Dance

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Meadows’ Division of Dance is one of the top programs in the U.S. offering both conservatory dance instruction and liberal arts education.

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In addition to technique training, students are immersed in theoretical studies that include dance history, kinesiology, music theory/history and choreography.

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Students perform masterworks of the great choreographers of the 20th century, including Balanchine, Graham, Humphrey, Limón and Sokolow, as well as works by contemporary masters such as Taylor, Parsons, Battle, Pilobolus and more.

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Student choreography is a major component of the student experience, guided by expert faculty and opportunities to learn from visiting masters such as Bruce Wood (pictured).

Shelley Berg

Professor

Shelley C. Berg is a Professor in the Dance Division at Southern Methodist University. Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and at The Place with Jane Dudley and Matt Mattox, Berg danced with the Slovene National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She received her doctorate in performance studies from New York University, and has taught at NYU, SUNY-Purchase, City College of New York and the American Dance Festival. Dr. Berg, a past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars, is the author of Le Sacre du printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham. Her articles have been published in Dance Research Journal, Dance Research (UK) and Dance Chronicle. A recipient of several Dance USA and National Endowment for the Arts grants for historical reconstructions, Berg received a Senior Ford Research Fellowship from SMU in 2006.

Education

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University
M.A. in Performing Arts, American University

Research

Dance history; dance directing and coaching; restaging and reconstruction

Professional Experience

Guest faculty at New York University; SUNY Purchase; City College of New York; American University; University of Maryland; School of the Hartford Ballet; American Dance Festival; Texas Ballet Theatre School; Texas Woman’s University; and Texas Christian University.

Teaching

Ballet, Pointe, Dance History, Teaching Methodologies, Research Methodologies, Criticism and Aesthetics

Publications

Le Sacre du printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham (UMI Research Press); “The Sense of the Past” in Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry (Univ. Of Pittsburgh Press); articles in Dance Research Journal; Dance Research (UK); Dance Chronicle; The Chronicle of Higher Education; Washington DanceView

Distinctions

President: Society of Dance History Scholars (2001-2004)
Five NEA/Dance USA/NIPAD grants for reconstruction
Senior Ford Research Fellowship, Southern Methodist University

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