I’m an Assistant Professor in Dance under the umbrella of the Fine and Performing Arts, and so far everyone I’ve worked with at D&E has been exceptionally clear, helpful, and generous.
I would like to use this opportunity to develop a new, unique dance program, offering the county’s first major in American Vernacular Dance, a curricular idea we’re also we’re developing during Augusta’s Week 5. In the college program, students should be able to pursue a dance focus in any number of genres, though project-based curriculum and self-directed study with faculty supervision.
I also want to offer a Sustainable Dance track for dancers who don’t necessarily want to become professional dancers as their primary vocation, but want to maintain an involvement in dance as a healthy, life-long movement practice. This track would work well as a double major paired with other studies.
There will also be a Contemporary Dance track, and my colleague Laurie Goux at Davis & Elkins has studied with Katherine Dunham, Eric Hawkins, and many other significant modern dancers throughout her long and distinguished career.
After all the complaining I’ve done about the modern/postmodern dance monopoly on dance programs in higher education, I better put my money where my mouth is . . . Here I go!