Faculty Profile for Michelle E Nance

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Michelle E Nance
Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
JOW 178
phone: (512) 245-2955

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Michelle Nance, Professor and Director of Dance at Texas State University, has enjoyed many years of devising dance works collaboratively with colleagues and students; as well as performing in the U.S. and abroad. Michelle has studied and taught the technique of Erick Hawkins extensively, and served as the Assistant School Director for the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in the mid-1990s. She also enjoys working in dance improvisation, site-specific dance, somatic practices, and collaborations in screendance. She has been teaching at Texas State University since 2003, and holds a MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Teaching Interests

dance appreciation, dance composition/choreography, improvisation, modern technique, world dance, dance history/philosophy

Research Interests

dance advocacy, aesthetics, somatics practices, world dance

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • choreographer, Deep. July 2022 - Present.
    Performances:
    • Choreographers' Showcase. August 4, 2022 - August 5, 2022 Jowers Studio B178, Texas State University.
    • Opening Door Dance Theatre. October 20, 2022 - October 22, 2022 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, TX.
  • dancer, Threshhold. August 2022 - October 22, 2022.
    Performances:
    • Opening Door Dance Theatre. October 20, 2022 - October 22, 2022 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, TX.
  • dancer/creative collaborator, The Wall. December 2016 - July 2022.
    Showings:
    • AM Egypt Film Festival. August 28, 2017 AM Egypt Film Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
    • Miami Epic Fest. August 25, 2017 Indie Wise Convention, Miami, FL.
    • Cine Club Sandwich Film Festival. August 23, 2017 Cinemateca Luis Bunuel, Puebla, Mexico.
    • Austin Dance Festival "Dance on Film". April 6, 2018 Austin, TX.
    • Festival Guiar Screendance International. October 9, 2018 - October 13, 2018 Rua da Aurora, 175, Pernambuco, Brazil.
    • MoziMotion Festival. October 5, 2019 - October 13, 2019 Hilversum, Netherlands.
    • Jeju Drone Film Festival. November 1, 2019 - November 2, 2019 Aerospace Museum Jeju, Jeju, Republic of Korea.
    • Latinx21 Shorts Film Festival. November 16, 2019 Los Angeles, CA.
    • , IMARP - Mostra Internacional de dan├ža - Imagens em Movimento. November 18, 2019 - November 23, 2019 Sao Paolo, Brazil.
    • Wimberley Film Festival. January 18, 2020 Wimberley Public Library, Wimberley, TX.
    • Forwardian Film Festival. July 15, 2022 - July 31, 2022 online.
  • dancer, Mother's, Mother's,┬áMother. May 2022 - June 17, 2022.
    Performances:
    • mending.... June 17, 2022 Bravo Theatre of Balance Studio, Austin, TX.
  • choreographer/dancer, Twilight Tear (reconstructed). March 17, 2022 - June 17, 2022.
    Performances:
    • Shay Ishii Dance Company presents "Mending...". June 17, 2022 Bravo Theatre of Balance Studio, Austin, TX.
    • Opening Door Dane Theatre. October 20, 2022 - October 22, 2022 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, TX.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University. October 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Innovation in Screendance, Jeju Drone Film Festival, Republic of Korea. September 30, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University. October 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. October 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dance Magazine's January Video of the Month for "WECreate Spaces-In Betweeness", Dance Magazine. January 2020

Selected Grants

  • Nance, Michelle E. Student Travel to American College Dance Festival - FY 23, Student Service Fee - One-time funding, Institutional (Higher Ed), $4000. (Funded: September 2022 - May 2023). Grant.
  • Nance, Michelle E. Why Representation Matters: Screendance and Accessibility, University Lecturers Program, Texas State University, $2000. (Submitted: October 2021, Funded: January 2022 - May 2022). Grant.
  • Nance, Michelle E (Principal). Student Travel to the American College Dance Festival - FY 21, Student Service Fees, Texas State University, $4700. (Submitted: January 15, 2020, Funded: September 1, 2020 - May 15, 2021). Grant.
  • Nance, Michelle E, Baer, Ana Carrillo (Co-Principal). Why Representation Matters in Screendance, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Texas State University, $600. (Funded: January 1, 2020 - May 2020). Grant.
  • Nance, Michelle E. Student Travel to the American College Dance Festival - FY 19, Student Service Fees, Texas State University, $5400. (Submitted: January 31, 2018, Funded: September 2018 - April 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Editorial Review Board Member
San Souci International Festival of Dance Cinema
October 2018-Present
Chair
Search Committee - Tenure-track Dance Faculty
October 2022-Present
Organizer
Fun Friday Series
January 2022-Present
Member
University Performing Arts Committee
August 2019-Present
Member
Dance Technique Placement Juries
November 2017-Present