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MP28: Evolving Practices in Embodiment Education and Performance


This working group provides a forum for movement educators to exchange pedagogy and artistic practices. Themes of common interest include: decolonizing dance education, embodiment and social change, improvisation as research, community engaged dance.

Open to New People

Active since: 2023

  • University of Rochester
  • Hamilton College
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Skidmore College

Collaborative Goals

  1. To build a network of central NY dance educators and educators in allied fields working with movement and embodiment.
  2. To share ideas, pedagogy and artistic practices through peer exchange.
  3. To bring artist-educators for workshops, infusing our region with new ideas (and providing disciplinary professional development rarely available in central NY).
  4. To research and share best practices in articulated themes of common interest, specifically: To re-envision and revise curriculum (prioritizing inclusivity, interdisciplinarity, cultural competence, and application) through: discourse across institutions, collective research, and working with guest facilitators at the forefront of decolonizing dance education and evolving practices in dance performance.

Group Organizers

Anne Harris Wilcox

Associate Professor, Dance Program, University of Rochester

Donna Davenport

Professor of Dance, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Kieron Dwayne Sargeant

Assistant Professor, Dance, Skidmore College

Missy Pfohl Smith

Director, Program of Dance and Movement, University of Rochester

Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp

Associate Professor, Dance Program, University of Rochester

Sarah Jacobs

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and Movement Studies, Hamilton College


Friday Forum

Dec. 1, 2023, 1:30 p.m.

Friday Forum

Nov. 3, 2023, 1:30 p.m.