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Denise Warner Limoli

Denise Warner Limoli

Associate Professor

Office: Williamson Sports Center 230
Telephone: 518-580-5382
Fax: 518-580-8356
Email: dlimoli@skidmore.edu

Denise Warner Limoli, Associate Professor Denise Warner Limoli trained in Connecticut with Mme. Vera Nikitins of the Riga Opera Ballet. With a full scholarship, she attended both the Washington School of Ballet and, for three summers, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In addition to classical ballet, her training included Graham and Limón modern dance, Bharatanatyam, Flamenco and character dance. She frequently studied in NYC at the Ballet Theatre School with the great teachers Valentina Pereyaslavec, Leon Danielian, Patricia Wilde and Yurek Lazowsky.

Ms. Warner Limoli performed with the Hartford Ballet, the Connecticut Opera and the Norfolk Civic Ballet before moving to NYC in 1970. She immediately began performing with American Ballet Theatre as a seasonal dancer and joined the company in 1972. With ABT, Ms. Warner Limoli performed all the great romantic and classical ballets, works of Tudor, MacMillan, Ashton, Robbins, Feld and others. She shared the Metropolitan Opera House stage and toured internationally with the greatest dancers of the day, such as Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Gregory, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Fernando Bujones. She taught company class regularly and was a substitute teacher in the Ballet Theatre School. She appeared in many PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts and danced in the films “The Turning Point” and “First Position.”

After retiring from performing, Ms. Warner Limoli was ballet master for the Nutmeg Ballet Company, the Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Nevada Dance Theatre. She was a member of the ballet faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Dance Division and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Denise Warner Limoli joined the Skidmore College dance faculty in 1992. She has worked to develop the curriculum and increase the rigor of the ballet program and has staged classical ballets and choreographed contemporary works for the Skidmore Ballet Workshop.

Prof. Limoli has collaborated with the conductor of the Skidmore Orchestra, Prof. Anthony Holland on two joint productions in the Zankel Music Center. In 2011, the classical ballet workshop and the orchestra performed Swan Lake Act II; in 2013, Skidmore dancers and the Skidmore Orchestra presented “An Evening With the Ballets Russes,” including Les Sylphides, L’Apres Midi d’un Faune, and Firebird.

Ms. Warner Limoli has taught regularly for the ABT Summer Intensives, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center Extreme Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory International Summer Intensive. Locally, she has taught master classes and staged ballets for the Saratoga City Ballet and Ballet Regent. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Dance and is chair of the Nominating Committee for the Hall of Fame. She curated the exhibit, American Ballet Theatre: Then and Now for the museum. Denise Warner Limoli is the author of Dance in Saratoga Springs published by the History Press.

Denise Warner Limoli is married to Michael Limoli, renowned clarinetist and dance pianist. They have worked together in the ballet studio for over thirty years. Their two adult children are both Skidmore alumni.