Sandra Burton

Sandra Burton
Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance
'62 Center for Theatre & Dance Rm 290


B.A. City College of New York (1983)
M.F.A. Bennington College, Choreography/Dance (1987)

Honorary Degree

  • Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

At Williams

  • 2009-Present  :: Chair, Department of Dance
  • 2004-Present :: Lipp Family endowed Chair of Dance
  • 1989-Present :: Co-Artistic Director of Kusika
  • 1983-2009 :: Director, Dance Program


Sandra L Burton is a dancer, choreographer, educator and arts presenter. Her choreography for theater includes five seasons at Williamstown Theater Festival as well as productions at PlayMakers Repertory Theater (Salome), Goodman Theater (Joe Turner Come and Gone), Henry Street Settlement (Duet) and five seasons with Williams College Theater Department.  She choreographed composer Craig Harris’ productions of Gods Trombones (two seasons at the Apollo Theater and additional performances at MASS MoCA, Harlem Gate House and Teatro Manzoni Milano, Italy).  Burton’s choreography has also been performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, Judson Memorial Church, MASS MoCA and at venues in Brazil, Nicaragua and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  She toured nationally for eleven years as a member of the Chuck Davis Dance Company and also performed with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the Horse’s Mouth Project during the 2004-2005 seasons.

Current projects include collaborating with Dr. Don Quinn Kelley on a documentary film, Out SomeWhere Dancing on the life and work of choreographer/humanitarian Chuck Davis, and collaborating with other Berkshire County, Massachusetts residents to found and execute Lift Ev’ry Voice, a festival celebrating African American culture and history since 2011.  Recently Burton researched and co-curated with Dalila Scruggs “African Americans and the American Scene 1929-1945”, an exhibition of visual art and media for Williams College Museum of Art, January-April 2012.

Burton serves on the board of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Corporator (since 2010), a Trustee Emeritus of MASS MoCA and retired from the Jacob’s Pillow board in 2007.

She was appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Education’s Arts Curriculum Framework Committee from 1993-96 and selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as a dancer/educator serving nationally in the Artist in Education program from 1978-1983. She has been a panelist or consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, LEF Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation and numerous state arts councils from 1982 to the present.