Deirdre Towers

Deirdre T.

New York, NY
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About

Deirdre delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 70

Teaching since:
September 1974

Languages have always fascinated me. Traveling a lot as a child, I studied French, German, and then Twi when I had a semester studying dance & music in Ghana. The other two constants have been piano and dance. Classical Spanish music is what originally hooked me on the piano and later the world of flamenco ensnared me. For 18 years, I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, the oldest dance film festival in the world produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As a writer, I have been published in over 15 publications, now writing for two on-line magazines. As a dancer/choreographer, I just participated in Soaking WET 2017 and my installation BELL 8 was just at Waterfront Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is now at the Lilac on Pier 25 July-Sept 3, 2017.

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Experience

BELL 8 Producer
Sep 2016 - Present
Alegrias Productions

My one-three screen installation, inspired by the dance of the sea, BELL 8 was just exhibited at The Waterfront Museum in Red Hook and will be at the Lilac for July-August, 2017 in Manhattan.

Writer
May 2015 - Present
Eye on Dance

Celia Ipiotis & Jeff Bush's cable show Eye on Dance continues its presence on-line through music/theatre/dance reviews on its website.

Writer
Nov 2014 - Present
The Dance Enthusiast

Writer for this exciting web magazine!

Producer
Apr 2012 - Present
Noon Films

Producer of the award winning documentary film LA CHANA granted the Audience Awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2016 and at Il Voce dell Inchieste, Italy, and Chopin's Nose Award at Poland's Docs Against Gravity Film Festival.

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Dancer
Nov 1991 - May 2016
Healing Arts Initiative

Spanish Dance/Flamenco solo program, performed with tape music or with my composer/guitarist Paul Jared Newman, until HAI closed its doors in May, 2016.

Teaching Artist
Dec 2004 - Mar 2016
City Center

Teaching artist in NYC Public Schools during the annual Flamenco Festival at City Center, as well as residencies during the year.

Executive/Artistic Director
Jan 1994 - Feb 2012
Dance Films Association

I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, edited the bimonthly journal, and managed DFA's many programs.

Education

MA
Sep 1979 - May 1981
New York University
BA
Sep 1969 - May 1973
Hamilton College
Music & Dance
Jan 1972 - Jun 1972
World Learning

Languages

French & Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Audience Award for LA CHANA
Nov 2016
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam & Voce Dell inchieste

Affiliations

Chamber Music Network, The
Mar 2010

ACMP — The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”

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Photos & Videos

Deirdre teaching Paul, a student courtesy of TakeLessons.com

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Photo by Deirdre T.

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Summer, 2015 in Plum Island Sound

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3 Reviews

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danila L. Sep 30, 2016
Dance · In home

Excellent person and good teacher

Peter B. Aug 4, 2016
English · In studio

Fantastic!

Vanessa H. Feb 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very sweet and patient with kids

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