Dana did her early training at Juilliard, the Royal Ballet School in England, the Munich Opera Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory. After five years as a professional dancer, she turned her energies to an M.F.A. at Connecticut College where she was awarded a teaching fellowship. For five years she was head of the dance department at Middlebury College, where she founded the Middlebury College Dance Company and the Festival on the Green, before teaching dance at Marlboro.
Of Marlboro she says, “It is the ideal place for a dancer who also wants to work in other areas of the curriculum. For the same reason, there are wonderful opportunities for collaboration between theater, music, and dance faculty and students.” Dana maintained a prolific level of creative activity while at Marlboro, turning out a steady stream of new dance performances, both at the college and in the southern Vermont community. In addition to her work at Marlboro, Dana founded and served as artistic director and choreographer for the Coincidance dance company and still supports artists’ endeavors as often as possible in the area.