A native of Connecticut, Avis Hatcher-Puzzo is as Assistant Professor of Dance at Fayetteville State University. She holds a BA in Dance/Theater from Trinity College, an MFA in Theater Arts and Dance from Case Western Reserve University and a MS in Education from Capella University. Professor Hatcher-Puzzo has trained in Horton, Cunningham and Graham techniques and studied with Judy Dworin, Garth Fagan, Clay Taliaferro, Darius Hockman, Ned Williams and Kathryn Karipides.
As a dancer with Paul Hall's Contemporary Dance Theatre (a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and the dance company Mikata, she founded Wette Paint Dance Theater, a contemporary dance and theater company which toured the east coast.
Her professional colleagues include Frederick Curry, faculty member NYU dance department, Kim Stroud, former Graham company member and Director of The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and Jo Matos of the Joffery Ballet. Having trained students who are now graduates of The Alvin Ailey School, Temple University dance department, New York University dance department, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ms. Hatcher-Puzzo has been a North Carolina resident since 2008.
Since joining the Performing and Fine Arts department at Fayetteville State University, has choreographed numerous productions including You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Clue: The Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.
Professor Hatcher-Puzzo has also created a Minor in Dance for the university and developed the FSU Dance Ensemble a touring dance company.
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