Beverly Blossom


Professor Emerita

Beverly Blossom

Beverly Blossom, a choreographer and dancer, was a principal dancer with the Nikolais Dance Theatre for 10 years, from 1953 to 1963. She then produced concerts of her own choreography in New York in the 1960s, participating in the development of the film-stage theatre of actor/poet Roberts Blossom, to whom she was married from 1966 to 1970. She choreographed and performed more than 100 works and received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and private foundations.

A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1967 to 1990, Beverly Blossom later renewed her career as a performer, presenting her solo works at the 1988 Jacob's Pillow Splash festival and at the Joyce Theatre 1989 showcase Womanworks. In 1993, Blossom was awarded a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award for sustained achievement. She held a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a master's degree in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. A professor emerita, Beverly Blossom choreographed for her own company (Blossom and Co. Inc.), performed, and taught after her retirement.