Nancy Lushington, Chair of Dance
Jan Dijkwel, Assistant Professor/Recruitment Officer
Named Top 10 Colleges for Dance—College Magazine 2020, Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department uniquely provides a strong dance program, rigorous curriculum, and excellent faculty combined with a well-rounded education that comes from being part of a liberal arts college. It is the department’s philosophy that this combination offers the best preparation for the dancer to perform on and off stage.
We offer both a BFA and BA in Dance, we strongly encourage study in interrelated disciplines of Dance rich with creativity and opportunity. Our movement classes offer a rigorous approach to the physical and verbal command of dance vocabulary. Students are encouraged to develop aesthetic awareness that illuminates multicultural, intersectional, and artistic innovations, and also examines stylistic traditions and historical and cultural perspectives within a global context. Students are able to pursue a minor or a double major in other areas of the College’s curriculum.
Nancy Lushington graduated with departmental honors in dance from Adelphi University. She danced as a soloist with the May O’Donnell Concert Dance Company for over 15 years. She has performed professionally with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Theater Dance Collection, The Asolo Opera, and Verlezza Dance, as well as in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared on television in May O’Donnell’s Dance Energies, Mass, and was a featured dancer in a national commercial choreographed by Lynne Taylor Corbett. She is one of the few dancers who set Ms. O’Donnell’s works both in the US and abroad. She has choreographed over 30 works for colleges, universities, and regional companies. Ms. Lushington teaches internationally annually in Cyprus; Graz, Austria; and at Bolzano Danza in Italy. She has also taught Master Classes in Ferrara, Barcelona, London and throughout the United States. She has served on the faculty at Adelphi University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and The New York School for Film and Television, and Stephens College and was the Artistic Director of the Dance In Education Fund, Inc. for 19 years. She serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance.
Jan Dijkwel completed his BFA in Ballet Performance at the Dutch National Ballet Academy, the Netherlands after which Dijkwel performed extensively with the Dutch National Ballet. Jan received his MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University. He has been a regular guest teacher at Ballet West. Following an invitation of the Albanian Minister of Culture, he taught, choreographed, and consulted for the Tirana Opera Ballet, Tirana College of Arts, and the Albanian Academy of Arts. Jan has set all major classical full-length ballets and is a sought-after trainer/coach for professional dancers and international ballet competitors. His work has been performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Jan teaches and choreographs regularly in Japan and has served as Director of multiple Summer Ballet Workshops over the years.