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Friday, March 12
Christian von Howard
Contemporary
Monday, March 15
Stefanie Batten Bland
Improvisation
Dancers at Montclair State University are preparing for extraordinary lives. The Dance Division of the Department of Theatre & Dance has educated dance professionals for a wide range of careers for more than 50 years. Our location, just 14 miles west of Manhattan, puts students’ minutes away from Broadway productions, world-class dance performances, and internships. Our undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs prepare students for careers as performers, teachers, director/choreographers, and backstage specialists. The Montclair State Dance Division combines conservatory-based training in many genres of dance with a liberal arts curriculum to support students in achieving their career goals. Students are offered ample opportunities to choreograph, teach, and perform in conjunction with their coursework.

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Christian von Howard

Christian von Howard

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based in New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Fred Benjamin, Fernando Bujones, Daniel Gwirtzman and his choreography has been produced in venues across the globe including Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the US. Christian is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, on faculty at the Alvin Ailey School, and serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

stefanie batten bland

Stefanie Batten Bland

Stefanie Batten Bland was the head choreographer of the Paris Opera Comique, in France under direction of Jérôme Savary, Stefanie founded Company SBB. In addition to dances commissioned by the Second Avenue Dance Company (New York City), Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis, MN), Transitions Dance Company (London), Alvin Ailey ll Company (New York City) and Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Batten Bland’s work for her own troupe, Company SBB, has been seen in the United States, Europe and Asia. As a performer Batten Bland danced for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sean Curran Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Angelin Preljocaj and Julie Taymor, Compagnie Georges Momboye, Compagnie Linga, Pal Frenak, Pina Bausch Tanz Theater Wuppertal and Punch Drunk.