Debra McCall



Debra McCall is Associate Director of the Ross Institute Academy and former Dean of Cultural History and Director for Curriculum at Ross School, East Hampton, NY where she also taught World Dance, Choreography and directed Senior Projects. A Certified Movement Analyst, she is a Senior Research Associate at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC and an Honorary Board Member for Art Therapy Italiana, Bologna, Italy. McCall has served on the graduate faculties of New York University, Adelphi University, Prescott College and Pratt Institute where she was also a Mellon Lecturer.  She has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and New York State Council on the Arts fellowships in choreography, dance-film, and historical research. Her reconstructions of the 1920s Bauhaus Dances of Oskar Schlemmer, produced by The Kitchen, Goethe House New York, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, toured the US, Europe and Japan to sold out venues including the first international Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France. With Robert Leacock, she directed a film of her reconstructions of the Bauhaus Dances, which was selected for the American Dance Festival’s first annual International Festival of Film and Video Dance. The Labanotation of the reconstructions, and the film, reside in the Library of Congress and in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. McCall’s writing on the subject is included in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, Oxford Press, and in the catalogue for the international exhibition, Oskar Schlemmer. As a Rome Prize Fellow in Advanced Design at the American Academy in Rome, she researched ancient mystery rites to choreograph “Psyche’s Last Labor.” Her “Body of Myth” workshops on archetypal movement led to collaborations with the analyst/author James Hillman and the poet Robert Bly. McCall’s kinesthetic lessons on Roman architecture were included in the Smithsonian Institution/Annenberg documentary “The Mind’s Intelligences” with Howard Gardner. McCall studied dance with Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham, Alwin Nikolais, Hanya Holm, Consuelo Atlas, Finis Jhung, Zena Rommet, Anna Halprin, Kei Takei, members of the Grand Union and Natural History of the American Dancer, The Performance Group (Wooster Group) and Richard Schechner, amongst others. She has also studied a variety of world dance styles--with the Whirling Dervishes in Konya, Turkey to Bharat Natyam with Indrani Rahman, West African dance and drumming with Oko Ardyfio from Ghana, Butoh with Eiko and Komo, hula on the island of Hawaii and Middle Eastern dance. She has served on the Educational Committee of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.