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Dr. Donna Dragon

Donna Dragon
Associate Professor and Chairperson of Dance; Educational Dance Specialist
Rondileau Student Union, Room 022

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NY
EdM, Temple University
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Temple University 
PhD, Temple University

Drawing from embodied experience, neurocognitive sciences and her training as a Somatic Movement Therapist, a Laban Movement Analyst, and as a dance performer in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, improvisation, and creative dance, Dr. Dragon specializes in developing pedagogy, curriculum, courses and workshops that utilize the body as a modes for creating meaning and knowledge that can reflect, meditate, challenge and change individual and group motivations and values. She develops and implements dance, somatic, and embodied education paradigms for infants to elderly people and for beginners and professionals alike in public, private, urban and rural environments and schools, corporate settings, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, and in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Dragon applies life-long experiences as a dance educator, performer, choreographer, researcher, and business entrepreneur to developing student-centered, experiential, curriculum and processes that prepare future dance educators for the professional work and support professionals currently working in dance and education and related fields. She is an advocate for dance for every ‘body’ through her work as the President of Massachusetts Dance Education Organization (MADEO), the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization.

Area of Expertise
Dance Education, Dance Science, Somatics, Embodied Education, Dance Teacher Preparation, Curriculum Development & Assessment