Conservatory of Dance: Faculty and Administration

Note: For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/academicprograms/arts/dance/
facultyandstaff.aspx.

Wallie Wolfgruber, Director, Conservatory of Dance
and Associate Professor of Dance
MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.


Full-Time Faculty | Part-Time Faculty | Contributing Faculty | Faculty Emeriti

Full-Time Faculty

Larry Clark, Associate Professor of Dance
BFA, Ohio State University.

Ted Kivitt, Associate Professor of Dance
Studied with Alexander Gavrilov and Thomas Armour in Florida. Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre.

Rosalind Newman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
BS, University of Wisconsin; PhD, University of Kent (England).

Rosanna Seravalli, Professor of Dance
Studied in Florence, Italy, with Daria Colin, and at the American Ballet Theatre School, School of American Ballet, and Joffrey School of Ballet. Soloist, American Ballet Theatre.

Bettijane Sills, Professor of Dance
BPS, Empire State College, State University of New York.

Stephanie Tooman, Associate Professor of Dance
BFA, The Juilliard School; MFA, Purchase College.

Nelly van Bommel, Assistant Professor of Dance
License (BFA), Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France); License (BA), Université de Provence (France); Maitrise (MA), University of Burgundy (France); MFA, Purchase College; DEA (first year of PhD), University of Paris 8—Sorbonne (France).

Kevin Wynn, Associate Professor of Dance
Received early training in Washington, D.C., at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Continued studies at California Institute of the Arts and Purchase College.


Part-Time Faculty

Reba Adler, Lecturer in Dance
BA, Oberlin College; PhD, New York University.

Thomas Baird, Lecturer in Dance
BA, Empire State College, State University of New York.

Sue Bernhard, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, Purchase College.

Simona Cipriani, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, Purchase College.

Jean Freebury, Lecturer in Dance
Studied at the Alberta Ballet School, London Contemporary Dance School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Merce Cunningham School. Former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Stuart Isacoff, Lecturer in Dance
BA, MA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Judy Lieff, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, New York University; MFA, California Institute of the Arts.

Michelle Lucci, Lecturer in Dance
Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet.

Joseph Malbrough, Lecturer in Dance
Principal dancer, Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Makarova and Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, and L’Opéra de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Elizabeth McPherson, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, The Juilliard School; MA, City College of New York; PhD, New York University.

Osi Mizrahi, Lecturer in Dance
BA, Hunter College, City University of New York.

Melanie Noblit-Gambino, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, Purchase College.

Lenka Pichlíková, Lecturer in Dance
MA, University of Texas, Dallas; MFA, Academy of Dramatic Arts, Charles University (Prague).

Molly Poerstel, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Peter J. Saleh, Lecturer in Dance
BA, BM, Rutgers University; MM, University of North Texas.

Todd Stone, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, Purchase College.

Megan Williams, Lecturer in Dance
BFA, The Juilliard School.


Contributing Faculty

Conservatory of Theatre Arts:
Rachel Dickstein


Faculty Emeriti

Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Associate Professor Emeritus of Dance (Musical Director of Dance)
BM, MM, Indiana University.

Kazuko Hirabayashi, Professor Emerita of Dance
BS, Meiji University (Japan); Diploma, The Juilliard School. SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mette Spaniardi, Lecturer Emerita in Dance
Studied in the U.S. and Europe, with emphasis on the Russia method of classical dance, with modern dance with Anna Sokolow, Paul Sanasardo, and David Wood. Former soloist, Norwegian Opera Ballet.

Sarah Stackhouse, Associate Professor Emerita of Dance
BS, University of Wisconsin. Former principal dancer, José Limón, Alvin Ailey, and Luis Falco Companies.

Carol K. Walker, Professor Emerita of Dance
BA, Barat College. Dean of dance (1984–2002 and 2005–07); dean, School of the Arts, and director of dance (2002–05).

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