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Patty Harrington Delaney

Patricia Delaney

Patty Harrington Delaney

Associate Professor

Patty Harrington Delaney is the Chair of the SMU Division of Dance, where she also teaches choreography, dance theory and history. She is a specialist in Laban Studies and holds certifications in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Directing from Labanotation Score and Motif Writing and was awarded Professional Notator status by the Dance Notation Bureau. Her Labanotation scores include José Limón’s La Malinche, Leni Wylliams’ Sweet in the Morning and Pilobolus' Alraune. Her educational DVD on La Malinche won a silver award at the Houston International Film Festival. She has also worked with the American Dance Legacy Institute to create educational materials for their Etude Project, which makes short études by master choreographers accessible for research and performance. The University of Texas Press and Dance Chronicle have published her writing.

Harrington Delaney’s choreographic credits include numerous musicals for producing organizations such as Dallas Summer Musicals, television commercials for companies such as Samsung, industrials for corporations such as 7-Eleven and concert works for the regional modern dance company Dancers Unlimited as well as for the SMU Dance Division and Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Harrington Delaney, along with seven other alums of the B.F.A. and M.F.A. dance programs at SMU, was a founding member of Dancers Unlimited, a repertory company that remained an active force in the cultural life of Dallas for 25 years performing the works of renowned choreographers such as Judith Jamison, Moses Pendleton and Bill Evans.


B.F.A., M.F.A. Southern Methodist University
Teachers Certification in Motif Writing/Labanotation, Ohio State University
Professional Notator Certification, Dance Notation Bureau
Certification in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Integrated Movement Studies Institute


Analysis, documentation and preservation of dance masterworks

Professional Experience

Teaching, choreographing, restaging, rehearsal directing, artistic directing


Composition I and IV, Laban Studies, The Evolution of American Musical Theatre, First Year Experience


Articles in scholarly journals, Chapters in books, Labanotation scores, Educational DVDs


Fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Undergraduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)



Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for Non-Dance Majors

Student Internships & Collaborations


Visiting Artists

Film and Media Arts