Pamela S Pietro

Academic Director; Associate Arts Professor

Pamela Pietro

Pamela Pietro received an BFA from Florida State University and MFA from University of Washington. She is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts. Pamela has performed professionally with Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance and bopi’s black sheep/dances. She was a dancer and the rehearsal director for Houlihan and Dancers from 1991–1999, artistic director Gerri Houlihan and rehearsal director for the New World Dance Ensemble Australian Tour in 1994. Pamela served as Mark Haim’s assistant for the Saint Joseph Ballet projects (2002,2004,2007) and part of their summer faculty in 2004. She has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997 and a guest teacher with the ADF linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China) and the Dance Library summer conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pamela has been on the faculty at Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, Hollins University, New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Dance New Amsterdam and a guest artist at universities all over the country. Pamela's choreography has been presented by Dancespace in Miami, Booker School for the Arts in Sarasota, Florida, Momentum Danza Company in Panama, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and presented at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor as well as the assistant to Irene Dowd in New York City. Pamela received the first place award for academics and performance from the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1985. Her latest research was presented at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki in 2007. Pamela choreographed and performed a new solo “Down is Down” in Phoenix, Arizona at the Ice House as part of the dulcedance company’s season. 

Pamela received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence 2012/2013. She fulfilled her 18th summer as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival where she taught contemporary technique, choreographed a new piece, taught a series of somatic classes to the Durham community, mentored 3 ADF/Hollins University graduate students on their thesis performances. She also continued her work with Irene Dowd in assisting her in a Neuromuscular Workshop at the ADF, as well as developing new material for our workshop in the summer of 2014. She has been asked to be a judge for the On Your Way, talent scholarship program, which awards scholarships to winners in acting, classical voice, creative writing, dancing, filmmaking, musical theater, filmmaking, and visual arts. All participants gain valuable exposure and feedback, and create online portfolios in the process. Pamela is working on a new piece for the company Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts in Mumbai, India for 2014.

Pamela has been touring her new solo with a group of women choreographers, SOLAS to Vermont, Texas, Florida, Michigan and NYC, and will continue touring this year, 2015-2016 to Florida and Boston.

She has spent the summer teaching at the American Dance Festival where she not only taught technique, but began developing a somatic practice to teach all levels of students/teachers/practitioners. She spent two weeks performing, teaching and choreographing in Malaysia with the "Building Bridges NY-Malaysia" developed through the ASWARA Arts Culture and Heritage Academy. Pamela spent five days in Boston at the Dance Complex teaching both technique and the work of Irene Dowd within a somatic conference. She then traveled to James Madison University to create a new quartet on the JMU Repertory Company. 

Pamela is on sabbatical for the Fall 2015 and traveling to India to visit two schools fusing contemporary and classical Indian dance on their pedagogical mission involved in bringing dance to the community for the greater good. She is then headed to Tel Aviv to continue with her research in pedagogy, as well as the choreographic practices of Yasmeen Goddard and Inbal Pinto.

This past year Pamela has been on the planning committee for an Improvisation Symposium to be held at NYU Tisch Department of Dance in January 2016. She is also collaborating with her colleague Andy Tierstein with his new project, Global Institute of Music and Dance, which is a three year international project involving dance, music and community integration.


Contemporary Dance Technique


B.F.A. Florida State University M.F.A. University of Washington