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Mila Parrish is the Director of Dance Education. Parrish joined the faculty of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance in August 2012 and in that short time she has established instructional initiatives including, Dancers Connect a free community dance program, iDance NC a curriculum of dance instruction using videoconferencing and interactive technologies, reconstruction initiatives and community service programs.
Parrish is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in pedagogy and interdisciplinary instruction giving numerous professional development workshops, and over 70 national and international conference sessions, panels and presentations thought the US and in Canada, China, Finland, Brazil, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands including the Keynote Address on Dance and Technology at the Taipei Dance Education Research Consortium in Taipei, Taiwan. Her pedagogy and community scholarship has been celebrated in Dance Magazine and Dancer Teacher Now publications.
She has served on the Executive Board of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) as the Director of Technology, Dance and the Child International (daCi) as the Newsletter Editor, the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) and the Journal for Learning in the Arts (JLTA). Her scholarship and publications have established new trends in dance technology, integrated curriculum and teacher training in the digital arena. Parrish has published in a wide range of journals, including Journal of Dance Education, Journal of Learning in the Arts, and the International Journal of Dance Education and is the recipient of grant support exceeding $1.1M for her own work and has served as PI and as a collaborator on NSF, USDOE, AZDOE, ASU VP of Research grant support exceeding $2.1M. Of her many honors include the 2011 Advocacy Award for leadership in dance education from the SCDA. The award is granted to individuals who have made sustained contributions dance in the areas of advocacy, innovation in pedagogy, quality of community initiatives and personal leadership and integrity.
Taylor King - received her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University is currently a 2nd year MFA student at UNCG. Taylor began dancing at the age of two ballet and later in her training she added tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop. I love teaching and have been doing so off an on for 11 years, mostly working with children. I look forward to working with Dancers Connect!
Danielle Kinne, originally from the desserts of California, received her BFA in Dance Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She began her formal training at Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI) and attended Purchase College, SUNY. In 2006 Dani joined the Leah Stein Dance Company, a community of dancers devoted to exploring the connections between history, location, and improvisation. The company is also dedicated to the integration of community and transformation of urban spaces into artistic playgrounds and structural pieces of art. She has performed company works such as Carmina Burana, GATE (a performance at Philadelphia's famous Eastern State Penitentiary), Urban Echoes (a collaboration with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia) and many more. Danielle has spent many summers at Interlochen Arts camp as dance faculty working with 8-15 year olds. She has also choreographed and performed as part of Philly Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center's Outdoor Performance series. Danielle left the Philadelphia dance community in 2012 and began a semester of teaching as adjunct faculty for Coker College. She then made the decision to pursue her MFA in Choreography with licensure at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is currently working on the development of her superhuman powers as a teaching assistant and maker of dance. Her favorite food is dollar tacos, and she loves her dog Sadie.
Melinda Waegerle is an Assistant Professor of Dance Education and the Coordinator for Undergraduate Dance Education at UNCG. Her work focuses on dance and interdisciplinary work across the curriculum. She is a Senior Fellow for the A+ Schools Program (a nationally recognized school reform effort). She has taught in a variety of public school settings across the nation and is currently teaching dance at Jesse Wharton Elementary as part of her research. Her work has appeared in several publications including Dance Teacher Magazine. Her joy is in helping others discover the power of dance to express the internal to the outside world. Other interests include science, the great outdoors and reading mysteries.
Monica Washington is a Dance Education major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she soon will receive her BFA degree in dance with a K-12 dance teacher licensure. Monica was born in Charlotte, NC where she studied dance at Rhythm Dance Studio for 14 years and competed in their professional company for 12 years. She has studied the dance styles of tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, African, and hip hop. She is a leader in our Spartan G's Dance Team where she serves as Captain.
Terri Winchell is currently a teaching artist at the high school in the Davie County Schools outside of Winston-Salem, NC. Terri's early training earned her a BFA degree from East Carolina University, ballet in NYC and later an MFA degree in performance, choreography and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, and simply whetted her appetite for a life in dance. Upon her return to NC, Terri travelled to UNCG earning her undergraduate then graduate licensure while beginning her career as a Dance Educator. In public education for 28 years Terri has developed several programs around the state, in Pitt County, Forsyth County and now in Davie County. She was granted the Outstanding Graduate Dance Award at SMU and later the Dance Educator of the Year award from D.A.N.C.E and NCAAPHERD and has served on several state committees. She created and produced the Regional Day of Dance in Davie County for many years attracting a variety of prestigious artists from around the state as well as the NC Dance Festival to work with her students and students from area schools. Terri's curiosity led her to the Bill Evans Teacher Intensives (BETI) where she committed to and completed the certification program in Evans/Laban/Bartenieff work. Also, she added Yoga certification completing her Teacher Training with Valerie Midget in Boone, NC. Interested in Transformational learning her classroom has evolved into a center for collaboration, inquiry and personal investigation. Many of Terri's students have participated in the NC Governor's school and many have made life decisions to attend UNCG, Meredith College, ECU, UNCC, and UNC for dance and dance-related fields. Terri has enjoyed workshop opportunities to share her process at ECU, Meredith College, SUNY Brockport, Salem College and this past summer at UNCG.