Bard Faculty

Jean Churchill

Professor of Dance

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Dance

Area of Specialization: Modern dance, performance and choreography


Studied modern dance at Connecticut College Dance Festival. Member, Boston Ballet Company (1966–72); artistic director, New England Dinosaur (1976). Performed works by James Waring, Trisha Brown, Carolyn Brown, George Balanchine, Norman Walker, and in classical and modern ballets. Choreography in Choreographer’s Showcase, Split Stream, Fresh Tracks, Men Dancing, Performance Mix, and To the Pointe festivals; venues in Scotland; and many venues in the United States. Choreography and direction for Cinderella’s Bad Magic, opera composed by Kyle Gann, premiered in Moscow (2002). At Bard since 1980.


  • Research Interests: choreography
  • Teaching Interests: dance composition; movement and dance training for the performer; dance in society
  • Other Interests: performance in society; the body; feminism and the performing arts


Phone: 845-758-7933
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts