photo: author Deirdre Towers (right) with guitarist Paul Jared Newman (left) and guitar maker Andrés Marvi. (middle)
Deirdre Towers (Dancer/Choreographer) has danced and choreographed in a wide spectrum of styles for decades, performing
at venues ranging from the Plaza Hotel for private parties to
Washington Square Church with the late gypsy singer Rafael Fajardo, as
produced by World Music Institute, to La Cueva de Luna Mora in
Andalucia, as filmed by the BBC.
A teaching artist for City Center since 2003, she taught flamenco history/rhythms for Maria Benitez at her Institute of Spanish Arts in New Mexico for seven summers. American Ballet Theater employed Deirdre as a teacher of dance for the camera for their Summer Intensive for four years and at Frederick Douglass Academy for two years.
Currently the Executive Director of Dance Films Association, Ms. Towers directs the internationally touring Dance On Camera Festival in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Trained in multiple dance studios in New York, Sevilla, and Accra, Ghana, she holds a BA from Hamilton College, and a MA from New York University.
Ms Towers will be contributing another piece for Root about her trip to this year's Flamenco Bienal in Spain.