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Daniel Joyce

Assistant Professor of Dance

Expertise: Modern dance and ballet techniques, dance history, composition and choreography

Joyce is an assistant professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and has performed more than 30 works created by Mark Morris, including concert dance pieces, operas and film projects. He was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Company for ten years.

He can discuss various techniques of modern dance including skills needed to appreciate modern dance through aesthetics and creativity. He can also discuss 20th century dance history and current trends in professional dance performance.

Joyce has taught at numerous regional American College Dance Festival events and has been an instructor for the National Festival held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for three consecutive seasons. He has also worked with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in Moscow on an international collaboration of Russian and American artists performed at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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Linda Miller

Professor of Dance and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Advancement

Expertise: Ballet technique and skills, ballet repertory

Linda Miller is a professor of Dance and associate dean for Academic Affairs and Student Advancement in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

She can discuss ballet technique and skills including technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness and developing a deeper understanding of the skills and principles of ballet technique and how they provide the foundation needed to both teach and perform.

Miller has performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and Opera, Ruth Page's International Ballet Company, Hawaii Dance Theater and Repertory West. She has choreographed works for university productions and musical theater, including the award-winning "Pirates of Penzance." She has also been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her choreography in Interact's "H.M.S. Pinafore."

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Susan Shields

Associate Professor Dance

Expertise: modern dance, ballet, choreography

Shields is an associate professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and teaches courses on intermediate and advanced ballet. She is an accomplished dancer who specializes in ballet and modern dance, having trained with the Washington Ballet.

She can discuss the use of movement in relation to other art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture and architecture, enhancing kinesthetic awareness, sensitivity to others and the environment. She can also discuss ballet techniques including technical proficiency and improving anatomical awareness.

Her work appears in the repertories of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Boston Ballet II and City Dance Ensemble. She has performed nationally and internationally with companies such as Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

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Karen Studd

Associate Professor of Dance

Expertise: Body language and nonverbal communication, modern dance, choreography

Studd is an associate professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and teaches dance appreciation courses that focus on understanding movement of the body, what aspects of space are used and other qualitative mechanisms that give the movement language.

Studd has been observing and analyzing body movement for more than 20 years and is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. She can discuss the significance of analyzing and interpreting the body language and movement behavior of political candidates or other public figures. Studd also analyzes how body movement gives nonverbal movement a language that people can understand and how the way in which one moves differs based on factors such as culture, gender and age.

She is also an established choreographer whose work has been performed by the Kanopy Dance Company in Madison, Wis., and the D.C. Contemporary Dance Theatre.