Julie Kerr-Berry, Director of Dance; Daniel Stark; Paul Finocchiaro
Julie Kerr-Berry has a Ed.D. from Temple University. As Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance, she teaches both dance technique and theory and is the coordinator of the dance minor program as well as the University Dance Ensemble. As a Fulbright Scholar, she traveled to Indonesia in 1993 to study the indigenous dances of Bali and Java. Her interest in world dance includes a summer teaching, dancing and conducting research in Nigeria, West Africa. She has been named assistant editor of the Journal of Dance Education.
Daniel Stark, Assistant Professor of Dance, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa. As an instructor he has taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, Zenon in Minneapolis and most recently at the University of Iowa for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He will teach Introduction to Dance, contemporary dance technique, ballet, jazz, conditioning, dance improvisation, dance composition and dance in technology.
Paul Finocchiaro, assistant professor, is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he recieved a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre performance / Acting. Paul received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Boston Conservatory in his home town. Paul had a seventeen-year career in musical theatre before joining the faculty of MSU. His professional credits include National tours of West Side Story, Gypsy, the original cast of Ziegfeld, A Night at the Follies, and the European tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Nine, Guys and Dolls, EFX, Sweeney Todd, Annie Get Your Gun,and a three-year run of Starlight Express in Las Vegas playing ten roles. He has had the great fortune to work with Michael Crawford, David and Patrick Cassidy, Sheena Easton and many other stars.
Jill W. Lile received her Doctor of Chiropractic Medince from Northwestern Health Science University in 1995, after receiving her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1982. She currently teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and Minnesota Dance Theatre, as well as DanceWorks in Lakeville. She has performed with Fort Worth Ballet, Ballet Arts MN, Breverly Blossom and Dancers, Illinois Dance Theatre, Madison Ballet and Omaha Ballet.