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Rosanna Seravalli

Professor of Dance


Born in Florence, Italy where she started ballet classes at the school of Daria Collin, Rosanna 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 11 years attaining the rank of soloist.

Upon leaving American Ballet Theatre, Professor Seravalli joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College where she has been teaching, staging choreographing, rehearsing and taking on various other academic responsibilities.

She is a much sought after master teacher both nationally and internationally. She was invited to Taipei, Taiwan, to work with the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the National Institute of the Arts and was also invited to teach at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. She has returned to teach in both institutions. She has been a visiting ballet mistress for Ballet Philippines in Manila, where she rehearsed, staged, and taught classes for the school and the company, with whom she went on a national tour throughout the islands. Seravalli was also invited 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 been invited  to her home country to teach, stage and consult on various occasions. 

Seravalli  has received a SUNY Research Foundation Grant to visit  the former Soviet Union to develop methods for adapting Russian classical training for American dancers. She is a Fulbright Scholar who received the Fellowship to return to Chile, which allowed her continue her work with the Ballet Municipal de Santiago. She has traveled throughout Chile and neighboring countries giving seminars and master classes. She has worked with the Guangdong Modern Company in Guangzhou, China, and was invited to teach at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts and at the Queensland University of Technology’s dance program in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Seravalli was featured in the Dance Magazine in an article entitled “Rosanna Seravalli: A Teacher’s Wisdom.”  

Most recently, Ms. Seravalli has choreographed and taught master classes for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and was on a leave of absence from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase to teach in Taiwan at various institutions including National University of the Arts(TUNA), Lan Yang Youth Catholic Center in Taipei and Loutong and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre’s School in Taipei. She has been invited to teach at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and  is currently a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City. In addition, she teaches regularly at various schools in New York City including Ballet Academy East and continues to teach, stage and rehearse internationally. 

Research Interests

  • ABT Ballet Pedagogy
  • Adaption of Russian Ballet method in training American Dancers
  • Re-staging classical repertories
  • Staging and rehearsing of Contemporary Ballets

Representative Courses

Classical Ballet (All levels)

Pointe & Variation