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Paul Anthony Dennis

BFA Juilliard School, MFA Purchase College, SUNY

A former member of the José Limón Dance Company; his career includes work with Works/Laura Glenn Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Men’s Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy, Janis Brenner and Dancers and Scapegoat Garden as well as a 1995 White House performance. He has been in residence with Dance International and adjudicator for Certamen International de Choreografia, in Burgos, Spain; guest artist/faculty at Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Springfield and Trinity Colleges and has restaged masterpieces of Ted Shawn, José Limón and Doris Humphrey for Scuola di Ballo Accademia Teatro alla Scala, The Limón Company and The Rome Opera. Paul is Associate Director of the White Mountains Summer Dance Festival at Sarah Lawrence College and Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst.

Curriculum Vitae



2007                 Purchase College SUNY MFA
Technique: Megan Williams, Ted Kivitt, Larry Clark, Rosanna Seravalli, Richard Cook
Composition Pedagogy: Kazuko Hirabayashi
Studio Pedagogy: Ellen Graff
Music Seminar: Stephen Weinstock
Choreology: John Forrest
Art Administration Certificate Program: Tom Flood (Management of the Arts) Peter Berglas
(Art, Law and Business) Patricia Braja (Marketing and Grant Writing)

1990                 The Juilliard School BFA
Technique: Carolyn Adams, Alfredo Corvino, Laura Glenn Maria Grandy, Ben Harkarvy, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Linda Kent, Daniel Lewis, Genia Melakova, Michael Moore, Ethel Winter, Hector Zaraspe.
Choreography: Doris Rudko, Janet Soares
Dance History and Dance Notation: Jill Beck, Muriel Topaz

1979-1986        The Royal Academy of Dancing, London Overseas Member
The Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance syllabus through Intermediate Certificate Examination

1982-1986        Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre. The Regionally recognized National performing company of Trinidad and Tobago


Additional Studies

2013     CMA, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS®

1997     Teachers’ College, Columbia University, NYC.
MA, Art Administration coursework: Joan Jeffries




  1. Guest teacher: Scuola DiBallo Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy. Director Frédéric Olivieri
  2. Master teacher: Milan Teatro Scuola Paolo Grassi, Milan, Italy. Director, Massimo Navone
  3. Master teacher: International Dance Association, Ravena, Italy. Director Steve La Chance
  4. Master teacher: Modern technique and Repertory. CivitanovaDanza, Civitanova Marche, Italy. Director Paola Vismara


Guest artist, Modern technique Hampshire College

2012 to present

Master Teacher Center for Creative Youth, Dance Dept. Weslyan University

2007 to present:

Assistant Professor: UMass Amherst and the Five College Dance Department

Modern dance technique (beginning through advanced); dance improvisation; dance composition/choreography (beginning through advanced); dance education: pedagogy and practice; 20th century dance history; dance aesthetics; creation and implementation of New York professional outreach program, preparation for transitions from college to the professional world for dance majors; dance appreciation for non-majors.

Additional college and university experience includes: Choreography; artistic direction and production management for dance concerts, musicals and non musical theater; supervision of internships and senior theses; producing and coordinating department concerts; advising students; coordinating and directing community outreach events; lecture-demonstrations in regional public schools with University touring company; grant-writing; budget preparation for concerts and tours.

Of special note: Creation and implementation of the New York Professional Outreach Program, NYPOP. (DANCE 494D – 01   S-NY Professional Outreach Program) Since 2007 this 3-credit course has guided dance majors through the realities of post-graduation life as they prepare for their careers.

2007 to present           Associate Director: White Mountain Summer Dance Festival (WMSDF) at Sarah Lawrence College, NY.

2010 to present            Principal Advisor: Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), UMass Amherst

2008 to present           American College Dance Association Master Classes

2007 to present            Artistic Director: University Dancers concert and touring company.

Summer 2011-13         Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Visiting teacher; community classes

Summer 2011-12         Massachusetts Dance Festival, Boston University, UMass Amherst

Spring 2007                  Amherst College, Intermediate modern dance technique

Spring /Fall 2006         Mount Holyoke College, Guest Faculty/ Visiting Artist, Advance modern dance technique and Limón Repertory

Fall 2006                      Central Connecticut State University Adjunct Professor, Beginning Modern Dance Technique

Spring 2005                  Trinity College. Guest Faculty/ Choreographer ,Modern dance technique and repertory


Additional Master classes

Europe:             Italy, Spain, France, Hungary, Brazil, El Salvador, US Virgin Islands, and Trinidad & Tobago

United States:     Over 25 States

Regional:            New York City, Boston, Connecticut, Maine, Albany, New Hampshire




2014-   “The Way…out” music by Bach

2013-   “Hotel Destiné” music by Toby Twining

2010-   “Pienso en Ti” music by Shakira and Antonio Pinto

2009-   “Keinetic Counterpoint” music by Steve Reich

2008-   “Allegro Molto” music by Antonio Vivaldi

2007-   “Who Moved my Finish Line?” music by John Adams

2006-   “Meagan’s Way” music by Pat Metheny


2012- “Violet” (Rand Theater)

2011- “Urinetown” (Rand Theater)

2010- “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Rand Theater)

2008- “Ondine” (Rand Theater)


Reconstructions & Directing

2014     Accademia Theatro alla Scala “The Unsung” – José Limón https://vimeo.com/album/2683330/video/86297688

2008 to Present: University Dancers, Artistic Director

Rehearsal director:

  1. “Manhattan Research” choreographed by John Heginbotham
  2. “at the bazaar” choreographed by Sidra Bell
  3. “Min-Even” choreographed by Merce Cunningham
  4. “The Dance Claimed Me” three solos choreographed by Pearl Primus

2012     Rome Opera Ballet “Day on Earth” – Doris Humphrey

Dr. Pearl Primus’, “Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Strange Fruit,” “Hard Times Blues”

José Limón’s, “Chaconne,” “There is a Time,” “Sonata for Two Cellos” “Choreographic Offering,” and “The Mazurkas.”

Ted Hershey’s, “Village Suite”, “Between us Glimmering”, “Meditation”.

Doris Humphrey’s: “Day on Earth”, “Passacaglia”


Research: Artistic/Scholarly


2013     Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS)

2008     The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)


2014    Solo Concerts

  1. Mount Holyoke College Dance Theater, South Hadley, MA
  2. Little Carib Theater. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  3. Fabbrica Esprianza. Milan, Italy
  4. Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence, Italy

2012                 Guest artist Rome Opera Ballet “Day on Earth” – Doris Humphrey

2008                 Guest artist José Limón Dance Company US and European tour

1990 – Present Works /Laura Glenn Dance Company

Repertory included “Schroedinger’s Cat,” “At Risk,” “Kerb” and “Between Us Glimmering”

(Laura Glenn) “Windows”, “Meditation (Ted Hershey), “Duo Hermanos” (Rob Kowalski).

1990 – 1997     José Limón Dance Company

Repertory included “The Unsung,” “A Choreographic Offering,” “Missa Brevis,” and

“There is a Time” (José Limón), “Day of Earth,” and “Ritmo Jondo” (Doris Humphrey),

“Cleave” and “Fantomes” (Phyllis Lamhut), “Strange Hero” (Daniel Nagrin),

“pale grass and blue, then red” (Ralph Lemmon), “Sombra y Sol” (Donald McKayle),

“Never No Lament” (Garth Fagan) and “Retablos” (Carlos Orta).

Performance venues included The John F. Kennedy Center; The White House; Gala of the International Day of Dance Madrid Spain; International Arts Festival, Athens, Greece; Pecs, Hungary.

1991     Jacob’s Pillow’s “Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy”

Repertory included “Kinetic Molpai” (Ted Shawn), “The Unsung” (Limón),

“Oatka Trail” (Fagan), “Ode” (Ann Carlson) and “Surrender II” (Stephen Petronio).

1991/1992 Seasons      Janis Brenner & Dancers

Solo Repertory

2012     92nd St. Y: “Hard Times Blues” (Pearl Primus), “Spanish Dance” (Daniel Nagrin)

2011     Trinity College: “Seeline O’man” (Reggie Wilson)

2008     Jacob’s Pillow: “Mazurka”,   “Etude”

2007     Purchase College SUNY: “I Love You Dearly “(Mark Morris), “Etude” (David Parsons) “Spanish Dance” (Daniel Nagrin), “Chaconne” (José Limón), “Negro Spirituals” (Helen Tamaris), “The Exiles” (José Limón), “Seeline O’man (Reggie Wilson)

2006     Burgos, Spain “Chaconne”, “The Exiles” (José Limón)

2006     New York City, NYU: “Sonata for Two Cellos” (José Limón)

Ensemble Repertory

Five College Dance Department: “MinEVENT” (Merce Cunningham)

“Gloria” (Mark Morris), “Narcoleptic” Lovers (Doug Elkins), “Passacaglia” (Doris Humphrey)

NACRE: Winter concert 2010, Saratoga Springs, NY

UMass Amherst Dance Program: “Choreographic Offering”, “There is a Time” (José Limón) “Passacaglia”, “Day on Earth” (Doris Humphrey)

Limón Company 2008 European Tour: “The Traitor” (José Limón)

Springfield College Dance Program: Springfield College and Jacob’s Pillow Inside-Out Performance. “Labor Symphony” (Ted Shawn)

Service: Administrative & Community Leadership

2012-Present                Principal Investigator: Creative, expressive and functional movement research at Tewksbury Hospital for Huntinton Disease residents.

2013                             Certified HIPAA Privacy Associate (CHPA)

2010, 2011                   Curator: The Instant Of CombustionBarbara Morgan Photo Exhibition, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts and the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

2010, 2011                   Grant Writer: UMass Amherst Arts Council Block Grants

2010                             Principal Investigator: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Access to Artistic Excellence Grant

2010                             Coordinator: Dancing Through College and Beyond & Kids Cafe Festival. A day for students, parents and teachers to explore dance opportunities in colleges and universities including movement classes, panel discussions and the College Resource Fair.

2008 to 2009                Mentor/Choreographer: The Performance Project -Examines the effects of racism, economic oppression, bigotry, and violence, and creates compelling works of theater, movement, and spoken-word.

2007 to present            Committee assignments:

  1. Hampshire College, Assistant Professor search committee member.
  2. ACDFA: regional conference planning committee.
  3. Five College Dance Department: Dance Ed. Faculty search
  4. UMass Amherst: ballet faculty search.
  5. College of Humanities and Fine Arts: personnel committee for Senior lecturer promotion
  6. Five College Dance Department curriculum committees: modern dance pedagogy, dance education and dance history.

2007 to 2010                Festival Director: White Mountain Summer Dance Festival.

2004 to 2007                Treasurer: Martha Hill Dance Fund.

2004 to 2009                Charter Board Member: Scapegoat Garden Dance Company.

Photos of Paul Dennis

Photography by: Jim Coleman, Joshua Sugiyama, Julie Lemberger, and Dennis & Frye Maietta


Peggy Schwartz
Professor of Dance Emeritus
Dance Program
Department of Music and Dance
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nature of relationship: Colleague
Length of time known: 6years
Laura Glenn-Hershey
Professor of Dance
Dance Department
The Juilliard School
Nature of relationship: Colleague
Length of time known: 25years
James Martin
Associate Arts Professor
Associate Chair, Dance Department
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Nature of relationship: Colleague
Length of time known: 6years

Contact Me

Paul Anthony Dennis
23 Landers Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075




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