Professor of Dance
Rosanna Seravalli was born in Florence, Italy, where she started ballet classes at the school of Daria Collin. Ms. Seravalli joined the Joffrey Ballet shortly after her arrival in the U.S. She then moved to American Ballet Theatre, where she spent the next eleven years, attaining the rank of Soloist. After leaving ABT, Ms. Seravalli joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College.
In 1984, she was invited to Taipei, Taiwan
to work with the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, and the National Institute of the Arts. In that same year she was also invited to teach at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
In the years since she has returned frequently to work in both countires.
Since that time, Ms. Seravalli has been visiting ballet mistress for Ballet Phillipines in Manila where she rehearsed, staged works and taught classes for the school and the company. She toured nationally with this company throughout the islands, as well. Ms. Seravalli has also served as a guest teacher and ballet mistress for the Ballet Municipal de Santiago and as a visiting teacher at its school. In addition, she has returned many times to her home country to teach, stage ballets and consult.
Ms. Seravalli received a SUNY Research Foundation Grant to travel to the former USSR and to develop methods for adapting Russian classical training for American Dancers. In 1995, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to Chile, which allowed her to return to Ballet Municipal de Santiago. She has traveled throughout Chile and neighboring countries giving seminars and master classes.
Ms. Seravalli has worked with the Guangdong Modern Company in Guangzhou, China and was invited to teach at the University of Melbourne's Victoria College and at the Queensland University of Technology's dance program in Brisbane, Australia. For the past three years Ms. Seravalli choreographed, staged productions and taught master classes for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.
Ms. Seravalli is a tenured professor in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. She is also a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive Program in New York City, is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum in levels primary through five and, in addition, teaches regularly at a number of schools in New York City and throughout the country.
Email Rosanna Seravalli at Rosanna.Seravalli@purchase.edu