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I am a Professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Washington where I teach courses in salsa, tango, ballroom dance, research methods, and dance studies. My career has been split between teaching dance in commercial and academic settings. I transitioned into teaching primarily in universities because I wanted to integrate dance history into all my class and I used to think studio dancers weren’t interested in dance history. Now I believe every dance student is hungry to connect to their lineage. My goal is to help students to discover their own movement style through engagement with dance history. My movement classes offer a balance of skill-building and creative exploration and my academic classes include embodied experiences. All are informed by theories of critical pedagogies that center feminist goals. Some of my favorite subjects to teach include:

Juliet McMains leading middle school students.
Photo by  Kathy Sauber
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UW Tango students Ky Ngo and Neha Saraf. Photo by Tim Summers.

I have been a visiting faculty at:

  • Choreomundus, Trondheim, Norway

  • Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

I was previously on the faculty at:

  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL               

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

I have taught at festivals such as:

  • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Moscow, Idaho

  • Orlando Salsa Festival, Orlando, FL

  • New York Baroque Dance Company Summer Festival

Visit the University of Washington Department of Dance to see a list of courses taught. 


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