Wallie Wolfgruber

Ballet for Dancers

03.06., 05.06., 07.06.19, 14:00–15:30

Training for Dancers


Wallie Wolfgruber is a German-born dance artist who has been living and working in New York for the past 30 years. She has enjoyed a distinguished performing, directing, choreographic and teaching career. Highlights include being a principal dancer with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and a member of the Ohad Naharin Dance Company. Directing credits include: Director of the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College, State University of New York (2010-2014); Undergraduate Director, Dance Department, College at Brockport, SUNY; Co-Founder/Director SEAD, Salzburg, Austria; Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based Wallie Wolfgruber & Company. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the Abrons Arts Center, La Mama E.T.C., the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and with DanceNow at the Joyce Soho, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, the Duke on 42nd Street and Dance Theater Workshop. International work includes commissions from Frontier Danceland and NAFA in Singapore, and travelling to Africa, researching Maasai dances, and teaching and performing in orphanages in remote, rural areas in Kenya. Most recently, she choreographed a new work during a creative residency in Lisbon, Portugal and performed it at the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub/Public Theater in New York. Ms. Wolfgruber holds an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was on faculty at Florida State University, Rutgers University, Manhattanville College and the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is an Associate Professor at Purchase College. Her teaching is influenced by her studies in somatic practices such as the Trager® Approach/Psychophysical Integration which she was certified in in 1996.

Class description

Wallie Wolfgruber teaches a ballet class that is both rigorous and has a contemporary sensitivity. She emphasizes anatomically correct body alignment, connectivity, fluid transitions, transversing space and dynamic phrasing. The class is designed to help dancers find the natural balance between releasing unnecessary muscle tension while building strength in areas where it is needed. A regular class consists of barre, adagio, center practice, a traveling or waltz combination, petit and grand allegro.