College of Fine Arts and Communication

dance department


Faculty and Staff

Jayne Bernasconi

Part-time Faculty


Office:   Center for the Arts 1002R
Phone:   410-704-5673
Fax:   410-704-3752



M.A. in Dance Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1986
B.A. in Dance, University of Maryland College Park, 1983


Jayne BernasconiJayne Bernasconi (dancer/choreographer/author/yogini) has been a leader in the field of dance and yoga over 35 years. Her award winning choreography has been seen throughout the United States and abroad. She trained and danced with several leading NYC post-modern choreographers including Alwin Nikolais, David Gordon, Stephen Petronio, Pooh Kaye, Steve Paxton and Bill T. Jones. She was the founder and artistic director of Forces of Ability, a movement project including people of all abilities founded in Vermont in 1992 with Steve Paxton and Boulder, Colorado (1995-1999). She reconstructed “Sorcerer” choreographed by Alwin Nikolais and performed it for “The Art of the Solo” in 2007 and at the Historic Aerial Dance performance at ADF in 2008. "Bernasconi’s performance was flawless, including a split second disappearance...." quote by Donald Atwood of World Dance Review.

Ms. Bernasconi was the founder and artistic director of Air Dance Bernasconi, an aerial dance company based in Baltimore, Maryland 2000 - 2010. From 1995-1999 she danced with Frequent Flyers Productions based in Boulder, CO where she worked with aerial pioneers Nancy Smith, Terry Sendgraff and Robert Davidson. She has also taught and participated in the internationally acclaimed Aerial Dance Festival from 1999 - 2012. She co-authored the book/DVD “Aerial Dance” with Nancy Smith, foreword by Murray Louis.

Ms. Bernasconi has been on dance faculty at Towson University since 1999 teaching all levels of modern dance, composition, aerial dance and yoga. Currently, she is the owner of Yoga On York, ( where she teaches both aerial and traditional yoga.

Watch the 2014 video documentary created by Park School intern student, Jessie Lamworth.

Watch a documentry about aerial dance at Towson University








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