Free ballet classes offered every Monday evening from 6:00-7:15 in the Appenzellar-Buchanan Dance Studio. Classes are open to anyone from the Chambersburg community and are taught by Nancy Walker and Beth Skroban.

Orchesis will present the Fall Concert on November 8, 9 in the Appenzellar-Buchanan Dance Studio. For more information contact Paula Kellinger at 717-2644141, extension 3274 or email

Nicole Zvarik will be the dance Artist in Residence from October 6th – October 13th. Ms. Zvarik currently choreographs, performs, and teaches in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Wilson College in 2003 with majors in Sociology and Dance.

Performance Opportunities in the Dance Program

Fall Studio Concert

Our fall studio concert is held in the Appenzellar-Buchanan Dance Studio at Wilson College. This concert consists of work made by students participating in Orchesis, as well as visiting artists. This performance is in an intimate environment in which spectators and students explore the boundaries and definitions of dance.

Spring Laird Concert

This concert is in the proscenium setting and also features student choreography and the work of guest artists.

Outreach Series

One of the missions of Orchesis is to expose and educate the community about dance. We work in outreach programs  provided by the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, participate in fundraising events sponsored by organizations such as the local farmers market, and organize programs for local elementary schools. This year, we are adding a Saturday matinee to our fall performance in order to encourage attendance by young audiences.

More Information


Paula Kellinger
717-264-4141 ext. 3274 
Departments and Positions:
Fine Arts, Professor of Dance
School Extension 3274

Paula Claire Kellinger


Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; MFA Dance                                     
Adelphi University, Garden City, LI, NY; BFA Dance, BA Sociology/Anthropology

Director/Founder with Susan Rethorst of SUPA  
2005 - current

Wilson College, Chambersburg Pennsylvania
1989 – current     Professor of Dance

Kanon Dance Company/Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
Fall 2005, resident choreographer/teacher

Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Slazburg, Austria
Fall 2005, resident choreographer/master teacher

Academia Del’Arte, Arezzo, Italy
Fall 2005, resident choreographer/master teacher

Universita Perugia, Perugia, Italy
Fall 2005, resident choreographer/master teacher

Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
1992 – 2004, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Dance History


2012    the quiet dance  (Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC)
2012   rain   (Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC)
2011   some(body) is here
2011   crumble                                                                                
2009   SS46D&6C
2008   “what she saw…”
2007   Gloomy Gus
2006   Eyes
2005   Face Fractures
2004   'consider this…’
2003   A Nod to the Land of Mourning
2002   Tonno
2002   Backslash
2001   Stiamo Tutte Bene
2000   Fields and Fields of Fennel
2000   Tea Wafers
2000   Among Her Souvenirs

Works choreographed prior to 2000 provided upon request.


Donald Bletz Outstanding Teaching Award 2012, 2000, 1997
Wilson College Summer Research Stipend 2011, 2008, 2002
Sabbatical Leave Fall 2005
Mazur Professorship 2003
Best Director Grand Prix Italia 2002
NEA Choreographic Fellowship 1999
PSCA Choreographic Fellowship 1999, 1996


Susan Rethorst
Wendy Perron
Meredith Monk
Trisha Brown Apprentice
Brendan McCall
Laura Dean