Jeanne Periolat Czula
Jeanne Periolat Czula joined the Vassar faculty in 1975, introduced ballet into the curriculum in 1978 and has directed the Dance program since 1981. She has danced with the Radio City Music Hall Ballet, The New York City Ballet's Educational Division, The Poughkeepsie Ballet Theater and the Indiana University Ballet, as well as having been a guest artist with regional companies in the tri-state area. Her repertoire included leading roles in Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, and a variety of Balanchine works. She has also created roles in original pieces by Peter Genarro, Gilbert Reed, Kent Stowell and Ron Lewis, among others. She began teaching and coaching as an undergraduate at Indiana University in 1967 where she received her degree in Music. She retired from the stage in 1983 and has since gone on to choreograph and to stage classical ballet repertoire. Most recently (in July, 2000) her ballet, Study Break, was performed by the Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company in their summer season.