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LilaAnn White

Portrait of LilaAnn White

Professional title

Assistant Professor, Dance


LilaAnn Coates White is an Assistant Professor of Dance for the Department of Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She teaches all levels of Ballet Technique (I-IV) and Conditioning for Dance. Previous classes include Dance History, Modern Technique I and Special Topics courses.

Ms. White is a choreographer who in 2015 was granted a Fellowship Initiative from the New York Choreographic Institute founded by Peter Martins. Her work has been regarded as “sexy”, “humorous” and “tremendously exciting to watch” by the Duluth News Tribune.  She has choreographed for numerous UMD dance concerts, including: DanceWorks, Bare Bones, Off the Record, Action/Reaction, Pulse Points and Collaborative Spirits in Motion.  Her choreography has been featured in UMD opera productions of: Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Samson et Delila, Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus and most recently Street Scene. Ms. White has choreographed several works for the Minnesota Ballet including Dear John, and If You Were Here.  Other works include pieces for Lyric Opera of the North, Arrowhead Chorale, Ressl Dance!, Dances on the Lakewalk and American College Dance Festival Association. Most recently Ms. White choreographed a gala piece for the School of the Minnesota Ballet involving thirty-six students to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Minnesota Ballet.

Ms. White danced professionally for ten years and holds a B.A. in Health Sciences and a Master of Arts in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica.  She is also the Principal Teacher for the School of the Minnesota Ballet.  Ms. White has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive and is an ABT Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 5 by the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum.