The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program | Director

Risa Steinberg is an active member of the dance community as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young, emerging, and established choreographers. A former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Annabelle Gamson, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Colin Connor, and American Repertory Dance Company. Ms. Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela, and Margie Gillis. Her acclaimed solo concert, A Celebration of Dance, featured repertoire from Isadora Duncan to contemporary choreographers. She has been on the faculty at The Juilliard School since 2001 and held the position of Associate Director of Juilliard Dance from 2008-2016. She sits on the selection committee of The Bessies and has been the Choreographic Advisor to many choreographers, including Kate Weare, Bryan Arias, Michelle Dorrance, and Emily Lecrone. Presently, she is Choreographic Mentor for Brian Brooks and Kyle Abraham. She was a performer in Sleep No More from 2015 until the arrival of COVID.