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Sonya Delwaide
Professor of Dance
Richards Lodge 104, 510.430.3258,
Professional Interests: Modern techniques, ballet, choreography, composition, partnering, movement for actors, dance theater, repertory

Molissa Fenley
Professor of Dance, Spring
Joan Danforth Chair
Richards Lodge 102, 510.430.3185,
Professional Interests: Choreography, repertory, technique, thesis supervision

Ann Murphy
Assistant Professor of Dance
Richards Lodge 107, 510.430.3301,
Professional Interests: Dance criticism and analysis, women and dance, dance and literature

Sheldon Smith
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department Head
Richards Lodge 101, 510.430.3260,
Professional Interests: Dancing, making dances, making music, working with dance and technology, making video art

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Visiting Scholars & Artists

Holley Farmer
Visiting Assistant Professor
Richards Lodge 102, 510.430.3185,
Office Hours: Monday 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
Professional Interests: Performance, Cunningham technique and legacy, collaboration, dancer wellness, ballet

Kara Davis
Visiting Assistant Professor
Richards Lodge 103, 510.430.3261,
Office Hours: By appointment only
Professional Interests: Classical ballet, improvisation, contemporary dance and partnering, dance pedagogy, choreographic/collaborative process, corporeal empowerment

Holly Furgason
Visiting Artist, Spring Professional Interests: Pedagogy, performance, Cunningham technique and repertory, collaboration

Shinichi Iova-Koga
Visiting Artist
Richards Lodge 105, 510.430.2175,
Office Hours: By appointment
Professional Interests: Physical theater, Aikido, Judo, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Butoh, photography, film making, Nihon Buyo, Kagura, Noh, Kyogen

Wanjiru Kamuyu
Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring
Richards Lodge 102,
Office Hours: By appointment
Professional Interests: cross disciplinary art making to generate personal and social reflection through a transformative celebration of dance, performance, contemporary dance technique, pedagogy, dance cultures, thesis and student mentorship, dance wellness, yoga

Pei Ling Kao
Visiting Artist, Fall
Professional Interests: Modern dance technique, dance improvisation, contact improvisation, traditional Chinese dance, yoga

Katherine McGinity
Visiting Artist, Fall
Professional Interests: Tanztheater, vaudeville and neo-vaudeville, dance history, dance cultures, comedy in dance, dance on film, ballet, Balanchine, Laban, gesture, Greek tragedy, linguistics, philosophy, dance pedagogy

Anne-Rene Petrarca
Visiting Artist, Fall
Professional Interests: Contemporary dance, modern dance, making dances, teaching, ballet, pointe, yoga, swimming, finding ways to help dancers understand dance technique and work with efficiency

Patricia Reedy
Visiting Artist, Spring
Richards Lodge 108, 510.430.2175,
Professional Interests: Children's dance, choreography, creativity, professionalizing the field of dance education

Shane Traister
NSB 121, 510.430.2158,
Office Hours: Mondays 5:30-6:30 by appointment
Professional Interests: Theatrical lighting and sound design, stage construction, stage and production management, lighting techniques for dance, linguistics, special education


Sylvia Nuzzo Philis
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Richards Lodge 108, 510.430.2175,

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Last Updated: 8/27/15