New Dance Director Donna Faye Burchfield Featured in 'Chronicle of Higher Education'

Award-winning dancer, choreographer and educator talks about the exciting changes she has in store for the University's Dance programs

November 19, 2010

Donna Faye Burchfield, the award-winning dancer, choreographer, dance educator and newly appointed director of the School of Dance at the University of the Arts, was recently featured in the "Arts & Academe" section of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the Q&A with freelance journalist Rebecca J. Ritzel, Burchfield talks about her move from North Carolina to Philadelphia, what changes she has in store for the University's Dance programs, and how her past work will influence the development of a dance curriculum designed for the 21st century.

Most recently, she served as dean of the American Dance Festival (ADF), where she began as a student 28 years earlier. She has also served as artistic director of the Hollins (Va.) University/ADF Master of Fine Arts in Dance program and as chair of the school's Dance department since 1993.
Burchfield, who holds a BFA and MFA from Texas Christian University, joined the University of the Arts in late August succeeding Susan Glazer, who retired after 29 years as director of the School of Dance.

Above: Donna Faye with UArts dance students

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