Barbara holds an M.A. in Dance Education (New York University) and a B.A. in Dance (University of California, Irvine). She is an Assistant Professor in Dance and Arts Online at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Teaching includes: Jazz Dance; History of Broadway Dance--a course that she authored--Broadway Dance Technique, Dance History: World Survey, Dance Appreciation Online, Introduction to Dance Studies and Dance Improvisation. She also teaches MFA courses in Research and Pedagogy for Online Dance Education.
Previous teaching includes: Choreography for the Theatre (Hofstra University); History and Performance of Musical Theater, Ballet and Jazz Dance (Drew University), Musical Theatre Dance and weekly musical theatre audition workshops (Steinhardt School at NYU); Movement for Actors, movement and combat for Academy Company plays, and musical theatre/period movement workshops (American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC; Ballet and Musical Theatre Dance (Lee Strasberg Institute, substitute).
Barbara danced for 5 years in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and was dance captain and dancer for The Radio City Easter Spectacular for 4 years. She was featured in Broadway Backwards 5 (soloist) at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway Backwards 6 (Dance Captain) at the Longacre Theater, and Broadway Backwards 7 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway.
Credits also include: The Oakland Ballet Company (soloist), The Gypsy of the Year Awards, and featured dance roles in Actor's Equity Association musicals. Barbara has had the great fortune to work with Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Robert Bartley, Florence Henderson,
Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters and
Choreographer & Researcher
Barbara's current creative research and choreography are focused on A(i)da Overton Walker, an iconic black feminist dancer, choreographer, and creative director who forwarded new ideas about black, female performers in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Barbara is the founder of and artistic director for Hysterika Jazz Dance Company, a dance company dedicated to paying tribute to the black African Diasporic origins of jazz dance and the relationship of social justice to the evolution of jazz dance. Dance works are often intertwined with historical explorations: Tightrope, inspired by a study of Bob Fosse; eat Crow, inspired by the life, and movement of Josephine Baker and 1920s chorus dancers; and Mi Maschera (Mask Me) which explored the opportunities that Venetian masks may have provided for women of the Baroque era to explore repressed identities. Barbara performed the solo from eat Crow as part of an event at the National Black Theatre in Harlem--"Celebrating Black Excellence." She also choreographed Hot Miss Lil--based on the life and music of Lil Hardin Armstrong--and Doin' My Jazz, which was inspired by the movement and music of James Brown.