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Paula Weber

Paula Weber
Chair of Dance / Professor of Dance

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Paula Weber received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Butler University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Smith College. She has studied ballet with masters Maria Tallchief, Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Basil Thompson, Larry Long, Marjorie Mussman and Maggie Black. During her professional career, Ms. Weber performed solo and principal roles of more than 45 major works which include classics Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppelia, and contemporary works including George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Agnes DeMille's Fall River Legend, John Butler's Carmina Burana and Alvin Ailey's The River.

She has performed with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and is ballet mistress with the Albany Berkshire Ballet. In 1996, Ms. Weber was invited to be a guest instructor of ballet for the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, making her the second American ballet master to visit that conservatory. She has taught for the Tianjin Conservatory in Tianjin, China and for the Iliev Dance Arts Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ms. Weber was the recipient of the 1997, 2001, and 2008 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the 2011 and 2017 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award presented to her by the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is also the 2016 winner of the CORPS de Ballet International Outstand Service Award.  She is on the official adjudicator list for Regional Dance America.  Ms. Weber is a site-evaluator and sits on the Commission for the National Association of Schools of Dance. She has served as secretary, President-elect, President and Past-President of the CORPS de Ballet International, Inc.  Ms. Weber’s choreography has been performed by the Kansas City Ballet, the Albany Berkshire Ballet, the Kansas Regional Ballet, the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Midwest Youth Ballet, Alexandra Ballet, Kansas City Youth Ballet, Allegro Ballet of Houston, Jacksonville University, Washington University, and City in Motion.  In 2018 she was awarded a place on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.