Access Services Librarian, Division of Library and Information Resources
Lavinia Welch's first career was in dance where she studied with Loyce Houlton (Minnesota Dance Theatre), Bruce Steivel (Hong Kong Ballet), Amanda Olivier (Sanders Wells Ballet), Conrad and Joy Ludlow (New York City Ballet), Nathalie Krassovska (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) and under full scholarship with Gretchen Warren (American Ballet Theatre). She also had the privilege to perform as a guest artist with Rire-Woodbury and Repertory Dance Theatre while raising her two children. Her students have danced for Alvin Ailey, Juilliard, Hubbard Street, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and in film and television. She was Vice President of a nonprofit dance organization for underprivileged children that was featured in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. After retiring from dance she went back to school and earned a Bachelors of Science in Geography from the University of Utah and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Lavinia is co-owner of Dancing Lilies Press, a children’s book publishing company with her sister. CalArts is the perfect complement to both her performing arts and library science education and experience.
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