Dance, Dance Education Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance
|Lori Katterhenry, MFA
Deputy Chairperson, Dance
Professor; Coordinator, BFA Dance Program
Choreography, Repertory and Dance History
administration, Theta Alpha Phi
Lori Katterhenry received her BFA and MFA degrees in Dance from Florida State University and earned a CMA from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. She was the Program Coordinator for the Montclair State University Division of Dance since 1986 and has been the Deputy Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2008. She is also the Artistic Director for the MSU Repertory Dance Company. Her works have been selected for performance at numerous Regional American College Dance Festivals and at three National American College Dance Festivals in 1983, 1986 and 1990. Prof. Katterhenry has been a guest artist at Rice University, University of New Mexico, Theater on Podol in Kiev, and Theatre et Mouvement Festival in Montpellier, France. Her work Undone was selected for performance in the Humor Unplucked Festival in New York City in 1996. In June ‘97, she traveled to Australia with members of the MSU School of the Arts, MSU dance students and alumni for performances and cultural enrichment in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She choreographed and performed in the Pro Danza Italia Summer Dance Festival in Castiglioncello, Italy in 1998 and 1999. Prof. Katterhenry was a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Schools of Dance from 2003-2009.
Kathleen Kelley is a choreographer, dancer, and dance filmmaker who recently joined the faculty of Montclair State University as an Assistant Professor of Dance Technique and Technology. Her choreographic work integrates the logic of dance performance into fields such as film, interactive technology, poetry, sculpture, and software design in addition to live performance. She has taught and designed courses in choreography for the camera, dance documentation, the history of dance cinema, and interactive performance technology with iPads. Originally from North Carolina, she received her BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Kelley is the artistic director of the independent dance and media company, Kathleen Kelley Dance (2010-present) and she was the co-artistic director of the NYC-based Labor Force Dances from 2006-2010. Her choreography has been shown at venues in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and New York, including the Center for Performance Research, the Tank NYC, the John Ryan Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research Open Performance, and Studio A.I.R. Her latest project, Digitized Figures, premiered in Boston at the Dance Complex in October 2014. As a performer, Prof. Kelley has performed internationally with artists such as NYC choreographers Deganit Shemy and Mei Yin Ng.
|Elizabeth McPherson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Coordinator, BA Dance Education Program
Ballet, Dance Methods, Dance for Children, Dance History, Repertory
Dr. McPherson is an associate professor and coordinator of the BA in Dance at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews and The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995, in addition to articles and reviews for Ballet Review, Dance Teacher Magazine, Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine and The Journal of Dance Education. Dr. McPherson has staged numerous 20th century dance works from Labanotation and other sources. Recent projects include Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown and excerpts from Anna Sokolow’s Scenes from the Music of Charles Ives. She is a board member of the Martha Hill Dance Fund and on the professional advisory committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Performance credits include: Ernesta Corvino’s Dance Circle Company, Avodah Dance Ensemble, and the Louis Johnson Dance Theatre.
Choreography, Repertory, and Dance History
Linda Roberts was on the faculty of Montclair State University from 1971-2013. In 2001, she was awarded the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award. Over the years, she has developed and taught a number of courses and helped to establish degree programs for the University. She has also been active at the state level in developing teacher certification for dance. Prof. Roberts currently teaches Dance History, Improvisation, Dance Appreciation, Methods and Materials for Teaching Dance and a section of the New Student Seminar course for dance majors. As a leading dancer in the DANCES/Janet Soares Company from 1971-1982, she performed in several New York City venues including ChoreoConcerts at The New School for Social Research, Dance Uptown, the American Theatre Laboratory, Dance Theatre Workshop, and The Little Orchestra Society concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Under the auspices of the DANCES/Janet Soares Company, and sponsored by Young Audiences, Prof. Roberts served as an artist in residence in New York City Schools from 1975-1980. After leaving the company, from 1987-1992, she gave solo performances of reconstructed Baroque dances from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Maxine Steinman has had an extensive career as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, spanning over 24 years. Her company, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, has been presented in numerous festivals and venues in the US and abroad such as Joyce Soho, The 92ndStreet Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Westfest Dance Festival, the American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO, the Joan Weil Center for Dance at Alvin Ailey, and in Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, and Cyprus, where she also taught classes. The O'Donnell-Green Foundation for Music and Dance awarded Prof. Steinman two grants for her choreographic work in collaboration with composers Dred Scott and Matthew Ferry. Over the past 16 years, she has been creating choreographic works for colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad, consistently setting new work on students from Montclair State University, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College and the Ailey School, where she also served as faculty. Prof. Steinman was a soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for 12 years and has performed with Denishawn Repertory Dancers, Mafata Dance Company, Robin Becker, Regina Larkin, Sue Bernhard, Spiritdance, Danceimprints, and in special projects with the José Limón Dance Company, among others. For two years, she directed the LINKS Program (the Limón Initiative Nurturing Kids Program), for the Limón Foundation, and currently stages excerpts of A Choreographic Offering by Jose Limón for universities. Prof. Steinman's education includes a BFA in dance from Adelphi University, an MA degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MFA in Dance/Performance from the University of Wisconsin Peck School of the Arts.
Christian von Howard, MFA
Christian von Howard holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary, Texas Christian University, and Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Prof. von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a New York-based contemporary dance company. As an international dance artist, he has worked with many renowned choreographic and producing artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. He is a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006). His choreographic work has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea, and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to name a few. His teaching artist highlights include the Interlochen Arts Camp, Dance New Amsterdam, the American Dance Festival, Korean Dance Festival and the Dance It! Festival (Bulgaria). Prof. von Howard is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where he was on faculty from 2008-2014. Outside of his academic and creative work at Montclair State University, he concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City where he has been on faculty since 1998.
Part-Time Faculty/Adjuncts/Visiting Specialists
Musical Theatre Dance