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Mila Parrish is the Director of the MA program in Dance Education. Parrish joined the faculty of the UNCG School of Music Theater 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.
Hannah is a sophomore Dance Education Major with a Business Minor. She has a passion for kids inside and outside of dance. She is a summer camp counselor at the YMCA which allows her to impact many kids life over the course of the summer. Hannah is also involved in a club at the YMCA called Leaders Club which has taught her many leadership skills, organization skills, and many other things that she can use in life. Her dance career started at age 6 at a competition studio but did not compete until her senior year of high school after she switched studios. Hannah was very involved in the dance program at her high school as well. Her biggest mentor in dance was Mrs. Newhouse who taught her for three years in high school. Mrs. Newhouse was a graduate of the dance program at UNCG and is the main reason that Hannah is the dancer that she is today. Hannah is from Wake Forest, North Carolina and has two younger siblings. She is super excited about Dancers Connect this year and how the kids can grow.
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.
Jennifer Cheek is a Dance Educator for Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her current position at E.E. Smith High School follows previous teaching experiences at Glenn High School and Reagan High School in Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools (2012). Jennifer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Education (2010) and is currently earning her Master's Degree in Dance and Education (UNCG). In addition to teaching, she has also instructed at Linda Kinlaw School of Dance in Raeford, North Carolina and has coached for the E.E. Smith Auxiliary Dance Line (2014). Through her experiences, Jennifer has developed a love that she aspires to share with students to fulfill her passion and purpose for dance. Jennifer Cheek currently resides in Fayetteville, NC and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Coretta Walker has danced for over 18 years. Originally from Whiteville, NC, Coretta was a standout student in lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance forms. A gifted performer Coretta was awarded All-County Dancer and performed in the county's Celebrate the Arts festival three times. She attended the Governor's School West at Salem College and studies modern dance, tap, and jazz. After her time at the Governor's School West she was identified as a gifted teacher and asked to coach and mentor several tap and jazz performing arts troupes and was was awarded the roles of principal dancer in Lori Bass Gelezinsky's interpretation of Alvin Ailey's Revelations. A leader in community dance initiatives she was the president, lead choreographer, and co-founder of the Carolina Vibe, a student run dance organization at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Coretta currently serves as an Assistant Director for Residence Life at UNC Greensboro.
Erin Roberts, from Statesville, North Carolina, has danced from a young age taking classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop, and most recently African and kathak. She was able to be one of the first company members in the Betty's School of Dance Company with its creation in 2011. After high school, Erin began studying dance education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is still a student. During her collegiate career, Erin has worked with various graduate students, professors including Mila Parrish and Janet Lilly, and guest choreographers Yoav Kaddar and Larry Kegwin. Most recently, Erin had the incredible opportunity to study dance in Northern Ireland under contemporary-Irish dancers Bridget Madden, Brona Jackson, and Ryan O'Neill. After graduating, Erin wants to use her new global perspective to teach students the joy and art of dance.
Anthony Taylor Davis is currently working pursuing a BA in Dance Education with K-12 Teachers licensure from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to serving as a Student Assistant for the Dancers Connect program, Taylor Davis has served several local community initiatives including being a peer mentor for MBARC learning community and working as a resident advisor at Ragsdale Mendenhall on UNCG campus.
Monica Washington is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with a concentration in K-12 teaching licensure. Monica was born in Charlotte, NC where she studied dance for 15 years. She was a competitive dancer for 11 of those years. As a high school student, she co-founded and choreographed for her church liturgical dance group. She is currently a member of the UNCG Spartan G's dance team.