Associate Professor Dance
Morrison Dance Studio
Janie D. Morgan (Ross) received her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University (ASU) and her BFA in Related Arts/Dance from Kutztown University. She has also trained in Lubbock, TX; Reading, PA; New York City; Philadelphia; and London. Janie has had the privilege of working with many choreographers, including Nora Chipaumire, Liz Lerman, Columbine Macher, Carley Conder and Michael Baxter. She has also performed for the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, MO; Radio Healer of Phoenix, AZ; ASUís Dance Arizona Repertory Theater (DART), and Kutztown Universityís Performing Dance Portmanteau (PDP). Janieís choreography has also been performed by the Eastern Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Maranatha Productions, and Berks County Outstanding Young Woman Program.
Janieís previous research has included studying the impact of purposeful movement and dance on high school and university students with visual impairment, a study that she has presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Kansas City, MO and NYC, NY. She also investigated the importance of core development for dance technicians and presented this research at the National Dance Education Organizationís (NDEO) Conference in Long Island, CA and recently presented again at NDEO in Phoenix, AZ on choreographic approaches and how they correlate with different genres of dance. As a result of her academic work and research, Janie has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
Janie has worked with various Boys and Girls clubs, Butterfields Youth Services, and has volunteered at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she facilitated movement sessions for child refugees from Liberia. She also spent the summer of 2007 volunteering and sharing her dance talents with the community of Katutura, Namibia. Her experiencesí working with these different groups has strengthened her desire to use dance as a means of exploring social, political and humanitarian issues.
Janieís teaching/research interests include technique, composition, improvisation and ethic dance forms.