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Associate Professor of Dance, Department Chair of Theatre & Dance



Office: MEY101


Vail is a practicing choreographer, performer, and improviser who has been dancing since she was six years old.  She is a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi, with whom she has performed, toured and taught extensively since 1995.  Vail is also a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation ensemble, with whom she teaches, creates, and performs both choreographed and improvised work. Independent choreographers with whom Vail has worked include Terry Creach, Heidi Henderson/elephant JANE dance, Tori Lawrence (F&M ’10) and Peter Schmitz, among others.  Vail has recently ventured into the world of dance on film, collaborating with filmmaker Jeremy Moss, Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies at F&M; their work has been shown in film festivals around the world, and they are continuing to collaborate on new projects.  Philosopher Keith Lehrer is another recent collaborator, with whom Vail has improvised as he lectures on art and meaning. Vail teaches master classes and performs her own choreography nationally and internationally. 


  • B.A., Middlebury College
  • M.F.A., Smith College


Improvisation, choreography, performance.

Course Information

TDF 200-201 and TDF 300-301.  Dance Production Ensemble I and II.

TDF 218.  Intermediate Modern Dance Technique and Composition.

TDF 227.  Intermediate Ballet.

TDF 260.  Compositional Improvisation.

TDF 317.  Advanced Modern Dance Technique and Performance.

TDF 320.  Kinesiology for Dance.

TDF 330.  Choreography and the Creative Process.

TDF 345.  Videodance.