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 Keshets 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.
THDA 102 Intro to Global Dance Studies
This is an introductory course that explores dance forms from six different regions: Africa, India, North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Focus will be on how dance functions within various social structures and how these functions operate to re-inscribe, contest or legitimate race, class, and gender identity formations. Issues such as authenticity, hybridity, cultural tourism and globalization will be examined. Through an interactive classroom, guest artists and studio work, we will gain a deeper kinesthetic understanding of how dance can operate as a powerful cultural tool, glue or agent for social change. Offered every two years.
THDA 321 Modern Dance III
Permission of Instructor Required.