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Barbara Hayley Professor Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance

Barbara Hayley

Professor and Chair

Director of Graduate Studies Dance


MFA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts


Barbara Hayley has been a member of the Newcomb Dance Program faculty since 1985 (Coordinator of Dance, 1989-2006; Chair of Theatre and Dance, 2001-2007.)  She teaches ballet, modern dance, choreography, dance history, and courses in community engagement through the arts.  In New York, Ms. Hayley taught dance at Wagner College on Staten Island, danced with numerous choreographers, and directed Barbara Hayley & Dancers.  She received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in 1997/1998 for work throughout Russia, the impetus for creative work/exchanges on the international dance scene. Ms. Hayley is active in community partnership building and concert modern dance in New Orleans, including the direction of New Orleans Dance, a modern dance company comprised of local professional dance artists. New Orleans Dance and Ms. Hayley have received awards for both original choreography and modern dance production, including the 1999 Mayor's Arts Award. Research: choreographic projects and oral history of early Alwin Nikolais dancers/German lineage of modern dance.