Renata Celichowska

Director, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

As Director of 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center, Renata Celichowska brings to her administrative tenure at 92Y a multi-faceted background in dance administration, education, performance and choreography. Renata’s arts management background includes assistant management for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center; archival work for the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs; the founding of an international workshop series entitled U.S. Dance Artists in Prague; and the producing, directing and writing of a book and two videotapes on the Erick Hawkins Modern Dance Technique. In 2007 an additional book entitled Seven Strategies of Survival: On the Possible & Impossible in Contemporary Dance was published through Dance & Movement Press, Rosen Publishing.

Coinciding closely with her arts administrative work and projects, Renata continues to teach and create dance works. Her choreographic work has been commissioned and presented in festivals and concerts both in the United States and Europe including festivals in Czech Republic, Poland, Italy and Greece. Multi-disciplinary collaborations have included: War Culture for Judson Church; Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival; choreography and movement direction for stage and film; and multiple collaborations with Danish composer, Rene Mogensen, using interactive dance, music and video technology.

From 1989-1992 Renata was a member and school instructor with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Since 1992, she has taught and continues to teach master classes and workshops through such venues as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, San Francisco’s New Performance Gallery, Seattle Dance Center, Old Dominion University’s Magnet High School, University of Colorado-Boulder, Yale, Temple, and Stanford Universities, Middlebury College and University of New Mexico. International teaching has included technique, repertory and choreography workshops in Italy, Greece, Germany, England, Poland and a two-year artist’s residency at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic.

Renata has been an adjunct faculty member with New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Dance Education Program since 1996. In addition to her teaching at NYU, Renata continues to teach both practical and academic courses for various institutions and populations including the US Elder Hostel Dance Program, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Empire State College independent study programs, and private tutorials in NYC. She has adjudicated for numerous high school, college and professional dance festivals and has served on the arts advisory committee for the Czech Ministry of Education. During the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 academic years she was a visiting professor at Yale University.

During the 2009-2010 season, 92nd Street Y’s Dance Center celebrated its 75th Anniversary as one of the nation’s oldest dance institutions still in its original location. Renata’s position as director of the Dance Center includes overseeing the programs that service the adult, children’s, dance professional and educational communicates through ongoing classes, special workshops and performance opportunities for all levels and interests in dance. Dance genres and areas of study offered at the center include Afro-Caribbean, Ballet, Ballroom, Body-Mind Disciplines, Dance Education, Dance Therapy, Duncan Technique, Flamenco, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Middle Eastern, Modern, Social Dance, Swing, Tap and World dance. The center offers approximately 90 classes weekly and more than 50 professional performances through three different venues annually. The Dance Education Laboratory offers professional development and training for current and future teachers of dance through Board of Education workshops and Dance Center college workshops, courses and intensives.

Renata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education, History and Aesthetics from New York University.