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.

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


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.

Director, EdM Master of Dance Education Program (on leave AY 2018-2019)

Barbara Bashaw is the acting chair and artistic director of the dance department, director of the Rutgers Pre-College Summer Arts Conservatory and current president of Dance New Jersey.   

  • Courses Taught

    • 07:207:400 Foundations of Dance Education
      07:207:403 Teaching Concepts 2: Instructional Design
      08:207:500 Introduction to Research in Dance Education
      08:207:510 Professional Issues in Dance Education
      15:255:534 Classroom Organization (Graduate School of Education)
      15:255:536 Teaching Internship Seminar (Graduate School of Education)
  • Publications

    Bashaw, B. [2016]. Dance as core content in U.S. education: New standards for a new century. The Korean Journal of Dance Studies. V60, 3 pp., 1-14.

    Bashaw, B., & Finkelstein, J. (2016, March 1). Deconstructing the NCAS in dance: Performing (webinar).

    Bashaw, B., Contributor, Chapter 5: Service in Overby, L. (2015). Public scholarship in dance: Teaching, Choreography, Research, Service, and Assessment for Community Engagement. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

    Bashaw, B. (2015.) Thinking skills writing prompts for dance: Negotiating common core instruction. Dance Education in Practice, 1 (1). 23.

    State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. (2014). National core arts standards: Dance. Dover, DE: State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. [Writing team member.]

    Giguere, M., & Bashaw, B. (2013). Book review: Close encounters: Dance partners for creativity K. Chappell, L. Rolfe, A. craft, V. Jobbins. Trentham books, Stoke on Trent, UK (2011). Thinking Skills and Creativity, 10 (December 2013), 99.

    Bashaw, B. (2011). Young choreographers: An ethno-phenomenological study of developmental and socio-cultural influences during untutored dance making. (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University). 369. (3484341). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, (MSTAR 903803056).

  • Awards

    2015 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Commencement Speaker
    SUNY College at Brockport

    2009 Teaching Excellence Award
    New York University, Steinhardt School

    2004 BAX10 Passing it On Arts Educator Award
    Brooklyn Arts Exchange

    2003 Emerging Visionary Award
    National Dance Education Organization

    1997    Charter Academy Member
    New York Academy for Teaching and Learning
    New York State Education Department

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