Department and Alumni News

Department Highlights

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  • Associate professor Jordan Fuchs presented a guest lecture on the subject of contact improvisation and its use in choreography for stage and screen Nov. 17 at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England.
  • Assistant professor Matthew Henley has been recognized at the Fellow level by the TWU Center for Faculty Excellence. CFE has collaborated with the academy to prepare a core group of TWU faculty to apply for fellowships. Fellows must demonstrate their commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience via a rigorous process that encourages research, reflection and the desire for continuous professional development. 

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Texas Woman’s emeritus professor receives lifetime achievement award

Gladys M. Keeton, professor emeritus at Texas Woman's University

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) has announced Gladys M. Keeton, professor emeritus at Texas Woman's University, received its award for Lifetime Achievement in Texas on Nov. 14 at the 2017 NDEO National Conference in San Antonio.

Keeton teaches a variety of dance genres, theory and pedagogy. Since 1978, she has been the artistic director and performer with the TWU international Folk Dance Company. She is a presenter for CEDFA Fine Arts Summits and conducts in-service and staff development for teachers in public schools throughout Texas.

Throughout her career she has been recognized with the TWU Distinction in Service and Outstanding Academic Advisor awards, Outstanding Young Women of America award, the TAHPERD Brace award, Dance Heritage, Outstanding University Educator, Honor, and PEPI awards, Southern District AAHPERD Outstanding University Dance Educator Award, the Texas Dance Educator Association Hall of Fame award, Drill Team Directors of America Lifetime award and the Arc Outstanding Service Award.

TWU Dance alumna awarded 2017 Bessie for outstanding performance

TWU Dance alumna Kayla Hamilton (B.A., 2006) is a co-recipient of this year's coveted Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance. Hamilton is a member of the winning ensemble, the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds. The award recognizes "a history-in-the-making performance that dismantled improvisational dance norms to create a robust, disruptive, and dynamic world. For a cast of individuals who used a full range of movement styles to take the audience from Dakar to Kingston, the Bronx to Bushwick, in a fluid dance of connection."


TWU Dance alumna receives AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

Candice Salyers dancing in red dress

Candice Salyers (Ph.D. ‘14), an alumna of the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance, has received a Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The goal of the $30,000 fellowship is to help women obtain tenure and further promotions by providing a year to focus on independent research.


Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate nominated for national Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award

Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Lela Aisha Jones was named as one of four nominees for this year’s prestigious Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award. The winner will be announced at the 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards cocktail party and press conference Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in New York City.


Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance.
Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance. Photo by Visionstyler Press.

TWU dance student selected for 2017 International Young Choreographer Project

Photo of Yeajean Choi dancing and sprinkling sand.

Yeajean Choi, a master of fine arts student in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, is one of eight choreographers and the only U.S. student to be chosen for the World Dance Alliance's prestigious 2017 International Young Choreographer Project. Choi will travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan this July to participate in the project’s three-week residency program.

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The arts come ‘full circle’ at TWU ArtsWalk March 30

Yeajean Choi, master of fine arts student in the TWU Department of Dance.

The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty, staff and a special guest artist for ArtsWalk: Revolutions. Event participants will explore new perspectives in adaptive spaces by taking a walk around Pioneer Circle on TWU’s Denton campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

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TWU Alumna Turns Dancing Dream into Studio Ownership Reality

“Training bodies intelligently,” sums up the teaching philosophy of Carissa Laitinan-Kniss (BFA '03), co-owner of Twisted Bodies, a Pilates and yoga studio in Denton. 


Doctoral Cohort News

Student wearing purple costume in seated pose with arms outstretched
Photos by Jesse Scroggins.

We are proud to announce the new doctoral cohortThis year, we welcome accomplished scholars and professionals from around the globe and look forward to the innovative research contributions these Ph.D. candidates will bring to the field of dance.

For up-to-date news on our concerts and guest artists, please visit our Events and Performances page.