Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Performer
Rain Ross believes that dance should be an intellectual as well as a physical pursuit – a belief that informs her teaching, her choreography, and her performance. Her approach engages the whole self to create dance that is articulate and expressive – that is fully embodied artistry.
Ross trained at the Cornish College of the Arts, Preparatory Division. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She has worked with a diverse range of choreographers including Wade Madsen, Toni Pimble, David Dorfman, Catherine Cabeen, and Hannah Wiley, and has performed with The Playhouse Dance Company in South Africa, and Arc Dance in Seattle. Ross has presented her work at the A.W.A.R.D. Show, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, SB-ADaPT Festival, DUMBO Dance, and others. In 2011, she participated in the first annual International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon, for which she is now the International Guest Artist Coordinator. Ross has also presented papers at Congress on Research in Dance and The Association of American Geographers. Currently, Ross serves as Associate Professor of Dance at Stockton University in New Jersey.