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Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola

  • MA University at Buffalo
  • New York State Teaching Certificate in Dance K-12
  • BA Mercyhurst University

Jeanne Fornarola serves as Director of the undergraduate dance program at The State University of New York at Buffalo and has expertise in ballet, dance history, dance pedagogy and dance-making. She holds NYS certification in Dance K-12 and created the UB dance outreach program, Bridging Communities Through Dance, which brings the dance experience to children in the Buffalo City Schools.  Jeanne created and coordinates the UB/LD partnership that links the UB Dance program with LehrerDance, Buffalo’s professional dance company.  She coordinates the weekly Friday Forum Series that brings a wide variety of master classes and related workshops to UB Dance, augmenting the curriculum, and connecting students with professionals in the field.  Jeanne directs UB’s Zodiaque Dance Ensemble and Back to Buffalo Alumni Dance concerts.  Recent choreographic works have been developed for Zodiaque & Zodiaque Dance Ensemble, the UB Art Galleries and NYC staged readings for new musicals in development.

Jeanne has been a Teaching Artist for Southern Tier Arts in Education, and was the Founder and Director of Binghamton University’s Summer Dance Program and Danceworks of Rochester, Inc. She has been on faculty at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Teaching Artist in the Buffalo and Binghamton public schools, Broome Community College, Dance Masters of America Teachers Training Program as well as adjunct faculty in Graduate School of Education at UB.

Jeanne’s research interests center around the possibilities in blended learning in dance that best suit the Millennial Generation and the emerging Digital Natives; and Personalized Learning for Dance Educators in both the K-12 and private sector.  She has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Dance Studio Life, and Dance Teacher/Spirit. She is the immediate past Secretary on the Board of Directors for New York State Dance Educator Association, the state affiliate of the National Dance Educators Organization.

Bridging Communities Through Dance:

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