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Summer Dance WVU Faculty

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Yoav Kaddar, BFA – The Julliard School, MFA – University of Washington, PhD – State University of New York,  is a professor of dance at WVU. He is the current director of the WVU Dance Program, the founder and director of the WVU Summer Dance Academy, the president and founding member of the WV Dance Education Organization and was recently elected as the next president of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).  

He currently serves on the board of directors of NDEO and has previously served on the board of directors of the American College Dance Association (ACDA). He is the faculty advisor and chair of the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, serves on the WVU Fulbright Advisory Committee and was appointed several times to serve on the US Scholar as well as the Student Fulbright National Screening Committees. He is a Fulbright Scholar in his own right.

Dr. Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School. He recently is a recipient of the WVU Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor – Lifetime Achievement Award and most recently the WVU Office of Global Affairs Virtual Exchange Award. He has been invited to serve on the New York State Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions.

Dr. Kaddar continues to perform nationally and internationally as guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent New York City choreographers and has choreographed original work for both dance and theater.

His teaching, professional movement coaching and choreography consist of both national and international appointments. Among others these include the Limon Dance Institute in NYC, The National School of Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Novosibirsk Opera Ballet in Novosibirsk, Russia; The Juilliard Drama Division; Shadowland Theatre, NY; New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre; Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Bard College, NY; The Signature Theatre, NYC; The Rubin High School for Music and Dance in Jerusalem Israel; The International Latin American Dance Festival in Maracaibo, Venezuela; Stamford City Ballet, CT; and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been performed nationally and at such venues as the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC and in Ottawa Canada. His tribute piece Standing Tall has been restaged and performed nationally at dance festivals, universities and private dance studios. The work is also in the permanent archives at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City.

Matt Saffron Matt Saffron is a native of Morgantown, WV and has been dancing since the age of six. He has had extensive training in tap, jazz, and ballet. He won world honors performing in Germany as a member of the 2000 USA Tap Dance Team. Matt has been a featured dancer and dance captain in productions of Guys and Dolls, Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Mame, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Chorus Line. In Montreal, he performed as an original member of Tap’d Out in their premier show. Matt joined the cast of Tap Dogs for their 10th anniversary tour and has since traveled the United States, Mexico and most recently South Africa as part of the cast for the past eight years. During his off time, Matt teaches and choreographs in the Morgantown, WV, Pittsburgh, PA and upstate NY areas.

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Katreena Snyder is the director and owner of Kat & Co. dance studio in Morgantown, WV, for the past 20 years. Before opening her own studio she received her earlier training with Linda Butcho, Katy Lyon-Palumbo, Christina Greenwell & Fiona Morris. She then attended The Hartford School of Ballet Teachers Training Program. While in Hartford Ct. she was a company member of the Works Contemporary Dance Co. under the direction of the late Robert Kowalski. After furthering her Dance education and choreography experiences, Kat returned to Morgantown to share her love of dance and teaching. While opening the new school she was the rehearsal assistant and company member of the Kitchen Sink Dance Co. under the direction of Michael McGowen. Kat has also choreographed for area school dance teams and demonstration shows. Kat teaches Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Tap and Contemporary Dance.

Hirali Shah

Hirali Shah is a professional Kathak teacher. She learned Kathak from GURU Pandit Shri Harish Bhai Gangani (Son of Pandit Shri Sundarlala Gangani) and Mrs. Kanan Desai. She has started learning Kathak at the age of 7. Hirali has completed B.A. and M.A. in Kathak and currently doing her PH.D. in Kathak (Natyashastra).  Including many valuable awards, Hirali has been awarded with Mira Award on National Dance Festival (National winner - 2008) and Gujarat Gaurav Award by Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in 2006.  Further, she is a member of the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, and affiliated with SCICMD (SAMVED is for Kathak graduation in USA and Canada), Bruhad Gujarat Sangeet Samiti and Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya for graduation and post-graduation in India.

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Maureen Mansfield Kaddar is a dancer and educator originally from East Rockaway, New York. She holds degrees in dance and choreography, with honors, from Adelphi University (BFA) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MFA). A Paul Taylor Dance Company member from 1998-2003, Maureen can be seen as a featured cast member in Dancemaker, the Oscar-nominated film about Mr. Taylor. She has had the distinguished pleasure of setting Mr. Taylor’s works on companies and universities, among them, West Virginia University. 

Maureen has also performed with the companies of Peter Pucci, Rebecca Kelly and Rebecca Stenn. She has taught dance and choreographed, nationally and abroad, as a guest artist at many university and college programs, including serving as Interim Director for Vassar College’s student dance company. Passionate about the power of building learning connections through movement, Maureen enjoyed teaching Arts Integration in the public schools of Morgantown through a WV state grant.

Honored with the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award in 2015 from WVU’s College of Creative Arts, Maureen is now a Teaching Assistant Professor in WVU’s School of Theatre and Dance. She has also enjoyed choreographing for WVU’s Theatre productions of The Arabian NightsPericles, The Three Musketeers and Cloud 9 as well as contributed to choreography for West Virginia Public Theatre productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. As a guest choreographer for West Virginia Dance Company, she has created three dances for their education performance series. Maureen is a certified yoga and Anti-Gravity yoga instructor and teaches private and community classes as well. She has presented at ACDA and NDEO conferences and is currently serving as a Board member for ACDA’s Mid-Atlantic South region. For the second time she is serving as as the Conference Coordinator for the ACDA Mid-Atlantic South region’s annual conference to be hosted by West Virginia University in March 2020. 

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