College Dance News

New York City Ballet Veteran Named Armstrong Visiting Artist-in-Residence in Ballet at SMU

SMU Meadows School of the Arts announced Tuesday acclaimed choreographer and dancer Silas Farley, who retired from the New York City ballet in May 2020, will be the Armstrong Visiting Artist-in-Residence in Ballet for the 2020-21 school year.

Farley has been featured in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Vogue, and other well-known publications. He joined the New York City Ballet in 2012. Farley created ballet performances for The School of American Ballet, The New York Choreographic Institute, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative at Columbia University.

During his time at SMU, Farley will have the opportunity to teach advanced levels of point, ballet, as well as a course on dance history with the focus on George Balanchine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Silas Farley as a visiting artist this year, and grateful to the Armstrongs for making it possible,” said Christopher Dolder, chair of the Meadows Division of Dance.

The one-year residency for the visiting ballet artist was made possible by a gift from SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences alumni Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and Bill Armstrong ’82.

“We are thrilled to fund this position in Meadows’ Division of Dance for the coming year, as it combines our love for SMU and passion for ballet,” said Liz Armstrong. “We are excited that students in Dallas will have the opportunity to study under Silas Farley, one of the most talented dancers and choreographers of today’s generation.” 

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