Pamela S Vail Professor of Dance


Office: MEY101



Vail is a practicing choreographer, performer, and improviser who has been dancing since she was six years old.  She is a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi, with whom she has performed, toured and taught extensively since 1995.  Vail is also a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation ensemble, with whom she teaches, creates, and performs both choreographed and improvised work. She has worked with a variety of choreographers, and has collaborated with filmmaker Jeremy Moss since 2012—their dance films have been screened in festivals around the world. 

Vail teaches master classes and performs her own choreography near and far.


Improvisation, choreography, performance, screendance


B.A., Middlebury College

M.F.A., Smith College

Courses Taught

TND 117 Introduction to Ballet

TND 200-201 Dance Company

TND 218  Intermediate Modern Dance Technique and Composition

TND 227  Intermediate Ballet

TND 260  Compositional Improvisation

TND 317  Advanced Modern Dance Technique and Performance

TND 320  Kinesiology for Dance

TND 330  Choreography and the Creative Process

TND 345  Movement and Media