Sandra L. Burton
Lipp Family Director of Dance at Williams College
Sandra L. Burton is a dancer, choreographer, educator and arts presenter. Her choreography for theater from1982-2004 includes Williamstown Theater Festival (A Raisin in the Sun, We Were Dancing, Birdie Blue, The Cherry Orchard), Playmakers Repertory Theater ( Salome), the Goodman Theater( Joe Turner Come and Gone), Henry Street Settlement (Duet) and Williams College Theater Department (The Bacchae, Trojan Women, Tales from the Vienna Woods, A Tale of Mystery).
As a member of the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Burton toured nationally for eleven years and was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as a dancer/educator for their national Artist in Education program serving from 1978-83. She was chosen as a finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for excellence in choreography in 1994. Her work has been performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Judson Memorial Church, Theater 4/Negro Ensemble Company, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams College Museum of Art, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and at venues in Nicaragua, Brazil and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
She continues to study, research and travel to learn more about the history and cultures of people from the African Diaspora. Her dance studies include work with the following teachers: Modern Dance (Thelma Hill, Marjorie Perces, Martha Wittman, Betty Jones, Daniel Nagrin,James Truitte) Ballet (Karl Shook, Florence Warren) African Dance (Italo Zambo, Ibrahim Camara, Chuck Davis, Obo Addy, Titos Sompa) Improvisation (Terry Creach, Susan Sgorbati, Penny Campbell) Composition (Phyliss Lamhut, Daniel Nagrin, Anna Sokolow) Acting (Charles Turner, Clebert Ford, Ron O'Neal). Burton was appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education's Arts Curriculum Framework Committee from 1993-96.
Current projects are with photographer/filmmaker Carrie Mae Weems, composer Craig Harris and a documentary on dancer/choreographer Chuck Davis with filmmaker Don Quinn Kelley. Burton has lectured on dance history and African American culture at Williams, the Berkshire Museum, Jacobs' Pillow, Boston's Strand Theater and African Meeting House, The Flynn Theater in Vermont. As an arts presenter at Williams College she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Burton has an MFA in choreography from Bennington College and is the Lipp Family Director of Dance at Williams College. She also serves on the boards of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and The New England Foundation for the Arts.