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Taryn Kaschock Russell

Lecturer in Dance

Taryn Kaschock Russell directed Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the spring of 2013. Before that, she held the position of rehearsal director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) during the 2007 season. She had a 12-year performing career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet.

While traveling extensively with both companies, Russell performed works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiøí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. While director of HS2, Russell realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. During her tenure, she was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition each season. She guest taught at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, and Ballet Met. Russell has been commissioned to choreograph on Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art, for Columbus Dance Theater on their new choreographers series, and has also created senior solos for dancers in both the Purchase College and Ailey/Fordham BFA programs.

In the spring of 2013, Russell relocated to New York City with her family. Since then, she has staged work on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, choreographed for the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, become a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and has guest taught and coached repertoire for both Ballet Hispanico and the Joffrey Concert Group.

In addition to teaching in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, Russell is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where she became associate director of the Dance Division in 2016.