Professor of Dance, Director of Dance
M.A., American University
A.B., Salve Regina University
T.S.R.S.B.S. Teaching qualifications from the Society of Russian-Style Ballet Schools, Cambridge, England
Classical Ballet as an artform in contemporary America; use of the jazz idiom in musical theater dance and its ability to move the plot forward.
Reconstruction of landmark dance works such as Balanchine's, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" and the Flamenco version of "El Amor Brujo."
Currently teaching technique classes in Ballet and Jazz. Also directs the Wheaton College Dance Company, a mixed repertory performance group that is auditioned for yearly. I am interested in developing a strong repertory base that draws on diverse traditions in dance.
In June, I was asked by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to review FestivalBallet. I attended a mixed repertory performance of Balanchine, Robbins and an emerging choreographer from eastern Europe. The performance was electric and placed FestivalBallet in the league with first-rate companies in America. I produced a one page document in accordance with their grant regulations and was thrilled to discover that the dance public no longer has to travel to Boston to see world class ballet but rather can just go down the street to see FestivalBallet.
I also participated in an external review of the Arts at Stonehill College. This was an extensive two day process which included in depth analysis of their curriculum, course work, and facilities. At the end of our visit, we met with the administration to recommend some short term solutions, with the idea,that long term improvements take time and resources. Within the month, a substantial document was produced to guide the Arts at Stonehill College in their next phase of development.
"Dance Teacher Now," Featured article
"Dance Magazine," Educational section
"Hittin' the Road," Weber Theatre 2008
"Life of the Party," Weber Theatre 2007
"Endangered Species," Weber Theatre 2006
"Aerial Boundaries," Weber Theatre 2005