Faculty Bio

Stephen Rooks

Professor of Dance and Chair of Dance

Steve Rooks was a principle dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1981-1991. His performance credits with the Graham Company include the Metropolitan Opera House presentation of Diversion of Angels televised for "Celebrate! 100 Years of the Lively Arts at the Met", and as a featured dancer on the television special, "The Martha Graham Company in Japan".

Mr. Rooks' choreographic credits include a solo--Outside, which was selected to be presented in the 1989 New Choreographers series during the Graham Company's fall season at City Center Theater in New York. A later work--Cool River, became a part if that company's 1996-1997 repertoire after its World Premier at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rooks currently serves as resident choreographer for the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre.

Besides his work as assistant professor of dance at Vassar, Mr. Rooks is also a regular guest instructor at the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham Schools of Dance. He has also taught internationally at several dance festivals, as well as the Dallsa Black Dance Theater, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, The American Academy of Ballet, and the Houston Ballet.