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Diane Arvanites

Modern; Modern Partnering Faculty

Diane Arvanites has been in the dance profession for more than 30 years—first as a performer, then as a choreographer, educator and administrator.  She is Founder and co-Artistic Director (with Tommy Neblett) of Prometheus Dance Company and The Elders Ensemble (a group of post-professional dancers ages 60–90).  As a performer, Ms. Arvanites danced with Accion Collectiva in Caracas Venezulea for three years, until 1987 when she returned to Boston and founded Prometheus Dance, which has four times been named “One of the Years’ Ten Best in Dance” by The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Boston Phoenix newspapers.  As a choreographer, Ms. Arvanites has received a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, four Artist Grants in Choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick.  Her dances have been performed at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce SoHo, the Emerson Majestic, and throughout New England, Spain, France, Mexico, Venezuela and Ecuador.  As an educator, Ms. Arvanites teaches at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, The Boston Conservatory and at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, where Prometheus Dance is in residence.  Arvanites earned her B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory and was awarded it’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

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