the United States. Since moving to Atlanta, she has been staff organist/pianist at Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church (since 2000) and an accompanist for the Atlanta Ballet (since 2001), where she has also lectured on music history and theory. She teaches a piano studio of approximately 30 students and is a freelance accompanist for professional soloists. Rice accompanies ballet classes for the Emory Dance Program.