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Sue Bernhard

Sue Bernhard Lecturer in Dance (Modern)

Sue Bernhard is the artistic director of Sue Bernhard Danceworks. Her dances have been shown in the U.S., Canada, Guatemala, and Poland. Since 2001, she has been a guest choreographer for National Ballet Moderno y Folklorico de Guatemala, where her work has been performed at the National Theater and International Arts Festival in Antigua. She has created pieces for the Juilliard School, Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College, The Yard, José Limón Institute,
Meredith College, Dancers and Musicians, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Long Island University.

With award-winning videographer Penny Ward, Ms. Bernhard created several video/dance collaborations. Their work, Boundaries and Exposures, was featured at the International Conference on Dance and Technology at Simon Frasier University. In 2004, Ms. Bernhard co-founded Artists For Humanity, which brings together artists in dance, music, and poetry for performances dedicated to promoting peace. Her work has been supported and sponsored by the Harkness Foundation, Long Island Community Trust, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Artists, American Dance Asylum, Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., Performing Space 1, and others.

Ms. Bernhard has performed internationally as a member of the José Limón Dance Company and Annabelle Gamson/Dance Solos. She has reconstructed works by José Limón and Doris Humphrey at colleges and workshops.

Ms. Bernhard has taught technique, composition, and improvisation internationally. She was a teacher at the Juilliard School for 10 years and is on faculty at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College, and the José Limón Institute. She has been on faculty at North Carolina of the Arts, Hunter College, Long Island University, and the Modern Masters series at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Ms. Bernhard is a member of Dance Theater Workshop, The Field, and American Dance Guild, and has served as an adjudicator for the DUMBO Dance Festival at the John Ryan Theater.

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