Stephen M. Rooks

Professor of Dance

Steve Rooks danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved the rank of Principal Dancer.

Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar and the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been awarded Research Grants to travel to Latvia, Zambia, and in 2014 to Finland, where he choreographed “Plate Tectonics” on 24 international dancers. Mr. Rooks was commissioned by the Masterworks Festival to create ballets for a number of contemporary composers including Clarice Assad, Piet Swerts, and David Skidmore—all to live orchestra.

Mr. Rooks has served as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival, and a solo “Vista” was created for Aran Bell (ABT) for the 2014 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Four contemporary solos were recently submitted to the 2016 Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition.

BA, Dartmouth College
At Vassar since 1996


Kenyon Hall
Box 743

Departments and Programs

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Appointed and served as Chair of Dance at Vassar College, 2009-2013

National Choreographic Competition – Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 2004

Distinguished Alumni Award – The Mercersburg Academy, 2003

Community Service Award – Lions Club, 1996

Declaration from Minister of Tourism – Jerusalem, Israel, 1996

Merit Award for Outstanding Teaching – Howard University, Washington D.C, 1993

The State of the Art Award – T. J. Productions New York, New York, 1981

Marcus Heiman Award for the Performing Arts, Dartmouth College, 1977

Black Underground Theater and Arts Award for Dance, Dartmouth College, 1976

Friends of the Hopkins Center Scholarship for the Performing Arts, 1975


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