Rose Marie Flachs

Professor of Dance

Ballet; pointe; classical ballet repertory; ballet pedagogy; choreography; performance

Rose Marie Flachs shares the appointment of professor of dance with Charles Flachs. A performing artist for 25 years, she enjoys exploring the relationship of dance to music and expressing an underlying theme or issue in her creative work. "While working with dancers as a choreographer," says Flachs, "it became clear that my choreography depends upon the well-trained, intellectual artist." Hence, an ongoing challenge in her research is that of exploring ballet pedagogy with the goal of influencing current trends in ballet as well as giving high quality training to all.

Since she and Charles arrived at Mount Holyoke, their guesting careers have thrived. The Flachs have taught and performed at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Jacob's Pillow, the Pioneer Valley Ballet, the Amherst Ballet, Columbia College, the University of Georgia at Athens, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. They have also taught for the Southeast Regional Ballet Festival and the American College Dance Festival. As choreographers, they have created more than 20 ballets and staged excerpts from many of the classics.

Prior to teaching at Mount Holyoke, the Flachs danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet, Ballet West, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company.

In addition to their work as performers and teachers the Flachs are founding members of the Council of Organized Researchers of Pedagogical Studies (CORPS) de Ballet International, Inc., an organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education.

Rose Marie Flachs has written articles for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines on healthy competition in the classroom. She was the rehearsal director for FCDD performances of Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Serenade toured to UMASS, Smith and Mount Holyoke College. Her choreographic works include "Sonata in C Minor" (MHC Dance Department) and "Nature's Waltz" (University Dancers UMass). She has performed in "Eye of the Beholder," choreographed by Charles Flachs (MHC Dance Department Faculty Concert), and has been a guest artist/performer for the Amherst Ballet, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Yellow Springs Arts Center (Pennsylvania), and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Rose Marie Flachs is the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award from the CORPS de Ballet International Inc. and has received the Tennessee Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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