Duane Lee
Adrienne Wilson                                                                                                                        May 1, 2009
Assistant Professor, Theatre
Telfair Peet Theatre
Auburn University

This is a follow-up report on the very successful residency with Duane and the Auburn University
Department of Theatre. In the language of higher education, this residency exceeded expectation in all
ways. Duane has had an incredible impact on the students here that will last a lifetime.

Duane conducted himself as a consummate professional, yet also as a warm and approachable individual.
My students and I were impressed by the knowledge of technique, history, and performance that he
shared with my dance technique classes, with the students involved in choreography, and with the
production crew of the performance run. He also coached two students on their duet choreography and
inspired them to take their dancing to a whole new level. He had an opportunity to address the entire
theatre department as far as sharing his experience in the professional world. The choreography set on the
students was a huge success: the students threw themselves into the work and accomplished a great deal
in a short period of time. The work was incredibly well received by the audiences at every performance.
Duane's solo performance was a highlight of the concert-well crafted and performed; and a great
inspiration to the students.

In the words of one student: "Duane not only taught us about dance, he taught us how to be a better
person."

We are all in a better place, personally and artistically, as a result of this visit.

Sincerely,
Adrienne

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Elizabeth Arnot-Hopffer, Ph.D.                                                                                                       April 2009

We would like to express our gratitude for your participation in Hip-Hop 2 College with the Tucson
GEAR UP Project on April 4, 2009.

Through your participation, GEAR UP students experienced the vitality of the culture of Hip-Hop.  
Students likewise learned through the workshops and the dance performances that they can pursue their
interest in Hip-Hop through college studies in dance, music, and writing.

We thank you for making time to engage the GEAR UP high school graduating class of 2012 in these rich
and relevant college going activities.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Arnot-Hopffer, Ph.D.
Associate Director

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Ernest Baker II                                                                                                                                        June 2009
youngARTS NFAA Presidential Scholar        
First Hip-Hop Presidential Scholar

From a student’s perspective, Duane L. Holland put forth maximum exertion that will influence my life
forever.  I met Duane in Miami, Florida in January 2009 at a National Foundation for Advancement in the
Arts organization, “youngARTS Week”.  The week included intense, yet exhilarating workshops with
renowned master teachers, interviews with the media, and performances with my fellow peers.

During the "youngARTS Week", Duane made it feel as heartfelt and tranquil as he could.  My nerves were
jumping up and about but with the help of Duane, I learned not to worry about those kinds of things that
could distract me from staying focused.

Aside from the "youngARTS Week", Duane touched on a particular subject that will stay with me for years
to come, which is to never let anything get in the way of my career.  As much as I wanted to hold on to my
past, I will eventually have to let go and pursue the career that I love.

In such a short amount of time, Duane intrigued me with both his knowledge and experience with Hip-
Hop dance to carry on to everything I will embark on in life.  As a teacher and a mentor, Duane L. Holland
will forever and always be a sticking remembrance to my experience in dance.

Sincerely,


Ernest Baker II

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Lyndi                                                                                                                                                May 29, 2009
Student
The Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Duane has taught me all I know about hip hop and its history. I also learned from him how to become a
better dancer as well as performer. He has also taught me to shine in class, to never hide or hold anything
back. GET IT!

Lyndi

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Petagay Letren                                                                                                                                June 4, 2009
Harambee Inc.
Miami, FL

During the month of January 2009, I had the pleasure of observing Duane as the master teacher of Hip-Hop
for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. I learned, at that time ,that Duane is a
consummate professional.  While instructing, he was supportive, encouraging, and demanding of his
students:  Encouraging his students to trust themselves, while challenging them to take the movement
further. He demonstrates the movements as well as what it means to embody dance.  This includes the
way he carries himself, how he interacts with his colleagues, and the way he takes care of his body.  He
demonstrated the importance of a thorough warm-up and ensured that his students had the proper
facility.  He demonstrated that the safety of his students was his number one priority when they wanted to
try risky tricks and movement without the proper materials.  

I welcome the opportunity to work with Duane again and again, and I am confident that he would be an
asset to
any organization that wishes to utilize his artistic services in the area of dance instruction,
performance, and choreography.

Petagay Letren

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Brenda Dixon Gottschild                                                                                                                July 2004
Author        
Professor Emerita of Dance Studies
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Writer for
Dance Magazine

To Dear Darling Devilish Duane,
May your off-the-wall talent continue to fly, to soar beyond the blue horizon, pointing us to the futurama!  
For real!  Peace love blessings,

Brenda Dixon Gottschild
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