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Elizabeth McPherson is a Professor, Director of the Dance Division, and Coordinator of the MFA 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 editor of "The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews," author of "The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education," and co-author of "Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond: A Memoir." Executive Editor for the journal "Dance Education in Practice" produced by the National Dance Education Organization with the publisher Taylor and Francis, she has written articles for various other publications including "Ballet Review," the "Journal of Dance Education," and the "Journal of Movement Arts Literacy." 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. 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 Weidmann's "Brahms Waltzes," Antony Tudor's "Continuo," and Doris Humphrey's "Partita V." In 2016, she 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 recent book co-written with Bettijane Sills: "Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond: A Memoir" (https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813056258), was published in March of 2019. She is a contributing author to the book "Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy" (https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/ethical-dilemmas-in-dance-education/), which was published in 2020. At Montclair State, she teaches the undergraduate courses: Dance Appreciation, Dance for Children, Explorations in American Dance History, Dance Methods, New Student Seminar, and Repertory. She teaches the graduate courses: Research, Writing and Publication; Pedagogical Perspectives; and Dance in the USA.
- 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Helen Tamiris article
- Diary of a Dance: Charles Weidman's Opus 51
- Interview about McPherson's life in dance
- Looking Back to Move Forward: Staging Tudor's Continuo
- Bennington Book Review
- How Can We Know the Dance from the Dance?: Exploring the Complexity of Staging Dance Legacy Works
- Balanchine, Broadway, and Beyond Review
- The New Dance Group: Transforming Individuals and Community
I assisted the former New York City Baller dancer Bettijane Sills in writing her memoir. In her roller-coaster career on the New York stage, former actor and dancer Sills offers a highly personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine, one of ballet’s greatest choreographers, and the inner workings of his world-renowned company during its golden years. Publication date: March 2019.
I am a section editor and collaborating author of 2 essays for the book Ethical Dimensions in Humanizing Dance Pedagogy: Case Studies in Dance Education published by McFarland and Co. Publishers, March 2019.