Anna R. Nassif
Department of Kinesiology
School of Education Dance Program
Lathrop Hall 1050 University Avenue
University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Education: 1955: BM. 1956: MM, West Virginia University. 1965: MFA in dance performance, choreography, music and Asian theater, University of Wisconsin. 1957: Fine Arts Summer Dance Studio Study: Connecticut College. 1961-1962: New York Studios: Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Louis Horst, Nina Fonaroff and Alwin Nikolais. June 1964: Wigman School. Summer (Two Weeks)-1964: Cologne Study with Todd Bollender. Summers-1984, 1985, 1986: Fine Arts Certificates in Drawing and Painting, Paris American Academy. 1987: Summer Dance Study-Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.
Music Career: 1956-1957: Music School Supervisor in Painesville, Ohio. 1957-1961: Instructor of Music and Dance at University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Wisconsin.
Dance Career: 1962-1965: University of Wisconsin-PA, TA, Instructor in Dance.1964-Summer: Mary Wigman School – Guest Artist, Study–Wigman School, Berlin, Germany. 1966-1967: Rockefeller grant for year of study, research, performance and choreography in India with Mrinalini Sarabhai and Maya Rao. 1969-1973: Summer travel and study of Flamenco and castanets in Spain with Mercedes and Albano. 1967: UW-Associate Professor. 1975: UW-Full Professor. 1998: granted Professor Emeritus status.
Awards: 1966: Rockefeller Grant. 1969-1990s: Numerous UW Graduate School research grants for dance and the related arts study in United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 1993: Sabbatical for research in South East Asia. Plaudit Award from NDA. Outstanding Alumni in Music from WVU Creative Arts Center. Margaret H’Doubler Award granted by Wisconsin Dance Council. Governor of Wisconsin’s Award.
Scholarly and Artistic Productivity: 1963-1998 – Presented approximately 200 Choreographic Works, Lecture-Demonstrations-Master classes. Engaged in research and archival work for future study. Founded UW Dance Repertory and Anna Nassif Dance Theater. Pioneered in film and live dance. Published five articles in the 1990s. Author of Choreographing the Wisconsin Dance Idea – unpublished manuscript. Gave lecture-demonstrations in alternate spaces in Paris, Ahmadabad, Bombay, New Delhi, Jerusalem, Cairo, Beirut, Manila, Hong Kong, Cordoba, Argentina and other places.
Teaching: Taught various levels of technique, founded, developed and taught all levels of dance repertory; taught and developed advanced courses in composition, history, theory and philosophy, production and criticism; taught public school music, directed children’s choirs, supervised teachers, taught voice and piano.
Service: Served as chairperson of the UW Dance Program, 1979-1981; served as resident choreographer, artistic director, coordinator, producer for specific concerts and lecture series, directed independent study programs, advised graduates in the MFA program and served as committee member and reader for PHD program candidates, served on dance program and school of education program committees and as a faculty senator for seven years, was a member of state, national and international dance organizations.