Gretchen Ward Warren has been a Professor of Dance in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida in Tampa since 1983. Prior to this, she was a Soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet (1965-76) and Ballet Mistress of American Ballet Theatre II in New York (1978-83). As a dancer, Ms. Warren was trained in New York City and at London's Royal Ballet School. She is the author of two best-selling books, Classical Ballet Technique and The Art of Teaching Ballet. Well-known as a master teacher, she has taught at the school of the National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet School, the Boston Ballet School, Ballet Austin Academy in Texas, the Kansas City Ballet School, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, the Ballet Aspen (formerly, Ballet West) Summer Dance School in Colorado, the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Walnut Hill School.
In addition to her work as teacher and choreographer, Ms. Warren is also a member of United Scenic Artists and has designed costumes for numerous dance companies including American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet. She is listed in Who's Who in America, has served as a consultant-site visitor for the National Endowment of the Arts Dance Panel and the Dance Heritage Division of the Canada Arts Council. In the early 1990's, Ms. Warren functioned as the arts commentator for the NPR-affiliate radio station WUSF-FM in Tampa. She has also written for Dance magazine, Dance View, Dance Teacher Now, Pointe magazine and the St. Petersburg Times.
In 1997, Ms. Warren taught and conducted research for six months in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2001, as a result of her experiences with Australian Aborigines and Native Americans, she wrote and directed a three-act, dance-theatre production "Dancing With The Wheel of Ever Returning." It was voted "Best Performance Event" for 2001 by The Weekly Planet, the Tampa Bay area's alternative newspaper. Ms. Warren is currently working on a book about her experiences in Australia and this production. In 2002, she was honored to receive the Fulbright Association's Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Research in Dance. That same year, Ms. Warren was invited to Cuba for the 18th International Ballet Festival of Havana where she taught master classes at the National Ballet School of Cuba and reviewed festival performances for the American dance journal, Dance View.
At USF, Professor Warren teaches all levels of ballet technique, as well as Twentieth Century Dance History and Senior Seminar. Her hobby is growing roses. She maintains a garden with 160 rose bushes in Tampa and enjoys exhibiting her roses in horticultural shows across Florida. She is also an award-winning photographer of roses.