Anne Van Gelder (she/her/hers)
Faculty, Department of Theatre & Dance
Director of Dance
Artistic Director, University Dancers
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Anne Van Gelder is on the faculty of the Department of Theatre & Dance and Director of Dance at the University of Richmond. She is artistic director of University Dancers, the student company in the Department of Theatre & Dance. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. from the University of Utah, both in Choreography and Pedagogy. Ms. Van Gelder was a performer and ballet master in companies in Virginia and Utah. Ms. Van Gelder has worked with a variety of educators and choreographers including Li-Chou Cheng, Alun Jones, Conrad Ludlow, Richard Munro, Tom Pazik, and Stanley Zompakos. At the University of Richmond, Ms. Van Gelder has worked with choreographers Francesca Harper, Stefanie Batten Bland, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Alexandra Damiani, Kanji Segawa, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Billy Siegenfeld, among others. Her choreography has been performed in collaboration with the Grammy-award winning sextet, Eighth Blackbird. She has taught all levels of ballet at the University of Richmond, the University of Utah, Virginia Intermont College, and the Willam F. Christensen Center for Dance. Ms. Van Gelder was dance instructor and choreographer for gymnasts who were members of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team. She created or re-staged choreography for the Saratov Academic Youth Theatre, W&L Repertory Dance Company, Theatre Bristol, Park City Shakespeare Festival, and the Ogden Symphony. Ms. Van Gelder has created works for Department of Theatre & Dance productions including the department’s dance concerts, The Tempest, Wings, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, and The Chairs and The Bald Soprano directed by Italian director and filmmaker, Paolo Landi. She has been invited to lecture on dance history at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and regularly teaches master classes at the American College Dance Association annual conference. Her study of dance is ongoing, including professional conferences in Italy, Boston, and New York City, where she enjoys studying historic dance. Ms. Van Gelder serves on the advisory board of Conflux Dance Theater, a professional contemporary dance company in Richmond, Va. She has been a member of CORPS de Ballet International since 2017 and is also a member of the Membership and Outreach committee.