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Bala Sarasvati

Jane Willson Professor in the Arts

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Modern Dance Program Coordinator
Artistic Director of CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance

Bala is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) specializing in the application of movement theory to dance training and performance. She holds a B.S. and B.F.A. degrees from the University of Utah, M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The Ohio State University. She has served on the faculty for the José Limón Dance Institute, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Seattle Dance Centre. Her dance training approach has been presented at El Contro Laban 2002 and Global Laban 2008, both in Rio de Janeiro and at Laban Centre London, UK; and International Council Kinetography Laban, Laban Centre, London. Bala has served as guest artist at numerous universities and intensive summer dance programs and choreographed over 40 full-length dance pieces. Her choreography has been shown throughout the U.S. and China, and in Brazil, Taiwan, France and Costa Rica. She has presented choreography at Judson Church and St. Marks’ Church in New York City; Seattle Bumbershoot Art Festivals, Seattle, WA; Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC. In addition, she has presented choreography at National Dance Association and National American College Dance Festival conferences, and performed at two National Society for Literature and Science conferences. Shakti-The Force of Destiny, one of the many interactive computer and dance projects, was presented as a Cultural Olympiad Event during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Her dance for camera, Springbreak, was selected for the Quinto Festival International Video Danza ‘99, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has served on the board for the National American College Dance Festival Association 1995-2001, and currently serves for the UGA Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) steering committee and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC Board of Directors. Bala served as Head, Department of Dance at The University of Georgia 1998-1999 and 2000-2006.

  • Modern Dance Program Coordinator
  • M.F.A., The Ohio State University
  • C.M.A., Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

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