Faculty Profile

Erin Crawley-Woods

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance (2014)

Contact Information


Montgomery House


Erin Crawley-Woods received an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2014. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UMD she directed Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, participated in national and international dance conferences and served as Education Fellow for the Dance Films Association. From 2007-2011 she was a Company Member and Director of Community Outreach at Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM where she taught and developed curriculum for Keshet’s nationally-recognized Outreach Program for Incarcerated Youth. She has performed in the US and abroad with Adriane Fang, Sharon Mansur, the Nancy Meehan Dance Company, Leslie Satin & Dancers, Sara Rudner & Company, Anneke Hansen, and the Irish Modern Dance Theater. In 2014 she participated in artistic residencies in Oulchy-le Chateau, France and at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent NY. Crawley-Woods holds a Diploma in Wholistic Bodywork from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and a B.A. in theatre, dance and French from Sarah Lawrence College.


  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 2001
  • M.F.A., University of Maryland, 2014

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

THDA 121 Modern Dance I
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.

THDA 204 Fundamentals of Choreography
A studio-based course designed to introduce the student to various tools to generate and create original dance compositions. Basic elements such as time, space, energy, dynamics, movement generation, and quality are explored in addition to multiple structuring devices. Using an interdisciplinary lens, this course offers a different approach to art making from related fields such as visual art,literature, and media in order to treat dance composition as a relevant response to the contemporary moment. Prerequisite: 102, or permission of the instructor. One studio course in dance is recommended.

THDA 321 Modern Dance III
Permission of Instructor RequiredStudents also earn 1 P.E. Block.

Spring 2018

THDA 215 Thinking Body:Hum Mvmt/Anat
This course employs an experiential approach to the science and expressive potential of human movement. It is meant to give students a foundation in anatomy and kinesiology basics. Simultaneously, significant time will be spent in explorations designed to deepen body-mind connections. We will focus on the act of embodiment - how does factual knowledge of the body help us move more efficiently and utilize healthy biomechanics? Through course readings, movement exercises, guest lectures, writing, partnered activities and self-directed independent studio time, we will connect how broad analytical frameworks of the human body apply to the personal and individual experience of movement.

THDA 322 Modern Dance III
Permission of Instructor Required.Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.