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Senior Lecturer, Swarthmore College


Chandra Moss-Thorne began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Daniel Job and Nicole Sowinska. Chandra attended Butler University graduating with a BA with honors in Dance Pedagogy. She was a company member with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cincinnati Ballet and the Washington Opera Ballet. As a professional ballet dancer Chandra delighted audiences in many leading roles including Beauty in David Nixon’s Beauty and the Beast, the Lead Pas de Deux in Nils Christie’s Sync, Principal in John Butler’s Carmina Burana, Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Fairy Godmother in Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella and Lead Mazurka in Frederic Franklin’s Coppélia.

Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer at Swarthmore College teaching all levels of Ballet, Pointe and Partnering, Dance Lab I, and Pilates. Chandra restages classical ballets and creates contemporary ballet choreography for the Swarthmore Dance Program. Additionally, Chandra is a faculty project advisor for the Inclusive Excellence Fellows Initiative. She has been on faculty at Goucher College, Towson University, Bryn Mawr College, Stockton University and Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. She has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities across the country.

As a choreographer, Chandra has created works for the Stockton Dance Company, Swarthmore College Dance Program, Strath Haven High School, Drexel University Dance and the Delaware Valley Ballet Theatre. Her work has been featured in the Koresh Artists Showcase in Philadelphia.

Chandra works with Theresa Ruth Howard, founder and curator of MoBBallet, as an assistant program manager for the MoBBallet symposiums and the Cultural Competency Equity Coalition.

Chandra is a certified Pilates Instructor through Power Pilates. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.