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Amy Chavasse

Professor of Dance

Amy Chavasse, associate professor of Dance, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, storyteller, and artistic director of ChavasseDance&Performance joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2006. She has been a guest artist/faculty member at numerous institutions including Middlebury College, Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC-Greensboro, NC School of the Arts, George Washington, Bennington College, University of Calgary, and Cornish College of the Arts. She teaches at Ann Arbor Dance Works, ADF’s WFSS series, DNA- NYC, Florence Summer Dance, and Duncan 3.0 (Rome), and was on the faculty of ProDanza Italia from 2006-10. She teaches contemporary technique, composition, improvisation, repertory, creative process, and social issues in dance.

As artistic director of ChavasseDance&Performance, Chavasse’s work has been presented throughout the U.S. including New York City (Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, 100 Grand, Judson Church, WaxWorks, Triskelion, BAAD Ass! Women’s Festival); Washington, D.C. (The Dance Place); San Diego; Seattle (Broadway Performance Hall); Vermont (The Flynn Theater); Tempe, AZ;  and with the NC Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out. Internationally, she has taught and had her work produced in Trinidad; Cienfuegos and Havana, Cuba; Kaunus and Vilnius, Lithuania; Vienna, Austria; Cali, Colombia; and Buenos Aires. She is dedicated to establishing international connections for her own creative projects and for her students, and since arriving at U-M, she has successfully funded two residencies, one by Grupo Krapp from Buenos Aires, and the other by ResExtensa Danza Teatro Danza from Bari, Italy.

ChavasseDance&Performance traveled to Bari, Italy in July 2011 to teach, rehearse and premiere Hunger for the Longing (a biased history of seduction). Chavasse has danced in many companies and independent projects in NC, DC, and NYC, as well as with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians and Bill Young and Dancers.


BFA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
MFA, University of Washington

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