Dance, Department Chair
Dr. Cara Gargano is Chair of the Dance Department at the Third Street Music School Settlement and the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management and the CW Post Campus of Long Island University, where she is Professor of Dance and Theatre. A former dancer, she studied at the prestigious New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis and later taught at the school; she has worked in theatre, opera, musical comedy and as a ballet dancer with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Upstate Repertory Theater, US Terpsichore Ballet Co., the Empire State Ballet, Garden State Ballet and Arlington Dance Theatre. She has also worked as a stage director and choreographer; her concert choreography for Cara Gargano Dance Company received warm reviews from the New York Times and has been presented in Europe as well as in the United States. In a 1986 New York Times review, Gargano was described as having "the knack of weaving movement into a whole. [She] is a performer with an appealingly open, expansive line and attack."
Dr. Gargano also holds a PhD in French language and literature from the City University Graduate Center and has published in both English and French in Modern Drama, Reliologiques, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research International and New Theatre Quarterly. She has provided chapters for several books including Mythes dans la littérature contemporaine d'expression française, Réécritures des mythes: utopie au feminine, Réécritures de Madeleine Monette, Anne-Marie Alonzo: Collection d'essais, and most recently, Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters. She has translated several plays from the French that have been produced in New York and Ohio.
A member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Modern Language Association, and the Society for Dance History Scholars, Dr. Gargano is twice Past President of the Congress on Research in Dance, and has served as a choreography peer reviewer for the National Dance Association Promotion and Tenure Initiative. She has recently completed a translation of Marie Laberge's first novel, Juillet.