Faculty Profiles

Orion Duckstein

Associate Professor

Performing Arts Center Room 151

General Information



BFA, University of Connecticut (1991)

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut (1987)

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Performances & Choreography

Paul Taylor Dance Company 1999-2010; 2014 (guest artist)

Taylor 2 Dance Company 1995-1999

Take Dance Company - Takehiro Ueyama, artistic director 2003-2008, 2014

Mazzini Dance Collective guest artist, choreographer, dancer

Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, guest artist, choreographer, dancer

Robert Wood Dance

Samson et Delilah, choreographed by Peter Pucci



Open Professional classes in NYC, Paul Taylor Studios, STEPS. 1998-2017

Workshops taught: Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensives, Winter Intensives 1999-2017, Modern Technique, Repertory

Masterclasses: Taught masterclasses in the Taylor style in hundreds of cities across the US and in 30 countries.


Residencies: Guest Artist-In-Residence, Choreography, Teaching

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Booker T Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

Idyllwild High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Idyllwild, CA

Lehigh Valley High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Lehigh, PA

Long Island University, CW Post Campus, NY




Personal Statement

Personal Statement

I danced for the Paul Taylor Dance Company for 11 years, and before that with Taylor 2, the the outreach and performance arm of the company.

Before touring the world with the Taylor Company I danced with a number of choreographers in the 'Downtown', Dance Theater, and Performance Art scene as well as technique-based companies in New York City.

I was a founding member of choreographer Takehiro Ueyama's company, TakeDanceNY, and danced with other companies such as Amy Marshall Dance Company, Mazzini Dance Collection, Corbindances, Hernando Cortez & Co, and most recently guest artist and choreographer with Patricia Kenny Dance Collection.

As a late starter I developed a practical approach to technique as a support system for transcendent performances.

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