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The value of your Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Slippery Rock University is clearly demonstrated by the diverse, professional careers of our alumni.  Read the newsletter links (located to the right) for information on alumni careers. 

Tara Madsen Robbins

SPOTLIGHT: Tara Madsen Robbins (class of 2004) Tara Madsen Robbins is a professional performer, choreographer and educator based in Philadelphia. She performed with the modern dance company Tania Isaac Dance where they performed the evening length works of "Standpipe" & "Stuporwoman." The company toured nationally to Jacobs Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, Aaron Davis Hall-Harlem Stage, as well as many college residencies. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her work internationally throughout Spain, Guatemala, Italy, Greece and Scotland where her work received critical acclaim. Nationally, she has presented her work throughout Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Louisville, Tulsa, Madison, Durham, Monterey, and Washington D.C. She earned her MFA in Performance & Choreography from Smith College where she was awarded a teaching fellowship and full tuition scholarship. She earned her BA from Slippery Rock University where she was awarded the Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarship as well as The Outstanding Choreography Award in the Department of Dance. She has been Adjunct Faculty in the dance department at DeSales University since 2006 and also teaches at Montgomery County Community College. She teaches a variety of courses including all levels of contemporary modern, jazz and tap technique, Dance Composition, Introduction to Dance, Repertory, and Improvisation. Tara has served as a Guest Artist where her choreography was commissioned by Bucknell University, SUNY University at Buffalo, Northhampton County College and William Allen High School. She has been invited as a master teacher/ choreographer to various venues including dance camps, festivals, conventions, conservatories as well as many private studios along east coast. Tara is also a licensed GYROTONIC® instructor.  

SPOTLIGHT: Rosie Trump (class of 2003) Rosie Trump is the director of the dance program at Rice University, holds a BA in dance from Slippery Rock University and a MFA in Experimental Dance Choreography from UC Riverside.  She is a three-time recipient of the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts and received a Special Initiatives Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.   Her teaching credits include Seton Hill University and Mt. San Jacinto College.  Her choreography has recently been presented at the Big Range Dance Festival and the Houston Fringe Festival, where she received an "Audience Favorite" award. Her dance films have been screened at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Dance Camera West at the Mandrake and Dance Under Construction. Trump is the founder and curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival. 

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Zinni, Class of 2012, for being selected as SRU Outstanding Senior Woman.
Elizabeth Zinni - Class of 2012

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