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Erin Crawley-Woods

Visiting Instructor in Dance (2014)

Contact Information

Montgomery House


Erin Crawley-Woods joined the Dickinson faculty in 2014 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance where she has developed service-learning course work in community engagement and artistic activism and continued her choreographic research in site-specific performance. Prior to arriving at Dickinson she received an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland- College Park where she directed Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 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 M3 dance 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. She has participated in artistic residencies in Oulchy-le Chateau, France and at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent NY and leads workshops in site-specific choreography and community-based dance practice at national and international dance conferences. 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

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

THDA 121 Modern Dance I
Studio courses in modern dance offered at three levels: I. the basic level, which assumes no previous dance experience; II. the intermediate level, open to students who demonstrate basic accomplishment in dance technique; III. the advanced level, open to students who demonstrate substantial technical skill. All courses will explore the principles of modern dance, emphasizing body awareness and the expressive use of weight, space, and time. Materials will be selected from a variety of contemporary dance and movement training practices such as Pilates, yoga, somatics and ballet to promote performance of a range of movement dynamics, as well as musicality, strength, flexibility, and improved body alignment. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit. Two .5 academic credits of dance one in Modern and one in the genre of their choosing will satisfy the requirement.

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 Required.