Taryn Kaschock Russell
Director of the Harkness Dance Center at 92Y
In Taryn’s twelve-year performing career with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) and the Joffrey Ballet, Taryn traveled extensively, performing works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. During her tenure as Director of Hubbard Street 2 between 2008 and the Spring of 2013, Taryn was responsible for programming and staffing the HSDC summer intensives and curating HSDC’s National Choreographic Competition each season. In this capacity, Taryn realized her passion for teaching and mentoring young and emerging artists. She has guest taught the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, and is a regular company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Taryn has been commissioned to choreograph work for HSDC as part of their Danc(e)volve Series at the Museum of Contemporary Art and has staged existing repertoire on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Taryn has composed a number of site-specific installations, most notably in collaborative partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kaschock Russell has served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase and at the Dance Division of The Juilliard School over the past five years.