Monday, July 24, 2017

Upcoming Articles

I have two articles about to be published in the Journal of Dance Education.  The first, "Meter and Musicality in Tap Class," addresses practical methods for teaching tap dance musicality through the use of multiple meters.  I offer specific examples, and support the success of my methods through student reflection.  The article is slated to appear in a fall issue.  Exact date TBA.

The second article is a literature review of the journal as it addresses community dance practice.  Look for "Dance Scholarship and Community Engagement: A Literature Review of the Journal of Dance Education," in the near future.

If you do not currently subscribe to the Journal, please consider joining the National Dance Education Organization and receiving a free subscription with your membership.  Learn more at

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book reviews are out

The Journal of Dance Education recently published a couple book reviews I wrote. Please use the following links to check them out.

Isadora Duncan and the 21st Century

Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, Conditioning

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A new article is on the way.

I am very excited to announce that my newest article, "Meter and Musicality in Tap Class" has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Dance Education.  Stay tuned to discover which issue it will be published in.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Coming soon: Denise goes to Austria!

2016 has been a busy year for me.  In February I completed a residency with the wonderful dancers at Auburn University.  In March I was blessed to teach and perform at the MAD festival in Rochester, NY.  And in June I started work on my PhD at Texas Woman's University.  My life is full of dance and scholarship.

Coming up is an exciting opportunity to share my work in Guatemala and a solo performance at the IUGTE conference in Austria.  In December I will present at this international and intercultural arts conference, sharing my interdisciplinary teaching in the highlands of Guatemala.  I will also co-present with choreographer Andrea Vazquez and pianist James Kaufmann.  We will perform our collaborative work, Axis, set to Bartok's Mikrokosmos Book 4.  Check out IUGTE here.  To learn more about Andrea and James, check out Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble.

Friday, December 11, 2015

EastWest Somatics Zion Conference

I'm on my way to EastWest Somatics' winter conference this weekend.  I can't wait to learn from the variety of international dance and somatic scholars presenting.  My presentation, How big can small be?, focuses on the importance of developing awareness of nuanced movement in the body as it relates to advancing dance technique.  I'm looking forward to connecting with these wonderful people and soaking in the natural beauty of Zion Canyon.

Monday, October 12, 2015

NDEO 2015 was fabulous

NDEO 2015 in Phoeniz, AZ was the best yet.  I learned so much from my fellow dance educators, and I really enjoyed presenting about my work in Guatemala.  I'm looking at an August trip to Guatemala next year.  I want to take students from several universities, so if you have a group of students who you think will love teaching little ones, please contact me at  Hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Just got back from yet another FABULOUS Bill Evans Teachers' Intensive.  9 hours a day of dance, somatics, introspection and personal growth.  This is my tribe.  I love re-membering how much my body knows.  And the sheer joy of dancing makes every sore muscle worth it.

I really enjoyed working with Claire Porter in her new dance, Electrical Shorts.  Her process is a wild ride, and I certainly learned a lot about myself and about dance making through working with her and the other members of our wonderful cast.

Can't wait until next year!