William and Mary

Denise Damon  Wade

Associate Professor of Dance

Office : Adair Hall 401
Email : [[dydamo]]
Office Phone : 757-221-2786
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Areas of Specialization

Choreography, performance, theatre movement advising


Denise Damon Wade, an Associate Professor of Dance at the College of William and Mary, has been a professional performer in both the United States and abroad. She spent over eight years in New York City, working with Igal Perry, performing with the Peridance Ensemble, and serving as Assistant Director of Peridance, NYC. Upon the invitation of Artistic Director Ursula Bischoff-Mussaka, she moved to Stuttgart, Germany for three years to perform with the TELOS Tanz Theatre and teach for the Telos-Buhne. While in Europe she worked with many diverse choreographers including: Amiel Malale, Erik Franklin, Nadir Benbeleaid, Alexander Roy, Jochen Heckmann, Drago Boldin and Bruno Amilhastre. Since returning to the United States, she has performed with The Fairfax Ballet and Arlington Dance Theatre and for many independent choreographers.

Wade’s choreography has been presented through American College Dance Festival, Dance Place, Fairfax Ballet, Kilmarnock Center for the Arts, TELOS Tanz Theatre and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She has taught modern, ballet, jazz, ballroom and liturgical dance in both the United States and Europe including classes and workshops for Longwood University, Old Dominion University, TELOS Tanz Theatre, Peridance, New York City Park Service, the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Adult Christian Formation Conference (Shrinemont), Williamsburg Summer Music Camp, Russell School of Ballet and other studios throughout Northern Virginia. Wade received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. She is co-director of Gravity Optional Dance Company.

Courses Taught

Modern, ballet, jazz, group choreography, dance on screen

Student Advising

Orchesis Dance Company, Dance Minors, Interdisciplinary Studies, Honors Program