I began my dance training at the age of 19, while I was a theatre major at SUNY NewPaltz. I was told by my acting advisor that I should be skilled in dance. He asked me if I was experienced and I replied,” Yes, I go to the disco every weekend"! Well that didn't work so he guided me to my 1 credit Modern Dance I class with Dr. Gloria Bonali. At the same time I was fulfilling my 1 credit needed for physical education.
It was during that class semester, that I fell in love with Martha Graham's dances on film, viewing A Dancer's World, Appalachian Spring and Night Journey. I soon ran over to her studio on East 63rd Street, where I participated in a Christmas Intensive Course. I inevitably went on for my B.S., M.F.A. & Ed.D. credentials in dance. During those intensive years of study at her studio, and The London School of Contemporary Dance, and The Juilliard School, is when I became acquainted with the icon I had viewed in those earlier films. I was a guest of Ms. Graham's, at The Royal Gardens Theatre, spoke to her on the hotel phone while her beautician was doing her hair, visited her backstage numerous times in London as well as the states, and even went antique shopping with her in a limousine in London!
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), served as the director for the FSU Dance Co., was a former three term Board member with ACDA, as well as a Life-Time Member of ACDA. hosted/coordinated the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance festivals in 1999 and 2001, implemented the Frostburg Summer Dance Retreat, and was also a board member for the American Dance Guild (ADG). studied Martha Graham's modern dance technique and choreography and philosophy at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), The London School of Contemporary Dance at The PLace, London England, and at The Juilliard School (NYC).