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Pamela Vail

Pamela Vail is a choreographer, performer, improviser, and teacher.  She is currently assistant professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College.  Before moving to Lancaster, she spent 8 years living and dancing professionally in New York City. In addition to being a co-founding member of The Architects, Vail is a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi with whom she has been performing and touring since 1995. Vail continues to create and perform her own work, and she has also had the pleasure of working with and being inspired by such artists as Penny Campbell, Terry Creach, Heidi Henderson/elephant JANE dance, Tori Lawrence, Andrea Olsen, Peter Schmitz, Susan Sgorbati, and of course The Architects, among others. Recently venturing into the realm of dance on camera, her collaborations with filmmaker Jeremy Moss have been shown in film festivals around the world, with new projects underway. Philosopher Keith Lehrer, another recent collaborator, lectures on art and meaning while Vail improvises. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College, and has been dancing since she was six years old.

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