Dance

Dancer finds success as "The Fourth Fantana"

Sure, Shakira Barrera is a dance major at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, but she’s also a missionary of fun.

Associate Chair of the Dance Department

M.A. in Dance Education (New York University); B.A. in Dance (University of California, Irvine). Teaching includes: History of Broadway Dance (fully online/course author); Jazz Dance Technique; Broadway Dance Technique and Dance Studies; Graduate Colloquium: Research and MFA Pedagogy for Online Dance Education.

Raegan Bliss Wood hails from Berkeley, CA., where she trained in modern dance with her parents, David and Marni Wood, at the University of California at Berkeley. She studied ballet at the San Francisco Ballet School before moving to New York City.

She was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York from 1982 to 1989. She has also performed with David Parsons, Christopher Gillis, and her sister Ellis Wood and Wood Dance, among others.

Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department

Director of the MFA Dance Program

Afro-Fusion

Professional dancer and choreographer Kimani Fowlin received her dance training and bachelor of arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She teaches, choreographs, and facilitates workshops nationally and internationally.

Associate Chair of the Dance Department

John Evans has been dancing and lighting dance, theater, and music since 1980. He received a master of arts degree in dance from the Ohio State University in 1987 and then moved to New York City, where he danced with the Victoria Marks Performance Company for five years. He has also danced in the companies of Colin Conner, Monica Levy, Robin Becker, John Jasperse, and the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy.

EdM Dance Education

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Two weeks after graduating from the BFA program in dance in May 2017, Bria Bacon landed a one-year contract with the renowned Stephen Petronio Company. Competition was fierce—but then, so is Bacon, on leave from the university’s five-year Master’s in Dance Education program. “I have to do it until it’s right,” she says. Read more.

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