Faculty Profile: Maris Wolff

Maris WolffMaris Wolff is the founder and director of the Vermont Dance Collective, a professional company in residence at Johnson State College. In addition, she founded the Johnson Dance Ensemble, a student dance company, in 1978.

Maris began her professional performing career in 1963. She has performed at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; Jacob's Pillow, Lee, MA; Lincoln Center, the Symphony Space on Broadway, The Dance Theater Workshop, the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,  and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as well as  Museums in Boston, Atlanta, Tulsa and many other cities. Maris was a soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet and Ballet Repertory (New York). She has performed and taught as an independent artist throughout North America, Europe, England and Africa. In live, televised, and recorded venues, she has performed ballet, modern, jazz, folk, tap and historical dance throughout North America, Europe, England and Africa. She has choreographed over 300 dance pieces, numerous reconstructions of historical and multicultural dances, and has been commissioned to choreograph for dance companies, organizations, theater and musical theater productions throughout the world.

Maris passionately loves her work. "It is such a joy to share my love of dance with students; to be able to pass on the traditions given to me by my teachers; to share this universal language; to see students blossoming in their creativity; to delight in the health benefits of dancing; to inspire students to explore new ways of moving; and to witness students' growth and development. How lucky I am to have such a wonderful job!"

You can read more about Maris Wolff in a pdf version of an article reprinted with permission from Vermont Magazine, September/October 2007.

Contact Information:

McClelland Hall, Room 121
802-635-1318, Maris.Wolff@jsc.edu

Fine and performing arts at JSC