Joan Gavaler, Dance, Physical Theatre, Alexander Technique


Joan Gavaler
2825 Hidden Lake Drive,
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Educational Background/Training:

  • M.A. in Dance (Choreography and Performance), The Ohio State University
  • Alexander Technique Teacher Training certification, The Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique


Joan Gavaler is an independent choreographer/performer and an educator.  She relishes the creative process and embraces collaborative discovery in making new work. To further that interest, she co-founded Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre in 2013 to create work blending dance, theatre, and acrobatics to tell stories.  The company has toured the East Coast, South, and Midwest United States.  Through her career, Joan has created over 50 original works and has been a driving force behind four professional companies.  She has collaborated with poets, visual artists, composers, musicians, actors, directors, acrobats, and physicists on dance and theatre projects.  She has been invited by over 40 organizations to present and teach in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including presentations on the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland, a two-week dance residency at Beijing Normal University, performing in American Dance Guild showcases in New York City and at Dance Place in Washington, D.C., being named an AAHPERD Distinguished Guest Artist, and serving as a movement consultant for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She received multiple project grants for Gavaler Danceworks (1990-1996) and Aura Curiatlas (2013-present), most recently from Virginia Commission for the Arts, Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, and York County Arts Commission.  Joan is currently a Professor of Dance at the College of William & Mary where she teaches choreography, improvisation, modern and ballet technique, physical theatre, and Alexander Technique and mentors the creative work of dance and theatre students.  She also teaches contemplative movement practice in Williamsburg, VA and previously taught K-12 dance workshops through Days of Creation Arts for Kids in Columbus, OH (1987-1994).


  • $150/hour workshop fee
  • $500/day residency fee
  • Travel and accommodation expenses to be determined by service and location. Discounts offered for multiple bookings/residencies.


Junior high, high school, university, adults, seniors


  • Summer and academic year

Educational Program Description:

Workshop topics include exploring modern dance, exploring physical theatre, creating through movement, creative collaboration, and learning to pause. Students will have the opportunity to learn movement vocabulary related to the chosen topic, create their own responses, and share their discoveries at the end of the workshop or residency. There will be time for both individual exploration and group interactions.  Content can be shaped according to the needs of each school or organization.

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