Training for Dancers
Wallie Wolfgruber is a German-born dance artist who has been living and working in New York for the past 40 years and currently divides her time between Berlin and New York. She has enjoyed a dynamic performing, directing, choreographic, and teaching career. Highlights include being a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and a member of the Ohad Naharin Dance Company. She also performed with Dave Grenke, Sung Soo Ahn, Donald Byrd, Keith Young, Rod Rogers and Jessica Iwanson, and in MTV videos and TV shows. More recently, she performed at the Skirball Theatre with an all-star cast in In Conversation with Merce, directed by Netta Yerushalmy. Directing credits include: Director of the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College, State University of New York (2010-2014); Undergraduate Director, Dance Department, College at Brockport, SUNY; Co-Founder/Director SEAD, Salzburg, Austria; Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based Wallie Wolfgruber & Company.
Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the Abrons Arts Center, La Mama E.T.C., the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and with DanceNow at the Joyce Soho, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street and Dance Theater Workshop and on national tours with Celebration of Dance, a principal dancer collective directed by Dwight Rhoden and Daniel Baudendistel. International work includes commissions from Frontier Danceland and NAFA in Singapore, and teaching, learning and performing in orphanages in rural Kenya. Wallie holds an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was on faculty at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College, and the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Purchase College. Her teaching is influenced by her studies in somatic practices such as the Trager® Approach/Psychophysical Integration.
Wallie Wolfgruber teaches a ballet class that is both challenging and has a contemporary sensitivity. She emphasizes anatomically correct body alignment, connectivity, fluid transitions, transversing space, and dynamic phrasing. The class is designed to help dancers find the natural balance between releasing unnecessary muscle tension while building strength in areas where it is needed. A regular class consists of barre, adagio, center practice, a traveling or waltz combination, petit and grand allegro.