Professor of Dance & Department Chair
Ballet Technique, Repertory, Composition, Floor-Barre, Pedagogy of Dance Technique, Video and Performance, Study in Dance Tech/Performance
Rodger Blum received an MFA in choreography from the University of California, Irvine where his thesis was mentored by Donald McKayle. He has a BFA in ballet performance from North Carolina School of the Arts and trained under the direction of Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden and others.
Before coming to Smith College he was ballet master/soloist for the original Raleigh Dance Theatre (now Carolina Ballet) and chair of the dance program at the Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky where he was given an excellence in teaching award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. His choreography has been presented by various companies on the east and west coasts of this country as well as in Belgian, Spain, Portugal and Germany. Active in the field of dance and technology, Rodger’s dance/theatre video “Embrace” was shown at the FAIF International Film Festival in the Mann Chinese Theatres, Hollywood, CA. He received the Sherred Award for Outstanding Teaching, Fall 2014.