In 1973, Dr. Barry Fischer began his dance training at the age of 20, while he was a theatre major at SUNY @ New Paltz. Barry was told by his acting advisor that every actor should be skilled in dance. The director asked Barry if he was an experienced dancer. Barry's reply was ,” Yes, I go to the disco every weekend"! Well that answer didn't work so Barry was quickly instructed to take a dance class while studying theatre. Barry registered for a Modern Dance class. At the same time, he was fulfilling a one credit requirement for physical education.
The dance instructor had the class watch three dance films illustratIng modern dance pioneer and legend, Martha Graham's masterpieces; A Dancer's World, Appalachian Spring and Night Journey. Barry's life was drastically changed from that time on.
Barry inquired how he could possibly study under the tutelage of the dance legend. Realizing he might be too old to start training as a dancer did not hinder his determination. A two-week Intensive Christmas Course at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance was being held during the University's holiday break. Barry soon found himself sitting on the wooden dance floor surrounded by a wall of mirrors in the Graham studio on East 63rd Street, in Manhattan, NYC, participating in the course. It was his first initiation to Martha Graham's dance technique, and it was conducted by Martha Graham!
Barry inevitably went on to study dance and further his technical proficiency attending dance studios that reflected and perpetuated Graham's dance vocabulary. At the same time Barry pursued dance as a major credentials earning him a B.S., M.F.A. & Ed.D. credentials in dance. During the intensive years of study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, The London School of Contemporary Dance, and The Juilliard School, is when he became acquainted with Martha Graham on a personal level, but professional level.
By 1975 Barry was studying full-time at The London School of Contemporary Dance: The Place, known for the Martha Graham Technique training, where, for one-year, he was a study-abroad student, completing his senior year as a dance major at SUNY@Brockport.
While in London Barry received a call to be a guest of Martha Graham's when the Martha Graham Dance Company was performing at The Covent Garden Theatre in London. Several invites were experienced where he inevitably was able to speak to Graham privately backstage in her dressing room. Days later Barry visited Graham at her hotel. Although she invited Barry to visit her in her hotel room he chose to decline (because of nerves). Instead, Barry spoke to her on the hotel phone while her beautician was preparing her hair. She encouraged Barry to come by the following day when she had some free time for a visit.
The next day Barry shared an unforgettable limousine ride with Martha Graham, to a nearby antique store in London!
In 1991, barry was invited to attend a private memorial in New York City, honoring the life of the great American Modern Dance Pioneer.
Ed.D. in Dance & Dance Education, New York University, 1986
M.F.A. Performance & Choreography, Florida State University, 1980
B.S. in Dance, SUNY@Brockport, New York, 1977
As a former Associate Professor of Dance at Frostburg State University (FSU), Dr. Fischer served as;
Highlights of Additional Service;
(See Vita for detailed experience)