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Tina Curran, M.F.A., Ph.D is the coordinator of the B.F.A. in Dance: Dance Studies Option program at The University of Texas at Austin in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Theater and Dance. She oversees the preparation and professional mentorship of students pursuing their Texas dance teacher certification, acts as a liaison with the College of Education and oversees educational initiatives within the program and in the dance education community. Her areas of research explore dance literacy, living dance legacy and teacher preparation and professional development. Dr. Curran is a co-founder, with Ann Hutchison Guest, of the Language of Dance Center (USA). She conducts LOD certification courses and workshops nationally and internationally. She is a faculty member of the Dance Education Laboratory at the Harkness Dance Center in New York City where she offered courses in the Language of Dance, Dancing History/Living Legacy, topics in dance pedagogy, and transformational teaching. She has facilitated training, presented workshops and given interactive keynotes at numerous locations including: University of California Santa Barbara, Brigham Young University, New York University, Royal Academy of Dance and Roehampton University in the United Kingdom, Taipei National University of the Arts, El Centro Nationale des les Arts in Mexico City, New York City Department of Education, National Dance Education Organization, dance and the Child International, International Council of Kinetography Laban, Dance History Scholars, Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, Texas Dance Educators Association.
She has presented over 50 papers, workshops, and panels at regional, national, and international conferences. Her presentations include:
• Workshop. Picnic with the Standards: National Core Dance Standards and TEKS Dance. Texas Dance Education Association. Houston, TX.
• Keynote. Developing Dance Literacy within Artistic Processes through the Language of Dance Approach. Utah Dance Education Organization. Salt Lake City, UT.
• Panel. Examining Laban Studies as a Pedagogical Practice. International Council of Kinetography Laban conference, Tours, France.
• Co-presenter Workshop. Me, You, Us: Cultivating Global Identities Using LMA & LOD. Child international Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
• Co-presenter Paper. Creating a Mosaic of Curricular Transformation Through Language of Dance. National Dance Education Organization, Chicago, IL
• Workshop. Dancing History; Living Legacy: A Framework for Creative Process, Collaboration & Critical Inquiry: Pina Bausch. National Dance Education Organization. Chicago, IL
As a consultant to the New York City Department of Education Project Arts Office, Dr. Curran first participated in the writing of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance PreK-12 and afterward delivering professional development workshops for certified dance specialists.As a certified Director from Score for dances documented in Labanoation, Dr. Curran has staged works from the ballet and modern dance repertoire including L'Après Midi d'un Faune by Vaslav Nijinsky; How Long, Brethren? by Helen Tamiris; Desperate Heart by Valerie Bettis and both Gossip and Life Continues by Maggie Grippenberg. Her book credits include Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance, Second ed. co-author with Ann Hutchinson Guest, George Balanchine Critical Editions: Concerto Barocco co-authored with Christian Matjias and The Experience of Staging Vaslav Nijinky’s L’Apres-midi d’un Faune in Higher Education.
Curran received a B.F.A. in Dance from The Juilliard School, an M.F.A. in Choreographic Theory and Practice from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Administration from New York University. Her certification include: Language of Dance Certification Specialist, Teacher of Labanotation, American Ballet National Training Curriculum.
Dance / Dance Pedagogy