Assistant Professor II
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro is Assistant Professor of Dance at Rider University, Lawrenceville. She began her dance career in Barrington, Rhode Island, studying and teaching with Irene Seeley. She became a professional dancer and teacher whilst earning a Bachelor’s degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master degree in Dance Education from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. During this time she performed in numerous modern dance companies, choreographed and produced her own work, and taught dance at colleges on both east and west coasts.
Dr. Vaccaro has taught at the American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School since 1989 where she is also an Educational Consultant. She wrote the librettos, and/or trained the teaching artists, and/or wrote the educational materials for Billy the Kid (1998), Nutcracker (1999, 2002), Cinderella (2001), Lambarena (2002), Ballet 101 (2002), Dangerous Beauty (2003), and The Shrew (2004). In addition to lecturing nationwide on dance education, Dr. Vaccaro often leads workshops for dance and public school teachers, both for ARB and around the state with various arts organizations.
Dr. Kim, as she is known at PBS and on campus, has choreographed over 30 dance pieces including Proximity, Signatures, Webtango, Walkin’ for Rider students; and Fantastics (2000), and Spunk (2004) Rider’s Theater program. Last year she wrote the music and choreographed Mi Fuego for Rider Dances, the annual Dance Program event. Her current interests are born out through collaborations and interdisciplinary projects in the arts.
Dr. Vaccaro is the author of Jazz Dance Today with Lorraine Person Kriegel, the editor for Dance In My Life (at publisher) and was a contributing editor to the award winning Core Collection in Dance. Her current research is with the NJ Department of Education investigating the relationship of technology to dance teaching and learning in the 21st century.