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Wallie Wolfgruber

Associate Professor of Dance

Wallie Wolfgruber has enjoyed a distinguished directing, teaching, choreographic, and performing career. Since joining the Conservatory of Dance in July 2010 and serving as director through June 2014, she has brought a wealth of experience in the studio, on stage, and behind the scenes to the program.

Wolfgruber holds an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her directing and teaching experience includes being undergraduate program director and associate professor in the dance department at SUNY Brockport; co-founder and director of SEAD in Austria; and a faculty member at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College, and the Mark Morris Dance Center. Her teaching expertise encompasses ballet, modern technique, composition, and improvisation. In 2007, she travelled to Africa, researched Maasai dances, and taught and performed in orphanages in remote, rural areas in Kenya.

Her choreography has been presented internationally and in New York City at the Abrons Arts Center, La Mama E.T.C., the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and with DanceNow at the Joyce Soho, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her interests include collaborations with composers and video artists. Her video dance, A Hands-On Affair, was created in collaboration with Alvin Booth and selected for the Dance On Camera Festival in Los Angeles and New York City.

She established her company Wallie Wolfgruber & Dancers, in 2008. Her ongoing project, Sacred Things, currently includes the dance works Dream Support and Ingress, a series of photographs and an earth installation. Wolfgruber was a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, toured internationally, and has worked with a variety of other choreographers, from established to experimental. Among these are Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, Rod Rogers, Keith Young, Sung Soo Ahn, and Jessica Iwanson.