Staff

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Program Director

Mila Parrish

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.

Program Coordinator

Emily Ellis-Liang

Emily Ellis-Liang is currently working on a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Non-Profit Management at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her undergraduate B.A. degree from Hope College in Studio Art: Photography, Sculpture and Dance: Performance and Choreography. In addition to serving as the Coordinator of the Dancers Connect program, Ellis-Liang has served numerous national and local community initiatives including, Editorial Assistant of the dance and the Child International (daCi) newsletter and as coordinator of the Evolving Dance Through Connectivity II with Bill Evans, a professional development workshop held in February, 2013.

Teacher

Kerrie-Jean King

Kerrie-Jean King has a BFA in dance from Florida State University and MFA in choreography from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She holds NC K-12 teaching licensure in dance and is the dance teacher and fine arts department chair at Northern Guilford High School (NGHS). She built the NGHS dance program from two classes a day to offering all levels of dance. Ms. King has won numerous awards and research grants including the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 Teacher Art Grant from the United Arts Council of Greensboro. In addition to teaching, Ms. King is an accomplished performer working with many world-renowned choreographers. She has performed professionally with modern dance companies in Boston, NYC, Providence and Winston-Salem. She serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Dance Alliance. Ms. King is very passionate about her work and strongly believes in the power of dance education!

Teacher

Dauna Brown Jessup

Ms. Brown-Jessup is the dance educator at Parkview Elementary Expressive Arts School in High Point, NC. She received a BFA in dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a BFA in Professional Theatre and Speech Communications and an MAT in Elementary Ed from NC A&T State University, and is currently pursuing her PhD. in Administration from at Wake Forest . Ms. Brown-Jessup is the Director of the Fine Arts Center of the Triad, Inc. which supports Dauna's Dance program. Dauna has had an extensive professional carreer performing nationally and internationally as a singer, dancer and actress. A professionally trained actress and dancer Dauna's film credits include: Color Purple, The Portrait w/Lauren BeCall and Gregory Peck, several episodes of Matlock, School Daze, Root Doctor, Inkwell, and True Colors (ABC afterschool special). A few of her many stage credits include: Maya Angelou's world premiere of "And Still I Rise", Dream Girls, Ain't Misbehavin', and a National off-Broadway tour of Ziegfeld- A Night at the Follies.

Teacher

Sarah Dove

Sarah Dove is a first year MFA student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sarah holds a BA in Music, with a minor in Dance from Otterbein College.

At Otterbein she distinguished herself as a gifted young choreographer and is much sought after show choir and musical choreographer. Sarah has taught ballet, tap and jazz classes for both regional and national dance competitions. As a result of her multiple talents in music, dance and performance coaching she is she is often asked to give master classes and to judge title competitions for young dancers.

Teacher

Coretta Walker

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.

Teacher

Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis is currently pursuing her BFA in Dance Education with K-12 Teachers licensure from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stephanie Davis was born and raised in Cary, NC. She started dancing at the age of three at Arts Together in Downtown Raleigh, NC where she discovered her love for movement. She has created choreography for Panther Creek High School and Mills Park Middle School.

Teacher

Anthony Taylor-Davis

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.