Catherine Horta-Hayden


Towson Tiger Statue

Contact Information

Center for the Arts, 1002H


Master of Fine Arts,
Florida State University

Areas of Expertise

Ballet Pedagogy
Pointe Technique
CORE Assessment


Catherine Horta-Hayden is a Professor of Dance in Towson University’s Department of Dance. Mrs. Horta-Hayden received her Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. She came to Towson University in 2000 as an Assistant Professor teaching all levels of the Ballet technique, pointe, variations, Ballet Repertory, and Modern technique. She was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. Mrs. Horta-Hayden also served as the Artistic Director of the Towson University Dance Company from 2000-2007, coordinating residencies by renowned International Artists.

Mrs. Horta-Hayden served as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at Towson University from 2007-2010. In this capacity, Mrs. Horta-Hayden was responsible for the administration of internal and external academic proposals for the institution, represented the Division of Academic Affairs in institutional initiatives and oversaw all aspects of Towson University off campus programs and articulation agreements with Community Colleges, including programs at four satellite locations. She led the partnership to create the first Towson University satellite campus, Towson University North East (TUNE), which would provide students in Harford and Cecil Counties, as well as military and their families affected by the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), the opportunity to obtain four-year college degrees from Towson University in Harford County. In addition, she lead the efforts to create and implement a University wide General Education Assessment plan and served as the Academic Affairs liaison to Student Affairs, strengthening the partnership between both Divisions. She was responsible for the coordination of the University’s eight yearly Commencement ceremonies and together with the Associate Provost; she assisted in the supervision of the Academic Advising and the Academic Achievement Departments. Through her outreach efforts and commitment to the Hispanic Community she was instrumental in creating and strengthening partnerships with the Hispanic College Fund and the U.S Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE). Mrs. Horta-Hayden played a significant role in bringing the 2008 Maryland’s Hispanic Youth Symposium to Towson University and is committed to creating opportunities for Hispanic youth in higher education and serving as an advocate for the Hispanic community

Mrs. Horta-Hayden is President of the International Council of Researchers in Pedagogical Studies (CORPS) de Ballet in Higher Education. This is the only professional organization of its kind, dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. Statewide, Mrs. Horta-Hayden has served on the Maryland State Arts in Communities Advisory Council, Maryland State Arts Council Local Host Committee for the 2006 National Performing Arts Exchange Conference and Maryland State Arts Council Local Host Committee for the 2007 National Assembly of State Art Agencies. She has also served as a panelist on the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Awards Choreography panel as well as, an External Reviewer for The George Washington University Department of Theater and Dance. Most recently, she was invited to become a National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) Evaluator and conduct onsite reviews of member and potential member institutions.

Mrs. Horta-Hayden has engaged in extensive performing and has been invited to create and restage numerous works and teach master classes throughout the country. She was invited to research the pedagogy of the National Ballet School of Cuba and taught at the Lizt Alfonso Cuban Dance Company while in Havana, Cuba. She served as co-director and choreographer for the project “Love Through Time”. This was an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international project which brought together 50 students from Germany, Cuba, and the U.S.A to create a concert embracing multiple styles of music as expressed through a cappella choral music, percussion, and dance. This concert was performed in Oldenburg and Berlin, Germany as well as in the United States. In addition, she authored the project “Cuban Dance; Enhancing the Cultural Fabric of Baltimore”. This project brought 600 Baltimore County middle school youth and teachers to Towson University to expose them to Afro Cuban history, culture, music and dance. She received numerous grants in support of this project. Her most recent research, “Integrating rotator discs into ballet classwork: collaboration of ballet professor, somatic expert, and medical team”, was accepted for presentation at the 2014 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 24th Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland.

Mrs. Horta-Hayden was approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to serve as an external evaluator for Morton Street Summer Dance Program in Baltimore City and was appointed by former Baltimore County Executive, James Smith, as a Commissioner on the Baltimore County Commission for Women and served from 2006-2008. She served on the Board of Trustees for WYPR 88.1 Maryland’s NPR news station and was invited by the University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan to serve on the Towson University Presidential Search and Screening Committee 2011. She is also a regular presenter for the Towson University Leadership Institute (TLI).