Paula Weber


Member, NASD Commission on Accreditation
Elected September 2017, term ends September 2020

Paula Weber is Professor of Ballet and Chair of Dance in the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching and faculty service. She has studied ballet with such masters as Billie Jacobson, Karen Rhoda (hometown teachers at a studio with cement tile floors; George Verdak, William Glenn, Peggy Dorsey, Bud Kerwin, Betty Gore (Butler), Maria Tallchief, Richard Tanner (Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago), Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Bobby Rodham, Basil Thompson, Paul Sutherland, Ted Kivitt, Brunilda Ruiz (Milwaukee Ballet), Larry Long, Marjorie Mussman, and Maggie Black (favorite teachers). During her professional career, Ms. Weber performed solo and principal roles of more than 45 major works. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet (principal), the Albany Berkshire Ballet (principal), Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago (soloist), Chicago Ballet and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, and guest principal artist with the Hartford Ballet. She is currently the assistant director and rehearsal director for the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and is ballet mistress for the Albany Berkshire Ballet.

Professor Weber has been a guest instructor of ballet throughout the United States. In 1996, she was invited to be a guest instructor of ballet for the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, making her the second American ballet instructor to teach at that conservatory. She was invited in the spring of 2015 to guest teach in Tianjin, China and Sofia, Bulgaria. She is on the official adjudicator list for Regional Dance America and has served as secretary, President-elect, President and Past-President of the CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.

Professor Weber’s choreography has been performed by the Kansas City Ballet, the Albany Berkshire Ballet, the Kansas Regional Ballet, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Midwest Youth Ballet, Alexandra Ballet, Kansas City Youth Ballet, Allegro Ballet of Houston, and City in Motion. She has received three Craft of Choreography Awards from Regional Dance America (2004, 2008, and 2014). In 2010 she received the Regional Dance America National Choreographic Award and was named a choreographer for the 2011 National Choreographers Initiative.

Professor Weber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Butler University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Smith College.

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Posted October 2017