Thursday, January 18, 2018

To Australia I Go.

I have been accepted to present with my co-author, Kevin Lamarr Jones of Claves Unidos, at Panpapanpalya 2018.  This is the annual World Dance Alliance conference, in conjunction with the annual dance and the Child international conference.  We are very excited to present our paper, "Claves Unidos: Building a United Community Through African Root Dances" in July.

Learn more about Claves Unidos here:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Article on Tap Dance Pedagogy is Out!

My article, "Meter and Musicality in Tap Class" is out in the Journal of Dance Education.  The in-practice article explores practical ways to teach musicality through tap.  Please access it at 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Traveling to Zion

I will return to Utah for a week in December.  I am presenting at the EastWest Somatics Conference in Zion National Park in Springdale, UT.  Consider attending!  More information:

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.