New & Noteworthy

O’Donnell Classes at Rioult Dance Center

O’Donnell classes are being taught by Sabatino A. Verlezza on Mondays 10:00 – 11:30AM.
Nancy Lushington will be teaching an O’Donnell Dance Workshop this Summer July 22 – 27.

Rioult Dance Center
34-01 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11101

The Value of Teaching Classical Modern Dance Technique in Higher Education

The Value of Teaching Modern Dance in Higher Education

Montclair State University dancers performing May O’Donnell’s Powers of Ten (1984), as staged by Nancy Lushington in 2013. Photographer: Robert Cooper.

By Nancy Lushington
Published online: 21 Feb 2017.

In this article, I promote the teaching of classical modern dance forms at the college and university level as preparation for multiple career paths in dance. The understanding of specific modern dance principles informs the dancers’ embodied knowledge, preparing them to look back and move forward. My specific lens is my work teaching the technique of May O’Donnell, who developed her methods from the 1940s through the 1970s.


The O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018/19 Grant Recipients.

The list includes:

Martha Graham Dance Company
Guggenheim Works & Process
Dance Heginbotham
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Jose Limon Dance Company
New York City Ballet
Helen Simoneau Danse
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
10 Hairy Legs
Megan Williams Dance Projects

Congratulations to all recipients!

Our Mission

May Odonnell and Ray GreenThe Music and Dance Foundation, Inc. was conceived and incorporated to devote its assets and activities to the respective and allied fields of music and dance. That is, the main thrust of the Foundation is to offer support to individuals, organizations and institutions devoted to the creation and performance of new works in the field of music and dance.