Selected Alumni Bios

Elizabeth McPherson

Elizabeth McPherson,Ph.D. 2006, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the BA in Dance Education at Montclair State University,received a BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a Ph.D. from New York University. She has been a faculty member of Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, Fieldston Lower of The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, The City College of New York and NYU. Dr. McPherson has written the book The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995 as well as articles and reviews for various publications including  Dance Teacher Magazine, Ballet-Dance Magazine, and Ballet Review.

She enjoys staging historical dance works such as Helen Tamiris' Negro Spirituals and Yvonne Rainer's "Chair Pillow Dance"from Continuous Project Altered Daily. In the 1990s, Dr. McPherson performed across the country with Avodah Dance Ensemble, was also a member of Ernesta Corvino's Dance Circle Company, and appeared with The Louis Johnson Dance Theatre. She is currently working on a new book with the working title: Personal Reflections on the Bennington School of the Dance.