克劳迪娅·梅尔罗斯, Professor Emeritus, University of 威斯康星-Madison, has performed in major cities of Europe, South America, North Africa and the U.S. as a member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Co., as choreographer/director of the Melrose Motion Company, and as performer/choreographer in the Melrose & Morgan Duo. Prof Melrose has been a perennial advocate of African dance and music on the Madison campus for the past 15 years. Ms. Melrose's affinity for African-derived dance forms evolved from the profound influence guest artist Pearl Primus had on her when she was a young dance student. This was later rekindled when, as a teacher in the 现金赌钱游戏 Dance Program in the 1980s, she collaborated with Clyde Morgan, a specialist in Afro-Brazilian dance. She studied dance at the University of Ghana-Legon in the summer of 1993, returning in 1994 as a Fulbright Fellow. She shared her experiences and passion for West African dance with her colleagues and students in 麦迪逊 by bringing in the exciting Ghanaian dance and drummer, Habib Idrissu, as guest artist in the fall of 1995, and by continuing to teach her popular elective class in West African 舞蹈 and Music.