Since coming to New York in 1994 from Slovenia, Astrid von Ussar has become a sought after choreographer and teacher. She has been on faculty at The Ailey School since 1998 and has also taught at Ballet Hispanico, Peridance and Dance New Amsterdam. Ms. von Ussar has taught workshops around the U.S. and Europe and her choreography is part of the repertory of Lula Washington Dance Theater, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, the Ailey Student Performance Group, among others. Her company, VON USSAR danceworks, premiered in 2002. She was commissioned to do a new works on the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. students in 2008, Genesis Dance Company in 2009 and Opus Dance Theater in 2010. Ms. von Ussar also instructs the curriculum based residency program, Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Dance, for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. She has a M.A. in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is also the Artistic Co-director of The Dance Gallery Festival.