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Faculty Profiles

  • Karen Richardson

    Karen Richardson
    Professor of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies; Physical Education and Health Graduate Coordinator; Interim Chairperson of Dance
    Adrian Tinsley Center, Room 226
    Tel:
    508.531.2067

    Dr. Richardson joined the department in 2003 in the area of physical education pedagogy. She currently teaches classes in physical education methods, instructional strategies and curriculum. Dr. Richardson's publications include the following:

    • Pagnano-Richardson, K. & Henninger, M.L. (2007). A model for developing and assessing tactical decision making competency during game play. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 
    • Henninger, M.L., Pagnano, K.B., Patton, K., Griffin, L.L, & Dodds, P. (2006). Novice volleyball players’ knowledge of games, strategies, tactics, and decision-making in the context of game play. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1), 34-46. 
    • Patton, K., Griffin, L.L., Sheehy, D., Arnold, R.,Gallo, A., Dodds, P., Pagnano, K.B., Henninger, M.L., James, A., & Bohler, H. (2005). Navigating the mentoring process in a research based teacher development project: A situated learning perspective. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 24(4), 302-325. 


    When not at school Dr. Richardson can be found in her flower gardens in Rhode Island or Maine or running the roads of New England.

    Degrees

    BS, Springfield College, 1988, Physical Education
    MS, Indiana State University, 1998, Physical Education
    EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2004

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  • Jody Weber

    Jody Weber
    Professor and Department Chair of Dance
    Rondileau Campus Center, Room 020
    Tel:
    508.531.2439

    Dr. Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988. She was deeply influenced by teachers Sarah Stackhouse, Kevin Wynn, and Mel Wong. In 1992 she received an MA from American University focusing on dance history. At American University she was a recipient of a full teaching fellowship. In addition to teaching and graduate school studies, she continued to participate in the professional community through the works of Debra Riley and Beth Davis. In 2005 she completed her doctorate in dance history at Boston University.
     
    Her professional company, Weber Dance, has been presented through numerous local outlets including Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, Mobius, Central Square World’s Fair, Cambridge Access TV, Somerville Artbeat, Boston First Night, Casco Bay Movers, Salem State University, Framingham State University, Bates College, The College of the Holy Cross and Boston University. The company has also worked nationally with projects in Juneau, Alaska, The Dance Place in Washington DC, Spoke of the Hub in Brooklyn, Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, and with Yow Dance in Florida. They have also toured Montana, British Columbia and Colorado. In the 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011& 2013 seasons, Dr. Weber received Artist Fellowship Grants from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She has also been awarded a Somerville “Artist of the Month” honor. She is a two season recipient of residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, a Boston Center for the Arts residency, and the recipient of a Boston Dance Alliance Retreat and Residency Award among others.
     
    In addition to performing and choreographing, Dr. Weber has an avid interest in dance history. She presented her original research as a selected speaker at the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993. Her work as a dance historian and guest speaker was also funded through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College. In June 0f 2001, she worked on the Boston Dance History Survey with Ruth Benson-Levin through the Boston Dance Alliance. This project established the foundation to build an archive on local dance history. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published in 2009 through Cambria Press.
          
    Dr. Weber has worked as part-time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State University and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Chair of the Dance Department at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Weber also teaches classes for the community at Green Street Studios and the Dance Complex in Cambridge.

    Degrees

    BFA, State University of New York at Purchase
    MA, American University
    PhD, Boston University

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  • Donna Dragon

    Donna Dragon
    Associate Professor of Dance
    Rondileau Campus Center, Room 018A
    Tel:
    508.531.2780

    Dr. Donna A. Dragon, CMA, SMT is Associate Professor and Dance Education Specialist in the Department of Dance at Bridgewater State University. She is currently the Coordinator for Part Time Faculty Development for all part-time faculty at BSU as well. Dr. Dragon’s doctoral research examines the utilization of embodied practices, historically and culturally, as they impacted the development of somatic education in U.S. higher education dance. Her current research and practices focus on the development, assessment and use of embodied education for transformation and social justice and culturally responsive teaching and learning for example her article, “Creating Cultures of Teaching and Learning: Conveying Dance and Somatic Education Pedagogy” in the Journal of Dance Education (2015). Dr. Dragon presents her research across disciplines regionally, nationally, and internationally where she asks participants to observe and investigate somatic/embodied practice--the intrinsic, intelligent, synergetic processes of body, mind, spirit and emotions—toward understanding individual, historical, cultural and behaviors.

    Drawing from embodied experience, neurocognitive sciences and her training as a Somatic Movement Therapist, a Laban Movement Analyst, and a dance performer, Dr. Dragon specializes in developing pedagogy, curriculum, courses and workshops that utilize the body as a text for creating meaning and knowledge that can reflect, meditate, challenge and change individual and group motivations and values. She has developed and implemented somatic and embodied education paradigms for infants to elderly people and for beginners and professionals alike in public, private, urban and rural environments, corporate settings, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric facilities, and in K-12 and higher education.

    Dr. Dragon is an entrepreneur. She has organized and operated businesses offering dance education and somatic movement therapy in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and North Carolina including, Donna’s School of Dance, and The Center for Movement Alternatives. Her choreography has premiered in many Northeastern and mid-Atlantic colleges and universities; regional and community theaters; and, has been seen on PBS television. Dr. Dragon’s recent choreography explores themes that integrate nature and human behaviors and conditions.

    Renowned as a master teacher, she earned the prestigious National Dance Education Organization Outstanding Dance Educator Award (post secondary) (2014) for her contributions to higher education as an innovative educator, researcher, and practitioner in somatics and embodied education.

    Degrees

    CMA, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Students
    MEd, Temple University
    GC, Temple University
    PhD, Temple University

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  • Kristy Kuhn

    Kristy Kuhn
    Assistant Professor of Dance
    Rondileau Campus Center, Room 024B
    Tel:
    508.531.6196

    Kristy Kuhn earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was awarded the Vannie Sheiry Award for Excellence in Performance. She teaches part-time at BSU and Stonehill College. She has taught at Nassau Community College (NY), NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Program (with Gibney Dance), Bucknell University and Juneau Dance Collective (with Weber Dance). Prof. Kuhn is a doctoral student at Lesley University focusing on dance pedagogy in higher education.

    Her current research focuses on the collaborative, dance-making process and performance as viable forms of arts-based research and pedagogy for college students. Her teaching of dance aims to support emerging adult learning and development in higher education and to build bridges between in-class dance experiences and life outside of the classroom.

    Prior to moving to MA, Prof. Kuhn was an artistic collaborator and teacher in NYC with Gibney Dance, a modern dance company that prioritized the use of art/dance as an instrument for social change. She served as the company’s Administrative Director of Community Programs, serving as the liaison between Gibney Dance and social service organizations throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC. She danced with Jenni Hong Dance, Treehouse Shakers, Steven Koplowitz, and others in NYC, and Prometheus Dance, Audra Carabetta & Dancers, Stephanie Heroux and ACE Entertainment in Boston.

    Degrees

    BS, Bucknell University 
    MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

     

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