FACULTY & STAFF
Susan Kay Waltner
Professor Emerita and Lecturer in Dance
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Susan Waltner has been teaching, choreographing, performing and administrating at Smith and the Five College Dance Department since 1967. She was recently the chair of the Smith College Dance Department, and the Five College Dance Department.
Waltner teaches Contemporary Dance Theory, 20th Century Dance History, three levels of dance composition/choreography and Mindful Body (experiential anatomy for performers). She also teaches graduate–level courses in choreography and the creative process, Scientific Principles of Teaching Dance.
Waltner has choreographed close to 60 works for students and professional peers from 1967 to the present. Her work has been shown in Smith and Five College Concerts, and in independently produced concerts in New York and Massachusetts. Some of these works have been supported by Harnish Grants in support of the fine and performing arts.
She recently presented a workshop on Fusion form/Ritual Circle Dance at the NDEO Conference, June 2002. She wrote "Revealing Forms," published in the Contact Quarterly (Summer/Fall 2002).
Waltner's current projects include resetting a solo from 1980 on a new dancer, with accompanying video projection of the original; choreography for new duet; and development of a new solo being choreographed for her by Peter Schmitz.