George Staib

Professor of Practice

Office: 115 Rich Building

Phone: 404-727-7267

Fax: 404-727-0306



George Staib began his dance training at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After receiving a BA in political science, he pursued his Master of Fine Arts degree at Temple University where he served on the faculty upon graduating. Some of Staib’s notable teachers include Ann Vachon, Sharon Kinney, Bela Lewitzky, Mark Heim, Irene Hultman, Geri Houlihan, Clay Talliaferro, and Betty Jones; while company credits include Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Coriolis Dance Company, and Paula Kellinger and Dancers. In addition, the fall of 2006 provided Staib the opportunity to perform with the José Limón Dance Company as a guest artist in their recreation of “Missa Brevis.” He was also invited to perform as a guest artist with the David Dorfman Dance Company in the spring of 2008. As a choreographer, Staib has been honored with awards and citations both nationally and internationally for his work. He received top honors for choreography in the Prague Dance and Theatre Prize 2000, held in the Czech Republic; was awarded the Governor’s Prize from the Philadelphia Council on the Arts in 1994 while still a student; and was the recipient of the Walkley Prize and the Weiss Prize for the Arts—both for his choreography. His work has been extensively commissioned and has been produced in over 20 states and has been selected for ACDFA Gala Performances. As a teacher, he served as a Guest Artist-in-Residence at Wilson College and the University of Nevada, and for four years was a choreographer for the Las Vegas Civic Ballet. Staib has an extensive background in music and has been recognized nationally for his choreographic and design contributions to high school band and colorguard programs, as well as the drum corps and winter guard activities, to which he still remains very devoted. He joined the Emory Dance Faculty in the fall of 2001 and teaches modern and ballet techniques, Introduction to Dance, Choreography, and Music for Dancers.