Faculty & Staff

Kara Davis
Artist in Residence
Richards Lodge 103, 510.430.3261,
Office Hours: By appointment only
Professional Interests: Classical ballet, improvisation, contemporary dance and partnering, dance pedagogy, choreographic/collaborative process, corporeal empowerment

Sonya Delwaide
Professor of Dance
Richards Lodge 104, 510.430.3258,
Professional Interests: Modern techniques, ballet, choreography, composition, partnering, movement for actors, dance theater, repertory

Molissa Fenley
Professor of Dance, Spring
Richards Lodge 102, 510.430.3185,
Professional Interests: Choreography, repertory, technique, thesis supervision

Ann Murphy
Associate Professor of Dance
Department Head
Richards Lodge 107, 510.430.3301,
Professional Interests: The role of the American West in the rise of 20th century dance; the screendance partnership of Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple; Africanist influences in the dance of Molissa Fenley; dance criticism; dance at the margins; contemporary ballet

Sheldon Smith
Adjunct Professor
Richards Lodge 101, 510.430.3260,
Professional Interests: Dancing, making dances, making music, working with dance and technology, making video art

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Visiting Scholars & Artists

Katherine McGinity
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Spring
Richards Lodge 102, 510.430.2175, 510.430.2175,
Professional Interests: Classical and contemporary ballet, choreography and improvisation, the Balanchine legacy, Laban Movement Analysis, dance pedagogy, Vaudeville, musical theater, tap dance as an American art form, 20th century German choreographers


Sylvia Nuzzo Philis
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Richards Lodge 108, 510.430.2175,

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Last Updated: 9/18/18