Adair Landborn

Dr. Adair Landborn

Choreographer, teacher, and author, Adair Landborn is a New Mexico native. She celebrates the diversity of cultures found in the southwestern United States and draws inspiration from firsthand knowledge of the cultures of Asia, Europe, Spain, and Mexico she gained throughout her professional dance career.


B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the U.S. International University, School of Performing and Visual Arts (San Diego)

M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Dance/Drama from the University of Arizona (Tucson)

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Anthropology of Dance/Somatic Studies from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati)

Teaching Experience

UNM Taos, New Mexico

Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington

Academy for the Performing Arts, Hong Kong, China

Dance at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut


Certified Laban Movement Analyst (C.M.A.)


Howard D. Rothschild Research Fellowship in Dance from Harvard University, 1995

HKK Memorial Research Choreographer-In-Residence Award from Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, 1994

Choreographic Showcase Award from the Connecticut Choreographers’ Forum, 2001

Best In Arizona Award from the Tucson Women’s Video Festival, 1987

"Adair Landborn is spectacular! She has the ability to help each student specific to their needs while nurturing the integrity of the entire class. Her use of  imagery is so poignant she helps you to understand the movements intrinsically. Adair has taught me to be grounded in my body and to own my space, changing how I feel about myself as a dancer, and more importantly, how I feel about being a woman."

-Rachel Varela, Student