Ruth Andrien danced with The Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1974-1983 and has distinguished herself as one of the premiere restagers of Mr. Taylor’s work for university dance programs and dance companies around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, Bordeaux Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet BC, Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon, and for the U.S. State Department as part of their cultural exchange program in Tunisia. She has been on the faculties of Southern Methodist University, Harvard University, MIT, and University of the Arts and Swarthmore College and for the summer programs at American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and New York Summer School of the Arts. Since 1990, Ms Andrien has worked closely with The American Dance Legacy Institute which focuses on preservation and access to American dance heritage and contributed to the development of The Repertory Etudes methodology along with ADLI Co-Directors, Carolyn Adams and Julie Strandberg. She has choreographed and conducted residencies at Temple University, University of Arizona, Towson University, Florida State University, Brown University, and Ursinus College.  She was a National Task Force on Dance Education participant in 1993 and has served on The Dance Notation Bureau Professional Advisory Committee and The PA Council of the Arts.  As Master Teacher in modern dance for The National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts in Miami for the past five years, she continues her interest in bringing dance to diverse populations through the development of educational initiatives within community, K-12, university and professional settings. Ms Andrien received her MFA in Dance in 2007 at Hollins University under Donna Faye Burchfield and currently directs The Paul Taylor Project at ADF. She is a recipient of Towson University’s Distinguished Teaching Artist Award and the 2009 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teachers at ADF along with former Taylor dancers Carolyn Adams and Sharon Kinney.



Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky was a Russian born pianist, composer, and conductor.  His worked was influenced at a young age by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Glazunov, and Debussy & Dukas.  His close relationship with the founder of the Ballet Russe, Sergei Diaghilev, began when Stravinsky was commissioned for The Firebird in 1910.  He continued working with Diagilev in productions such as Petrushka in 1911 and The Rite of Spring in 1913, in which he worked together with the Ballet Russe choreographer Vaslav Nijinksy.  Other works by Stravinsky include Le Rossignol (The Nightingale), Pulcinela (1919-1920) and Symphony of Psalms (1930). Stravinsky’s work was known for being extremely rhythmic and non harmonic, with driving pulsations that are clearly recognized in The Rite of Spring. His influence was great on 20th century western music and composers.  It was like nothing else of its time and was regarded as almost ‘ugly’ in sound, however the impact Stravinsky had on musical techniques still holds weight in today’s world of music and dance.


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