M.A. in Dance Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1986
B.A. in Dance, University of Maryland College Park, 1983
Jayne Bernasconi, founder and artistic director of Air Dance Bernasconi, an aerial dance company based in Baltimore, Maryland since 2000. From 1995-1999 she danced with Frequent Flyers Productions based in Boulder, CO where she worked with aerial pioneers Terry Sendgraff and Robert Davidson. She also taught and participated in the Internationally acclaimed Aerial Dance Festival from it’s inception in 1999 until the present to teach, perform and in 2008 launched her new book/DVD “Aerial Dance” co-written with Nancy Smith and Foreward by Murray Louis. She received her B.A. in Dance at UM College Park, and an M.A. in Dance Education (1986) from Teachers College, Columbia Univ. in NYC where she studied at the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab and danced with several leading NYC post modern choreographers including Stephen Petronio, Pooh Kaye and Bill T. Jones. Ms. Bernasconi is also the founder and artistic director of Forces of Ability, a movement project that includes people of all abilities founded in Vermont in 1992 with Steve Paxton, inventor of contact improvisation, and Boulder, Colorado (1995-1999) . In September, 2007, Ms. Bernasconi reconstructed “Sorcerer” choreographed by Alwin Nikolais in 1960 and performed it for “The Art of the Solo.” 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 Reivew). Ms. Bernasconi has won several local and national awards, fellowships and grants for her choreographic and artistic achievements. She is dance faculty at Towson University and Gerstung, where she teaches modern, composition, aerial dance and yoga.
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