People

The Skidmore Dance Department is proud to provide our students with a diverse faculty and staff of accomplished artists, designers, teachers and scholars. We represent a broad array of disciplines, aesthetics and experience that contribute to our goal of delivering a comprehensive dance education. Our common denominator is our commitment to helping each student reach their potential, regardless of their current level of expertise. In addition to our full-time faculty/staff and excellent part-time faculty/staff, students are exposed to an impressive roster of guest artists and choreographers from today’s dance world.

Welcome Erika Pujič

Erika Pujič was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Martha Hill Award. Upon graduation, Ms. Pujič danced with Gloria Marina’s Spanish Dance Ensemble performing in New Jersey Opera’s “Carmen”. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Henning Rubsam’s SENSEDANCE for seven years. Ms. Pujič was a founding member and rehearsal director for Battleworks Dance Company during it’s 10 year span (2000-2010). She has been an integral part of the creation of many works for Robert Battle and she has been dancing and setting his works for over 22 years.

She was a Visiting Guest Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the Fall 2013 semester and will be returning for the Fall 2014 semester. Ms. Pujič is currently teaching at George Mason University and she has been an Adjunct at Queensborough Community College since 2008. She has created works for The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, University of New Mexico, ABT’s Summer Intensives, Summer Arts Institute, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and New York State Summer School of the Arts. Ms. Pujič is also performing, teaching and creating curriculums for the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI).

Welcome Ariel Osterweis

Ariel Osterweis is a Visiting Scholar/Artist in the Dance Department at Skidmore College. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Wayne State University from 2011-2014, and earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. At work on her first book, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Virtuosity in Contemporary Dance, Osterweis also researches Sub-Saharan African dance and the disavowal of virtuosity in mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance. Publications appear in Dance Research Journal, Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, and more. Osterweis danced with Complexions, Mia Michaels, and Heidi Latsky, choreographs, and is dramaturg for choreographer John Jasperse and performance artist Narcissister. She is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has been an invited speaker at UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and Princeton University.