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Elizabeth McPherson

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

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Elizabeth McPherson is an associate professor and coordinator of the BA in Dance at Montclair State University. She received her BFA from Juilliard, followed by an MA from The City College of New York, and a PhD from New York University. She is the author of "The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews" and "The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995," in addition to articles and reviews for Ballet Review, Dance Teacher Magazine, Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine and The Journal of Dance Education. She worked on the film "Miss Hill Making Dance Matter" as a consultant and member of the producing board as well as appearing in the film. She is the Executive Editor for the journal Dance Education in Practice, produced by the National Dance Education Organization with the publisher Taylor and Francis. Her research projects have been supported by grants from the American Association of University Women, the Capezio Foundation, the Dance Films Association, and Montclair State University (Career Development grants), and she is the 2014 recipient of the New York State Dance Education Association Outstanding Researcher in Dance Education award.

Dr. McPherson has staged numerous 20th century dance works from Labanotation, such as Charles Weidman’s "Brahms Waltzes" and Antony Tudor's "Continuo." She recently served as the Ketchum Artist-in-Residence at Sarah Lawrence College staging excerpts from Anna Sokolow’s "Rooms." She is a board member for the Martha Hill Dance Fund, on the advisory board of the National Dance Education Organization, and on the professional advisory committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Performance credits include: Ernesta Corvino’s Dance Circle Company, Avodah Dance Ensemble, and the Louis Johnson Dance Theatre.


The focus of Elizabeth McPherson's research is teaching and learning in dance education with an emphasis on history. In addition and as part of this specialization, she has expertise in the fields of both ballet and modern dance, and stages dances from Labanotation, a written form of dance. Her most recent book, The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews (, was published in May of 2013. At Montclair State, she teaches the undergraduate courses: Ballet, Dance Appreciation, Dance for Children, Western Theatrical Dance Studies, Dance Methods, New Student Seminar, and Repertory. She teaches the graduate courses: Research, Writing and Publication; Pedagogical Perspectives; and Dance and the Arts in the 20th Century.


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Research Projects

Case Studies in Dance Education

I am a collaborating author and editor on the book Case Studies in Dance Education under contract with McFarland and Co. Publishers. Estimated date of publication: Spring 2019.