"I am thrilled to teach at Knox College and share my passion and knowledge in Dance and Somatics with the students. I bring to the program 20 years of experience in dance and more than 10 years of on-going work in the somatic field. I am sure our journey will be full of wonder, insights, and discoveries."
Years at Knox: 2012 to present
M.A., Dance Education, 2010, New York University.
B.A., Sociology, 2007, Adelphi Univeristy.
All levels of contemporary dance, Alexander Technique, release technique, improvisation, dance composition, history and technique of Brazilian Samba, anatomy and kinesiology.
AmSat-American Association of the Alexander Technique Research Grant, New York, 2012.
Excellence award in Dance Education Master's Thesis, New York University, New York, 2010.
Pi Lambta Theta award for academic achievement, New York, 2010.
Steinhardt School Graduate Scholarship, New York University, New York, 2009.
Third Place Award for video dance, "Cedro," at the Festival of Recife, Brazil, 2008.
Dean's list at Adelphi University, Long Island, 2006-2007.
Adelphi University Student's Grant Award, University College, 2006-2007.
Brazilian Ministry of Culture Full Scholarship for the Certification Program of the Alexander Technique at IRDEAT, New York, 1997-1999.
"Teaching the Alexander Technique in a Group Setting." ABTA Journal 2 (2003): 1-5.
As an independent and guest artist, 1995-present.
"Snake" by Douglas Dunn. Presented at La Mama's 50th anniversary, New York, New York, 2011.
"Soluvel" by Raquel Cavalcanti and Alexandre Pires. Presented at Espaco Cultural Ambiente as part of the IMA Festival, Belo Horizonte, MG, 2011.
"Já ñao é mais a Aurora" by Raquel Cavalcanti and Anamaria Fernandes. Presented at Espaco Cultural Ambiente as part of the Observatorio, Belo Horizonte, MG, 2011.
"Con-temp(l)o" by Raquel Cavalcanti, presented on the streets of Belo Horizonte as part of the Horizontes Urbanos Festival, Belo Horizonte, MG, 2011.
"Snake" by Douglas Dunn, presented at several outdoor spaces around New York City, 2010.
"Invisible Memories" by Raquel Cavalcanti, as part of "Memory: Collaborative Connections in Space and Time," Black Box Theatre, New York, 2010.
"4 Squares," by Raquel Cavalcanti, as part of "Crossing Boundaries and Exploring Territories," Washington Square, New York, 2010.
"Three Songs," by Douglas Dunn at his studio as part of Buridan's Ass Dance Saloon and at Frederick Loewe Theatre as part of the NYU Distinguished dance faculty concert, NU, 2010.
"Open Structure," an improvisation performance directed by Douglas Dunn at Frederick Loewe Theatre as part of the NYU New Music & Dance Ensemble, New York, 2010.
"Canzonetta," an improvisation performance directed by Douglas Dunn at Frederick Loewe Theatre as part of Matt Sullivan's Music Concert, New York, 2010.
"Passeata," an improvisation performance directed by Raquel Cavalcanti at Horizontes Urbanos, Belo Horizonte, 2009.
Guest Artist at the show of musician Lenis Rino with performance, "Running River," Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2009.
"Graceful Degradation," by Raquel Cavalcanti in the Centro Cultural de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2008.
Guest Artist at the Improvisation Winter Festival with the performance, "A Velocidade da Imodbilidade" at Espaco Cultural Quik, Jardim, Canada, 2008.
"Graceful Degradation," by Raquel Cavalcanti, presented in the International Forum of Dance, Below Horizonte, 2007.
"Olhos para o ceu," by Raquel Cavalcanti, presented in the Festival "1,2 na Danca," Belo Horizonte, 2007.
"Ir e vir ao ~ de," by Raquel Cavalcanti made in collaboration with percussionist Gil Amancio at Praca Sete, Belo Horizonte, 2007.
"Implications of the Alexander Technique in dance training." 21st International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), Washington, D.C., 2011.
"The Implications of the Alexander Technique in dance teaching: Strategies, Challenges, and Transformations." Freedom to Move: Conference on Dance and the Alexander Technique, New York City, New York, 2011.
"The Alexander Technique as a Creative Strategy to Approach Dance Training." 2010 National NDEO Conference "Focus on Dance Education: Creativity, Innovation, and 21st Century Skills," Phoenix, Arizona, 2010.
"Alexander Technique as a Tool for Dancers." Freedom to Move: Conference on Dance and the Alexander Technique, New York City, New York, 2010.
"A Way of Thinking: The Alexander Technique as a Tool for Teaching Dance." 15th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference "Education in the Global Age: Realities and Possibilities," Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2010.
"The Implication of Somatic Techniques in Modern Dance Aesthetics." Meia Ponta Cia. de Danca, Belo Horizonte, 2005.
"Somatic Techniques and Dance." Primeiro Ato Grupo de Danca, Belo Horizonte, 2004.
"The Alexander Technique for Dancers." Estudio Dudude Herrmann, Belo Horizonte, 2003.
"Introduction to the Alexander Technique." University of Belo Horizonte, 2003.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, National Dance Education Organization (NDEO.)
Member, Pi Lamba Theta, a national honor society of educators.
Member, American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT.)
Member, Brazilian Association of the Alexander Technique (ABTA.)
Member, Dancaminas, a non-profit organization of independent dancers in Brazil.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.