Stoneleigh-Burnham dance teacher Cat Wagner has been featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper, based in Northampton, MA. On Feb. 9, 2018, the newspaper featured Wager in its “Art Maker” column in Hampshire Life, a weekly arts and culture magazine published by the Gazette.
“Art Maker” gives readers a chance to get to know local artists of all stripes — painters, photographers, musicians, sculptors, writers, etc. — by sharing a bit about their work and some related topics and photographs of each artist in his or her studio or home, or the place they work. For this piece, a Gazette photographer captured Wagner at work in the SBS dance studio with her students during a lesson in swing dancing.
Read the article here.
Wagner’s passion for working with students of dance of all ages and all levels of experience has inspired her teaching of college-aged dancers at the Five Colleges, young children at dance centers in New York City, and high school students during the Bates Dance Festival. Now, aspiring dancers in grades 7-12 at SBS are benefitting from that passion, experience, and love of dance.
Wagner joined SBS at the start of the 2017-18 school year and comes to us most recently from New York City, where she developed and implemented an acrobatic after-school dance program for preschool and elementary-aged students at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, taught a wide range of dance classes for inclusion and special needs after-school programming for Mark Morris Dance Center, and served as a teaching artist at the New York City Ballet. She also spent several summers mentoring high school students during a residential dance workshop at the Bates Dance Festival, held annually at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. She has been a visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, adjunct dance faculty at Amherst College, and a teaching fellow at Smith College. She holds an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College and a BA in theater arts from Brandeis University. Wagner, who lives on the Stoneleigh-Burnham campus and serves as a houseparent, replaced longtime faculty member Ann Sorvino, who retired last year after more than 30 years teaching dance at SBS.