University of Buffalo

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Michael Deeb Weaver,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jenna Del Monte,
Clinical Assistant Professor

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University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

The University at Buffalo’s dance program is built on the belief that dance is a fundamental expression of humanity with the ability to inform, transform, reflect upon, and lead local and global change in the 21st century. UB Dance is a nurturing and challenging artistic community where Versatility Matters.

Our BA and BFA programs include comprehensive training in modern, ballet, tap and jazz, along with coursework in choreography, pedagogy, somatic practices, Laban Movement Analysis, history and criticism, research, dance kinesiology, improvisation, music theatre dance, and social dance. Unique to our programs are offerings in comparative jazz styles.

This broad course of study combined with strong interdisciplinary general education requirements cultivates resourceful and informed artists who work in concert dance, commercial dance, private sector, higher education, dance entrepreneurship, dance journalism and pursue graduate study.

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Michael Deeb

Michael Deeb Weaver

Michael Deeb Weaver is an accomplished dancer, actor, instructor, and choreographer splitting his time between New York City and Buffalo, NY. His experiences as a performer have ranged from concert dance to musical theatre to commercial work – and (almost) everything in between. He holds a BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo, where he is also a current faculty member, teaching jazz, tap, and musical theatre dance styles.

Michael’s performance credits have taken him all over the world, including National Tours of A Chorus Line (Mike), and Young Frankenstein the Musical (Swing). As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he has served as Dance Captain, Assistant Choreographer, and/or Assistant Director for productions of Kinky Boots, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Mame, and Young Frankenstein the Musical (West Coast regional premiere). Additional regional theatre credits include West Side Story, Hello, Dolly!, Saturday Night Fever, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Joseph…, and Beauty and the Beast.

In addition to numerous industrials, Michael has performed for Celebrity Cruises and Six Flags. These experiences have allowed him to work with notable directors and choreographers like Baz Luhrmann, Connor Gallagher, Baayork Lee, Jeff Whiting, Jeffry Denman, Marc Robin, and Susan Stroman.

Jenna Del Monte

Jenna Del Monte

Jenna Del Monte

Jenna Del Monte Zavrel is an educator, choreographer, and performance artist with creative interests in proscenium group work, dance on film, and music editing and arrangement. Prior to beginning her career as a teaching artist in higher education, Jenna has performed professionally and internationally with notable choreographers: Dan Wagoner, Jawole Willa Zollar and Urban Bush Women, Michael Foley, Taye Diggs, Tim Glenn, Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Anthony Morgan, Richard Haisma and Geomantics Dance, and more.

As a working artist, Jenna’s proscenium work and screen dances are regularly selected for participation in national and international festivals with some including: the Austin Dance Festival (TX,) MashUP IWD Showcase (Los Angeles, CA) Athens International Dancing Festival (GREECE) International Dance Festival (MA) Versatility Dance Festival (CA.) Jacobs Pillow, D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival (SCOTLAND), White WAVE Festival, KoDaFe Dance Festival (NY), Sarasota Dance Festival (FL) The Artists for Hope International Film Festival, KoDaFe International Film Festival, DANCE SHORTS (NYC) and the Women in Dance Leadership Conference.

Jenna is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance specializing in choreography, dance on film, and technical training in modern and ballet. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance and Choreography) from Florida State University’s School of Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a Minor in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Jenna is also on faculty for national Dance Master’s of America organization, is certified instructor in the Cecchetti method of ballet, and holds a Pilates certification from Body One Studios.

Research interests: Dance composition, Dance on film, Contemporary, Ballet