Home > Academics > Dance > Faculty > Karissa Horowicz

Karissa Horowicz

Assistant Professor of Dance

Lilian Welsh Hall 106


B.A., Goucher College; M.F.A., University of Utah, Department of Ballet; C.L.M.A., Integrated Movement Studies, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Program


Karissa Jones Horowicz began her pre-professional ballet training at the National Academy of Arts, under the direction of Petrus Bosman.  She also trained at the Boston Ballet School, Washington School of Ballet and the Pennsylvania School of Ballet.  In 1987, she relocated to Philadelphia to train full time with the Pennsylvania School of Ballet and performed professionally with The Pennsylvania Ballet, under the direction of Robert Weiss.  She toured Philadelphia and its surrounding areas with a select group of trainees, apprentices and company members performing lecture demonstrations for educational purposes to public and private school students and organizations.  She also performed professionally with the Donetsk Ballet, under the direction of Vladimir Shamekin and Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, under the direction of Edward Stewart.  Karissa received her B.A. from Goucher College where she studied both elementary and secondary level Dance Education and her M.F.A. in Teaching and Choreography from the University of Utah, Department of Ballet.  Simultaneously, she completed her work in the Integrated Movement Studies, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies Program as a Certified Laban Movement Analyst.  Upon graduation Karissa became an Assistant Professor Lecturer at the University of Utah, Department of Ballet where, in addition to ballet and point technique and variations, she taught Kinesiology and the Physics of Ballet.  Karissa was on faculty as an instructor at the Ballet West Academy for five years where she taught pre-professional level ballet dancers under principal teacher Deborah Dobson Kage.  She has been a guest instructor at the City Ballet School, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Shenandoah Conservatory.  Her choreography has been presented by the Utah Ballet, Utah Lyric Opera and Potomac Classical Youth Ballet.  Her repertory includes works from choreographers including Ib Andersen, Andrea Woods, Virginia Johnson, Michael McGowan, Stephen Greenston and Nina Youshkevitch.

Back to Faculty