About The Festival
WMSDF is an exploration of movement and creativity for students, educators, and anyone looking to enrich and deepen his or her understanding of the moving body and the creative process. Under Artistic Director Laura Glenn, WMSDF offers an internationally recognized innovative and comprehensive approach that combines specialized training, personal attention, and hands-on instruction. Nine faculty members work together to present a cohesive curriculum with more than 12 hours of instruction daily. All classes are taught by gifted educators committed to helping participants reach their maximum potential in dance and movement artistry. It is a program that supports breakthroughs in technique, creativity, and life. Enrollment is limited to 40 resident participants to ensure a four-to-one student-to-faculty ratio.
Artistic Director & Founder
Laura Glenn is a senior faculty member at the Juilliard School, her alma mater, where she has taught for the last 31 years. She also directs and produces the Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon in Hartford, CT, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. As director of her own dance company, WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance, she has created more than 35 works and is recognized internationally as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has also taught at Marymount Manhattan and Teacher’s College, the Alvin Ailey School, Lincoln Center Institute, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, and she is a Certified Movement Analyst.
Over the last 30 years, Laura has received fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Roberts and Dance Magazine foundations. Her professional experience includes touring extensively with teaching programs, presenting her own solo program, dancing as a soloist with the Limón Company (11 years), and staging Limón works in addition to the touring of her own company. As the artistic director of White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Laura Glenn nurtured its growth since its inception.
WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance is known for its performing and teaching residencies throughout the United States and Europe, including major festivals in Holland, London, Paris, and New York. W/LGD has performed in New York City at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s Church, and for the National Performance Network. W/LGD has been awarded grants from the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
About Barnard College Of Columbia University
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.