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Molly Poerstel

Molly PoerstelLecturer in Dance
(Modern, Contact Improvisation, Modern Partnering)

Molly Poerstel is a downtown dance artist who has been active in the New York City dance community for more than a decade. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University on a Dean of the Arts Scholarship in 2000 and, since then, has worked as a physical and theatrical collaborator with such artists as David Grenke, Mark Jarecke, Jeanine Durning, David Dorfman Dance Company (2005–2010), Susan Rethorst, Alex Escalante, Hilary Clark, Larissa Valez, and Roseanne Spradlin. Ms. Poerstel has been called “a voluptuous, earthy dancer with a mastery of tension” by Gia Kourlas of The New York Times and “brilliant” by Dance Magazine for her performance work.

Ms. Poerstel has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, 100 Grand, the Open Look Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Connecticut College, and Emory University. Currently she teaches for ClassClassClass in New York City, 100 Grand, and the Dalton School. Her teaching is greatly influenced by her study with anatomist Irene Dowd.

Additional collaborations include working as a moving model for visual artist Terry Rosenberg, where she has participated in the creation of numerous art works. She choreographed the musical versions of the Vagina Monologues at Barnard University in 2003 and acted in Strinberg’s Ms. Julie for the NYC Fringe Festival in 2002.

Ms. Poertsel’s work is inspired by many teachers and artists, including Susan Rethorst, Jeanine Durning, Sarah Michelson, Barbara Grubel, Mark Jarecke, David Dorfman, Neil Greenberg, and Roseanne Spradlin.

Email Molly Poerstel at molly.poerstel@purchase.edu

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