Biography for DEIRDRE TOWERS
Artistic Director, Dance Films Association, Inc.
Deirdre Towers has been associated with Dance Films Association since 1983, first as the editor of Dance On Camera News, then as the writer of Dance Film/Video Guide published in 1991 by Princeton Book Company, as a member of the DFA's Board of Directors since 1991, and as the director of the Dance On Camera Festival from 1994-present. She initiated the collaboration with Lincoln Center's Film Society, began the touring of the festival and designed the June 2003 outdoor event PORTALS, THE FLOATING CINEMA in Prospect Park. In the spring of 2000, she took a portion of the Dance On Camera Festival to Cuba as part of Los Dias de la Danza, in 2005 to Lotz, Poland, 2006 to Reykjavik Iceland, 2007 to Universidad Politecnica in Valencia, Spain, in the summer of 2008 for the Certamen Coreografico International Burgos-NY. As a result of the lectures given at DeSales University in 2006, Muhlenberg College and DeSales University offered dance on camera courses and SouthSide Film Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania made dance their genre for 2007 and invited Deirdre to be their Artist in Residence.
American Ballet Theatre invited her to create three video documentaries with tenth grade students on their "Make A Ballet" program at the Frederic Douglass Academy in Harlem, New York and teach four summer intensive video courses. In the winters of 2003-2008, she taught flamenco in the public schools for the City Center education department during their annual flamenco festival. In the summer of 2003, she co-taught a "choreography for the camera" course at Jacobs Pillow with Victoria Marks, and in the winter of 2002, she co-taught a similar workshop with Alla Kovgan in St. Petersburg at the Kannon Dance School.
From 1985-1989, Deirdre was a staff writer and photo editor for Dance Magazine for which she wrote a monthly column on dance video. Because of her video column, Deirdre was invited repeatedly to attend the Grand Prix de Video Danse and Dance Screen as a panel moderator, participant, and jury member. In the spring of 1999, she served as a jury member for both the American Dance Festival's video program and Dance Screen held in Cologne, Germany. In 1991, Deirdre founded Dance Media, Inc whose wholly owned subsidiary Alegrias Productions distributes videos and books specializing in flamenco. She worked with Organization of American States, as a fundraiser/researcher for youth symphony orchestra and arts school in Panama, 1981-83.
For six summers, she lectured on flamenco history at Maria Benitez' Institute for Spanish Arts (New Mexico). For Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal) at the invitation of Jose Sasportes, she organized a workshop on American dance video directed by James Byrne.. She edited the book And They Danced On, researched the videos produced by Peter Rosen entitled The Golden Age of the Piano (Volume I & II), Jan Peerce, and Christmas at the Vatican.
She has a Masters in Arts Administration from New York University, a BA from Hamilton College, with one semester with Experiment in International Living (Semester Abroad) studying music and dance in Ghana. As a dancer/choreographer, her eclectic credits include projects with Syracuse Stage, Syracuse Symphony, World Music Institute, New York Lyric Opera, and the Plaza Hotel.