Chair and Directors
Title/s: Director of Dance
Office #: Mundelein 921
Sandra Kaufmann is the founding director of the dance program at Loyola University. She teaches Modern I, Modern III, Ballet IV and Ballet V and Rehearsal and Performance, for which she serves as the artistic director for the annual mainstage dance concert.
Sandra is internationally recognized as a leading authority on classical modern dance technique and repertory with extensive experience as a dancer, director and educator. The Library of Congress in Washington DC invited her to present her program celebrating dance advocacy, “The Legacy of the New Dance Group,” in the Coolidge Auditorium, one of the only dance performances ever presented on that singular stage.
Sandra performed throughout the world as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. While based in New York City, she served on the faculty of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and as Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Ensemble. Sandra continues to work actively with the Martha Graham Center, teaching in their international summer intensive workshop and serving as a regisseur staging the repertory of Martha Graham throughout the country. She also performed extensively with celebrated choreographers, Pearl Lang and Richard Move.
With MOMENTA and Silo Chamber Dancers, Sandra danced many of the choreographic works by Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. She taught Humphrey/Weidman technique and theory on faculty at Barnard College and New York University and serves as a member of the board of the Doris Humphrey Society.Sandra’s embodied research consists of studying foundational techniques, rehearsing and coaching by authorities and performing several solos by American dance masters: Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, Deborah Zall, Anna Sokolow, Martha Graham and Jane Dudley, in order to expose audiences and preserve and transmit these dances for the future.
A prolific choreographer, Ms. Kaufmann has created work for concert dance, musical theatre productions, aerial dance, opera, video and site-specific works. Her choreography has been honored with awards from Dance Magazine Foundation, Tidmarsh Arts Foundation, The American College Dance Festival, Bossak/Heilbrun Foundation, The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and The Sloan Science and Technology Commission. With playwright, Michael Bassett and physicist, Brian Greene, Sandra presented the keynote address for Art/Science International's Annual Conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York City on their interdisciplinary full evening work, Superstrings.
Ms. Kaufmann graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where she delivered the commencement addresses for both colleges. Sandra was awarded talented student scholarships from Northern Illinois University and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and has received academic awards from Illinois Board of Regents, USA Today, Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority and George Hawkins Foundation.
Sandra served on the faculty of Barnard College, New York University and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. In Chicago she has taught at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, University of Chicago and The Academy of Movement and Music. At Loyola University Chicago Sandra was been awarded the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016 as well as was chosen the by the Maroon and Gold Society as Faculty Member of the Year.
B.S.Ed., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Northern Illinois University
Professional Studies Certification, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance