Diane Arvanites

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Associate Professor of Dance



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We find joy in the discovery of human movement potential. Initiation of energy and the structural integrity of the bones are important elements of class. Each student is encouraged to venture into unknown territory through spatial risk taking and physical understanding.

Diane Arvanites joined the Conservatory in 1994, and is an associate professor of dance specializing in modern dance technique and modern partnering.

Honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Boston Conservatory in 2002, Arvanites has had an extensive history as a choreographer, teacher, and co–artistic director of Prometheus Dance. Her choreography and cocreated work has been performed nationally and internationally, in Europe and South America. Her work has been presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors (1994), Dance Umbrella (1993, 1995, 1997), Celebrity Series (1999), Emerson Stage (1998), the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (2001, 2002), the Joyce Theater (2003, 2008), Opera Boston (2004, 2005, 2007), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (2004, 2008), World Music/CRASHarts (2001, 2009, 2013), Outside the Box festivals (2014, 2015), Boston Conservatory Theater (2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2016), and Bates Dance Festival (2014). The work has earned support from several foundations and attracted numerous awards, including a creativity grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (2002), six artist fellowships for choreography (1994, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2014), a Gold Star Award for the Elders Ensemble from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2005), and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Duval Patrick (2009).

Arvanites received her B.F.A. from Boston Conservatory in 1980. She studied dance in New York and Caracas, Venezuela, where she was rehearsal director for Coreoarte and founding member/choreographer of Acción Colectiva. In addition to teaching at the Conservatory, Arvanites is resident choreographer (creating work annually since 1990) and a full-time faculty member at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where she teaches modern dance, choreography, and somatic techniques. Arvanites creates alternative programming for dancers, including collaborative projects, workshops, informal performances, and master classes.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Artist Fellowship for Choreography (1994, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2014)
  • Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement (Governor Deval Patrick, 2009)
  • Gold Star Award (Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2005)
  • Creativity Grant (National Endowment for the Arts, 2002)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award (Boston Conservatory, 2002)

Notable Recent Works

  • Boston Conservatory Dance Division Mainstage Productions (2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2016)—Choreographer
  • Heart of the Matter (Bates Dance Festival, 2014)—Choreographer
  • The Cage, Warp, Heart of the Matter (World Music/CRASHarts, 2001, 2009, 2013)—Choreographer
  • Devil's Wedding (produced and workshopped in Ecuador, 2012)—Choreographer