Staff Bio

Nancy Long - Artistic Director & President

As Artistic Director of Utica Dance, Nancy establishes the curriculum for the ballet classes and shares the teaching of all levels of ballet in the Children's, Pre-professional and Adult Divisions. In addition to choreographing original works, ranging from contemporary dances to children’s story ballets, Nancy prepares students auditioning for college, conservatory or summer dance programs.

Students have gone on to study or perform with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet (Official School of the New York City Ballet), Juilliard, Martha Graham, Dance Theater of Harlem, North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, NYSSSA, Metropolitan Opera, Chautauqua Institution, Ballet Black (London), Doug Varone and Giordano Dance (Chicago) among many others. ¬†As a member of the New York State DanceForce, Nancy serves as a ‘Dance Activist’, working to promote dance in Central New York. Nancy partners yearly with Hamilton College Performing Arts and Mohawk Valley Community College to host a dance company for the benefit of hundreds of school children, dance students and general audiences.

Previously, for thirty-one years Nancy was Professor of Dance and Dance Program Coordinator of the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. In 1984 Nancy co-founded and ran the Utica Dance Works, which she directed until 1989. This modern dance troupe provided professional opportunities for regional dancers, choreographers and musicians. Since 1982, Nancy has been a guest choreographer and visiting guest lecturer at Hamilton College, and she continues to collaborate with Hamilton College Choir in choreographing their musicals. She has also been commissioned by the Utica Symphony Orchestra to choreograph dances that have been performed at the Stanley Center for the Arts.

Before retiring from a performing career, Nancy danced throughout the U.S. and Europe with the New York City-based Joyce Trisler Dance Company, and appeared as a guest with the Washington Opera Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Jose Limon dance companies. She attended California Institute of the Arts and holds a bachelor’s degree from Pace University.