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Gregg Hurley

Gregg Hurley, MFA

Lecturer in Dance


Gregg Hurley is a graduate of Hofstra University and the University of Arizona School of Dance MFA program with an emphasis in choreography and performance. Hurley had the privilege of dancing two works choreographed and originally performed by Douglas Nielsen, Make Someone Happy (solo) and Four Bits (duet). He also danced in the reconstruction of Doug Berkey’s trio, Blind Date presented by Art.If.Act. He is a scholarship student of the Harvard Summer Dance Center, studying with Donald Byrd, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Ralph Lemon, Victoria Marks, Elizabeth Streb, and Lance Westergard. He performed internationally in the musical revue, The Best of Broadway and nationally in the 50th Anniversary tour of the musical, Oklahoma! He spent over eleven years as the resident choreographer and assistant director at Sight and Sound Theatres where he was creatively involved in the premiere productions of Abraham and Sarah, Daniel, Ruth, Psalms of David, In the Beginning, and Voices of Christmas. Most recently, he performed as the Cow Skull in the world premiere production of Georgia O’Keefe: A Woman On Paper. He currently holds dance adjunct positions at Messiah College and Lancaster Bible College.


Marie Cleaves Rothacker, MA

Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Marie Cleaves Rothacker performs locally with the Grant Street Dance Company and Rev9.

Her extensive dance training includes summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Ballet Chicago with such artists as Gelsey Kirkland, Duncan Noble, Nina Danilova, Jim Vincent, Amanda McKerrow, and Daniel Duell.  In high school, she attended the year-round program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she was chosen by Melissa Hayden to dance in Balanchine’s Serenade with the Carolina Ballet.  While dancing at Southold Dance Theater, guest artist Yves de Boutellier set an original work on the company featuring Marie after which she was invited to join Ballet Wisconsin.  After high school, she was a member of the Southold Dance Theater Adult Ensemble which toured elementary schools.  In college, she choreographed for and performed with the African American Dance Company at Indiana University as well as the Franklin and Marshall Dance Company and presented her choreographic work at the American College Dance Festival.  She also attended a workshop with the Tiffany Mills Company and the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation. During her break from Susquehanna Dance Center, Marie choreographed a full-length production for Infusion, an arts ministry based in New Holland. 

Marie is a board member for Contemporary Ballet of Pennsylvania (COBALT) and recently received a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame.