Conferences

In addition to my creative and scholarly work at UA, below you will find a list of various regional and national conferences and festivals I have attended in order to share my knowledge and to learn from others in the field.


March 2018
American College Dance Festival, South Region, Presenter
Taught Bartenieff and contemporary floor work master classes at regional conference.
Natchitoches, LA

January 2018
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Helped plan and implement the annual Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham, AL. Headed up the audition committee, coordinated teachers for the audition classes, communicated with organizations represented at the audition (college programs and summer dance intensives), oversaw 6 students assisting with registration and coordination at the festival, collected results. 
Birmingham, AL

September 2017
National Association of Schools of Dance Annual Conference, attendee
As chair of the accreditation committee, I attended the NASD conference to ensure continuation of proper documentation and reporting for association compliance for dance program at UA. Gathered additional information on next steps for plan approval for our new MFA degree in dance.
Tucson, AZ

July 2017
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brought 165 ballet students from across the country and internationally, ages 11-17 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory. Taught modern and choreography courses, supervised 25 counselors, 6 accompanists, 6 staff members and 6 ABT faculty. Coordinate the daily operations of the intensive including room and board, facilities, and transportation.
Tuscaloosa, AL

January 2017
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Helped plan and implement the annual Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham, AL. Headed up the faculty selection committee, reviewing teacher applications from across the nation to select instructors and classes they will teach at the festival. Assisted Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson, with scheduling for the 3-day weekend of classes, technical rehearsals, performances, and workshops for the festival. Headed the concert selection committee, reviewing applications for dances for the New Works and Alabama Showcase concerts. Developed rubric for scoring, oversaw committee meetings for selection of works, got feedback back to applicants and generated show order for three concerts of the festival.
Birmingham, AL

October 2016
Undoing Racism, attendee
Presented by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, this three day workshop served to deepen my understanding of systematic racism in America to apply information to research process and teaching philosophies and practices.
New Orleans, LA

October 2016
National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference, attendee
Washington, D.C.

August 2016
Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Presenter
Invited performance group as part of the International Collegiate Theatre Festival to perform group work "co/lapse" at the 2016 Fringe festival. Performance description:
co/lapse - From a molecular level to social constructs, nature’s tendency toward disorder overrides our basic desire for systematic structure. The constant pressure to collapse into chaos is combated by our will to rise. Succumbing to gravity and the momentum of one another, six choreographers and eight dancers investigate the curious nature of entropy and its necessity as they seek equilibrium within the deterioration that surrounds us. Come watch as the performers navigate a turbulent landscape of space and time, working together to find stability in an otherwise unpredictable world. I served as choreographer and artistic director for the group, helping to weave together separate works created by 5 student choreographers and myself into one 50 minute dance.
Edinburgh, Scotland

January 2016
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Helped plan and implement the annual Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham, AL. Headed up the faculty selection committee, reviewing teacher applications from across the nation to select instructors and classes they will teach at the festival. Assisted Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson, with scheduling for the 3-day weekend of classes, technical rehearsals, performances, and workshops for the festival. Headed the concert selection committee, reviewing applications for dances for the New Works and Alabama Showcase concerts. Developed rubric for scoring, oversaw committee meetings for selection of works, got feedback back to applicants and generated show order for three concerts of the festival.
Birmingham, AL

August 2015
Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Presenter
Duet “squared” performed in the 70thInternational Choreographers’ Showcase at largest and oldest international arts festival. Additionally attend the International Collegiate Theatre Festival to make arrangements for UA Dance to present as part of the 2016 Festival.
Edinburgh, Scotland

July 2015
21st Kalamata International Dance Festival Presenter
Dance film "there, again" selected for screening at A Tribute to Dance & Movement, a branch of the Video Art Festival Miden. In the frame of the 21st Kalamata Dance Festival, Festival Miden was invited to curate an open public screening with a selection of contemporary video art works on dance and choreographic movement. Works by international video artists from Festival Miden archives were specially selected for this event, jointly curated by Gioula Papadopoulou and Margarita Stavraki –founding members of Festival Miden – and Christiana Galanopoulou, artistic director of MIRfestival (Athens) & VideoDance festival (2000-2007, Athens & Thessaloniki) and collaborator of Kalamata International Dance Festival. 
Kalamata, Greece

July 2015
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brought 165 ballet students from across the country and internationally, ages 11-17 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory. Taught modern and anatomy courses, supervised 23 counselors, 6 accompanists, 6 staff members and 6 ABT faculty. Coordinate the daily operations of the intensive including room and board, facilities, and transportation.
Tuscaloosa, AL

June 2015
Salt Dance Festival attendee
Attended two-week dance intensive for immersive training in choreography, improvisation, contemporary technique and Reiki practice in relation to dance. Trained with renowned artists Jesse Zaritt, Paul Matteson and Molly Heller.
Salt Lake City, UT

January 2015
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Helped plan and implement the annual Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham, AL. Headed up the faculty selection committee, reviewing teacher applications from across the nation to select instructors and classes they will teach at the festival. Assisted Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson, with scheduling for the 3-day weekend of classes, technical rehearsals, performances, and workshops for the festival. Assisted with driving guest faculty during the conference. Headed the concert selection committee, reviewing applications for dances for the New Works and Alabama Showcase concerts. Developed rubric for scoring, oversaw committee meetings for selection of works, got feedback back to applicants and generated show order for three concerts of the festival.
Birmingham, AL

November 2014
National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference Presenter
Presented on collaborative practices within a choreography class, focusing on collaborations done with creative writing and print making students from my Fall 2013 class projects.
Chicago, IL

September 2014
National Association of Schools of Dance Annual Conference attendee
As chair of the accreditation committee, I attended the NASD conference to ensure continuation of proper documentation and reporting for association compliance for dance program at UA.
Snowbird, UT

July 2014
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brought 160 ballet students from across the country ages 11-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Taught modern and anatomy courses, supervised 25 counselors, 5 accompanists, 6 staff members and 6 ABT faculty. Coordinate the daily operations of the intensive including room and board, facilities, and transportation.
Tuscaloosa, AL

January 2014
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Coordinated “New Works” concert, an adjudicated choreography concert for college students, faculty and young professional choreographers. Served on faculty selection committee for the regional dance conference as head of the Faculty committee and panel to select dances for New Works and Showcase concerts. Oversaw 16 students who attended the festival, taking classes and performing two student and one faculty work.
Birmingham, AL

July 2013
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brought 200 ballet students from across the country ages 11-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Taught modern and anatomy courses, supervised 30 counselors, 5 accompanists, 5 staff members and 7 ABT faculty. Coordinate the daily operations of the intensive including room and board, facilities, and transportation.
Tuscaloosa, AL

January 2013
Alabama Dance Festival Organizer
Coordinated “New Works” concert, an adjudicated choreography concert. Liaison with adjudicators Kyle Abraham, Barbara Angeline and Edie Barnes. Also helped select faculty for the regional dance conference as head of the Faculty committee.
Birmingham, AL

March 2012
CIT Faculty Technology Showcase Presenter
Presented on the use of technology in the dance classroom, particularly the use of iPads and e-learning in assessment for technique and choreography courses within the dance program.
Tuscaloosa, AL

March 2012
San Francisco Dance Film Festival Presenter
Presented dance film “there, again.” My film was one of 25 selected out of 150 submissions from 20 different countries. 
San Francisco, CA

January 2012
Alabama Dance Festival Presenter
Taught modern technique and improvisation during statewide dance festival.
Birmingham, AL

September 2011
National Association of Schools of Dance Annual Conference attendee
As chair of the accreditation committee, I attended the NASD conference to ensure continuation of proper documentation and reporting for association compliance for dance program at UA.
St. Petersburg, FL

July 2011
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brings 160 ballet students from across the country ages 11-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Also taught Pilates classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

March 2011
American College Dance Festival, South East Region Presenter
Taught Choreography and Improvisation master classes at regional conference.
Tallahassee, FL

October 2010
National Dance Education Organization National Conference Presenter
Co-presenter of two workshops, “What did you see? Discussing dance using Laban Movement Analysis” and “From inspiration to completion. Crafting dance with Laban Movement Analysis”.
Tempe, AZ

October 2010
Arts Education Summit Presenter
This conference was sponsored by the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and the State Council on the Arts. Presented a lecture-demonstration on “Dancing in School” in which we showcased the kind of teaching the dance majors bring into the public schools. Also presented a session on “Dance by Chance: The Merce Cunningham Process”.
Tuscaloosa, AL

September 2010
National Association of Schools of Dance Annual Conference attendee
As chair of the accreditation committee, I attended the NASD conference to ensure continuation of proper documentation and reporting for association compliance for dance program at UA.
Tucson, AZ

July 2010
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brings 185 ballet students from across the country ages 11-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Also taught Pilates classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

March 2010
American College Dance Festival, South East Region Presenter
Taught Bartenieff Fundatmentals and Improvisation master classes at regional meeting. Presented dance Mass Production, which was selected for the gala concert.
Murfreesboro, TN

February 2010
Active and Collaborative Learning Conference attendee
Attended conference to learn more about assessment methods for classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

January 2010
Alabama Dance Festival Presenter
Taught modern technique and improvisation during statewide dance festival.
Birmingham, AL

June-July 2009
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brings 185 ballet students from across the country ages 11-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Also taught Pilates classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

April 2009
Panoply Choreography Competition Presenter
Choreographic work, Mass Production, selected for the honorable mention concert.
Huntsville, AL

March 2009
American College Dance Festival, South East Region Presenter
Taught advanced modern technique master class at regional meeting.
Murfreesboro, TN

February 2009
Active and Collaborative Learning Conference attendee
Attended conference to learn more about the construction and use of rubrics as a guide and evaluation tool for classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

September 2008
National Association of Schools of Dance Annual Conference attendee
As chair of re-accreditation committee, I attended the NASD conference to ensure proper documentation in accreditation process for dance program at UA.
Minneapolis, MN

August 2008
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Presenter
Performed choreographic work Something About Him at largest and oldest international fringe festival.
Edinburgh, Scotland

June-July 2008
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Director
Director of the three week intensive program which brings ballet students from across the country ages 12-18 for classes and a final showcase performance of classical repertory and new choreographic works. Also taught kinesiology classes.
Tuscaloosa, AL

March 2008
American College Dance Festival, South East Region Presenter
Choreographic work, One Last Look Around, presented along with teaching modern dance master classes.
Gainesville, FL

October 2007
National Outreach Scholarship Conference Presenter
Poster presentation describing pilot program which brought dance majors into the elementary schools to teach dance during P.E. time.
Madison, WI

June-July 2007
American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Instructor
Taught modern dance and kinesiology to ballet students from across the country ages 12-18 for 3 week intensive. Set new choreographic work, Allegro Assai. Assistant Director of the program.
Tuscaloosa, AL

April 2007
Panoply Choreography Competition Presenter
Choreographic work, Primary Journeys, selected for the gala concert showing.
Huntsville, AL

October 2006
International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference attendee
West Palm Beach, FL

April 2005
Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Annual Conference Presenter
Outstanding Paper Award in the Division of Arts (Published)
Orem, UT

Oct 2004
International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Conference attendee
San Francisco, CA

Sept 2004
Graduate Humanities Conference Presenter
Salt Lake City, UT

May 2004
Somatics Applied to Dancing attendee
Salt Lake City, UT