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).

Myra Woodruff

Myra Woodruff

Professor of Dance

Myra Woodruff, a native of Kilgore, Texas, joined SMU in 2004 after six years with the renowned Rudra Bejart ballet school, where she was the first full-time modern dance teacher in the school’s history. She performed throughout Europe as a guest artist with the Bejart Ballet Lausanne professional company and taught Martha Graham techniques to both the professional and student dancers. She also collaborated with renowned theatre directors in Europe on works of Shakespeare and Sophocles, adjudicated national dance competitions, and choreographed works for Bejart’s second company, La Compagnie M, which were presented on international tour. Woodruff served as a visiting professor of dance at SMU in 1997 and at Florida State University from 1995-98. Prior to that, she was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1987-95 and a full-time faculty member of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance from 1985-95.  She appeared in more than 35 of Graham’s ballets, helped reconstruct eight works, participated in four new creations, and taught master classes both domestically and abroad. She earned a B.A. from New York University, where she received four scholarships, and received additional training at the Martha Graham School, the Pilates studio of Robert Fitzgerald, The University of Texas at Austin (where she studied piano) and Kilgore College.

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