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Wallie Wolfgruber


Wallie Wolfgruber has enjoyed a distinguished directing, teaching, choreographic, and performing career. She was a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, toured internationally, and has also worked with a variety of other choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, Rod Rogers, Keith Young, Sung Soo Ahn, and Jessica Iwanson. Ms. Wolfgruber’s 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. Since joining the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, State University of New York, 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. Her international work includes commissions from Frontier Danceland and NAFA in Singapore. Ms. Wolfgruber holds an MFA in dance from NYU 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 faculty member at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College, and the Mark Morris Dance Center. Her teaching expertise encompasses ballet, contemporary technique, composition, and improvisation, and is influenced by her studies in somatic practices such as the Trager Approach which she was certified in in 1996. She travelled to Africa, researched Maasai dances, and taught and performed in orphanages in remote, rural areas in Kenya. 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.