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Anne Harris Wilcox

  • Senior Lecturer, Dance Program

MFA, SUNY Brockport



Anne Harris Wilcox, MFA (SUNY Brockport), BA (Connecticut College), is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester’s Program of Dance and Movement. She currently serves as President for New York State Dance Education Association , and is the Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company, Present Tense Dance, which she founded in 1991. She is a permanently NYS certified K-12 teacher of dance and has taught for the Rochester City School District as a faculty member and guest artist. In 2013, Anne formed an educational company called Active Learning Games, LLC that creates kinesthetic educational products and activities for students in grades K-12 as well as university-level. She has taught at many Rochester institutions such as Hobart and William Smith Colleges, SUNY Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College, School of the Arts, and Young Audiences, among others. She was curriculum leader and taught for the BOCES #1 School for Performing Arts at Eastridge, an interdisciplinary program for high school students for many years. Her company, Present Tense Dance performed to a sold out concert at the 2012 Rochester Fringe Festival and a critically acclaimed concert at Kilbourn Hall for Rochester Fringe 2013, and collaborated with BIODANCE at Geva’s Nextstage in 2014. Anne’s work has also been featured in Image/Movement/Sound Series, Rebound Festival, Visions of Sound, NYSDEA conferences, RCDC concerts, Finger Lakes Dance, Syracuse Contemporary Dance, Drumcliffe Irish Arts, SUNY Brockport Alumni Showcases, Buffalo’s Pleien Dance Company, and for Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. She has received grants from New York Foundation of the Arts and the New York State Decentralization program to create dance/theater pieces including When the Souls Rise, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Public and Private Hearth, and The Seal Maiden. She was honored at a NDEO/ NYSDEA regional conference for meritorious service in dance education for the children of Western New York. In 2013, she presented at the New York State Science Teacher’s Association conference and the National Dance Education Association conference. In addition, Anne was the Director of the Jr. High Youth program at the First Unitarian Church in Rochester. She lives in Rochester with her husband, three children, and their Bernese Mountain dog.