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 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.

Welcome Joan Kilgore Anderson

Joan Kilgore Anderson hails from central Pennsylvania where she trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet under the direction of Sandra Carlino. Joan later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and graduated with a BFA, receiving the President’s Award for Achievement in 2005. She performed with the Ballet Contemporáneos de Burgos and American Ballet Theatre’s second company. Upon graduation, Joan was a member of Cedar Lake Ensemble’s second company. She continued her career with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!). She has had the opportunity to dance many of the modern and ballet classics as well as new works by renowned choreographers from around the world.

Joan has been a guest instructor and master teacher for schools and companies around the world. In addition, she has choreographed and served on the faculty at several schools and has taught for many summer intensive dance programs. Joan has also been a visiting artist at Skidmore College. Currently, she is on the faculty at the National Dance Museum’s School of the Arts and Adirondack Repertory Ballet Theater.