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 Nora Ambrosio 



Nora Ambrosio


Nora Ambrosio is a full professor and has been at SRU since 1988, where she teaches dance composition, dance history, creative dance for children, teaching of dance, senior synthesis and introduction to dance. She has written Learning about Dance, 6th edition (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, IA, 2011), which is used in dance departments throughout the country and Canada and has sold over 150,000 copies. A new on-line version has also recently been published. Kendall/Hunt Publishers also published her latest text, The Excellent Instructor and the Teaching of Dance Technique (2nd edition, 2012). She is a prolific grant writer and has secured over forty grants for the Department of Dance, the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and her own artistic endeavors. Nora remains active in the downtown revitalization of the Village at Slippery Rock, and has been instrumental in bringing the arts to the downtown area and securing grant and private funding for commissioned public art pieces. Nora choreographs for both student and professional venues, and for many years created dance/theatre work with her husband, David Skeele, as part of Ambrosio/Skeele Dance/Theatre. She has been elected to the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Dance, where she also serves as a site visitor for college and university dance programs across the country. She is on the Nominating Committee of the National Dance Museum’s C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. She served as the artistic director of SRU Dance Theatre for nine years and again in 2010-2011, and as the director of the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in 2008-2009. Nora was the chairperson of the Department of Dance from 1998-2011, successfully achieving national accreditation for the department in 2000, and reaccreditation in 2006 and 2011.