Lecturer of Dance
Barbara attended Point Park College, University of Pittsburgh,
and the University of British Columbia, and holds a teaching
diploma and certificate from the Royal Academy College in
London, England. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she
served as Director of the University of Nevada, Reno Dance
Program from 1995 to 2010.
Barbara is internationally known for her writings on dance history, dancers’ wellness and injury
prevention. She has choreographed for The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra (Carmina Burana,
Romeo and Juliet, and Rodeo); The Nevada Opera (HMS Pinafore, Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus,
Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, The Merry Widow and Carmen); Reno Chamber Orchestra
(Clearly McCleer The Clocks); and University of Nevada, Reno (Amahl and the Night Visitor,
Hansel and Gretel, and The Merry Widow). She has taught at Vassar College; New York
Wagner College summer program, Staten Island; Banff Center for the Arts, Canada; Pepperdine
University summer program; Ballet Metropolitan, Columbus, Ohio; and the Royal Academy of
Dancing International Summer School.
Barbara has written History of Dance and Culture Part I; History of Dance and Culture Part II;
Dance Composition; Dance and Theater Production; Methods of Movement Activities K‐12;
Dance for the Special Child and Writings in Dance Criticism and Aesthetics.
Barbara is the recipient of the State of Nevada Governor’s Arts Award in Dance and the
Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts.
In the summer of 2010, she made her second trip to the Peruvian Amazon to study the rituals
of the rainforest.