Anne Norman Van Gelder
Director of Dance
Artistic Director, University Dancers

Anne Norman Van Gelder, Director of Dance and Artistic Director of the University Dancers, holds a B.A. from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. from the University of Utah, both in Choreography and Pedagogy. Ms. Van Gelder performed and served as ballet master in companies in Virginia and Utah. As a dancer, Ms. Van Gelder worked with a variety of educators and choreographers from all over the world including Alun Jones, Conrad Ludlow, Richard Munro, Tom Pazik, and Stanley Zompakos, among others.

At the University of Richmond, Ms. Van Gelder has worked with Stefanie Batten Bland, Norbert De La Cruz III, Alexandra Damiani, Kanji Segawa, Jacquline Buglisi, Bill Hastings, Diane Coburn Bruning, Billy Seigenfeld, and Francesca Harper, among others. Her choreography has been performed in collaboration with UR ensemble-in-residence, eighth blackbird. She has taught all levels of ballet technique at the University of Richmond, the University of Utah, Virginia Intermont College and the Willam F. Christensen Center for Dance. In Utah, she served as Dance Instructor/Choreographer for gymnasts who were members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team. Ms. Van Gelder also taught jazz dance in Utah and Virginia and created choreography for Theatre Bristol, Park City Shakespeare Festival, and the Ogden Symphony.

Ms. Van Gelder has created various works for University Players & Dancers, including collaborations with the Department of Music. She worked with the Saratov Academic Youth Theatre on their US premiere of The Humpbacked Horse, featuring dances she re-set and she appeared as Hedy in UR’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has also created choreography for the following UR Players & Dancers productions:  Wings, The Tempest, Fiddler on the Roof, The Chairs, and The Bald Soprano, directed by Italian director and filmmaker, Paolo Landi.

She continues to study dance regularly, including workshops in New York where she enjoys studying historic dance. She has made presentations on dance history at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and regularly attends the American College Dance Association conference. Ms. Van Gelder teaches Productions Studies, Dance History-Theory, all levels of Ballet, and Jazz technique. Ms. Van Gelder is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Dramatic Honorary and considers her study of dance and pedagogy ongoing.  


Ballets Russes: From Dress to Dance, VMFA, (2011)

Dégas:  How Does 19th Century Ballet Differ from Today? VMFA (2008)

Alpha Psi Omega, Dramatic Honorary

M.F.A., University of Utah
Ballet (Pedagogy and Choreography)
B.A., Virginia Intermont College
Ballet (Pedagogy and Choreography)
Contact Information
(804) 287-6541
(804) 287-1841 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Technique classes
Dance History