The Dance program at WCU endeavors to bring guest lecturers, artists, choreographers, and educators to our campus every year. Listed below are current and past guests:
Tammy Stanford is founder and instructor of dance at the Mississippi School of the Arts and movement specialist for theatre. She is a Golden Key honor graduate with an MFA in dance from Montclair State University. She received her BFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi, awarded the AIM Award for outstanding achievement in dance arts and dance education by the University of Southern Mississippi, MSA Teacher of the Year, and awarded Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator in dance by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education.
She is chair and writer for Mississippi College and Career Readiness Arts Learning Standards for Dance of the Mississippi Department of Education. Her career as dance advocate, consultant, educator and choreographic artist has spanned over twenty-five years. For two decades she has served as teaching artist for Mississippi Arts Commission, designed, taught, and provided dance educational programing for over twenty arts and educational organizations. She holds Mississippi K-12 teacher licensure in dance and theatre, University of Southern Mississippi clinical teacher certification and graduate training in Process Pedagogy (the acclaimed teaching methodology by the late Jacque d'Amboise of New York's National Dance Institute), and most recently selected as a mentor teacher for the National Dance Education Organization. Her choreographic work Footfalls was selected for Charlotte Dance Festival Gala concert 2021. Her subsequent work Footfalls Echo has been selected for Fini International Summer Gala in Italy for summer 2022. Stanford’s dance compositional research involves capturing and cataloguing poetic imagery and its effect on kinesthetic sensory responses. These responses are then formed into non-linear narratives and used to generate choreographic works. Her Footfalls series is based on the phenomenological effect of TS Eliot’s poetic imagery from the Four Quartets.
Megan Bradberry is a guest artist for William Carey University. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as her BS in Psychology from Mississippi State University. She has taught ballet and contemporary/modern classes and holds her certification in Elementary Labanotation. Megan enjoys making dances for film as well as for the stage. Her films To Wonder at the World Above the Erosion and Air Over New Skin have both been selected for international film festivals. Air Over New Skin was recently awarded Best No Budget Film and Best Female Directed Film for the Sea of Art Film festival and invited to stream for the month of February on FlickFair, an independent movie streaming service. Megan is currently preparing a summer concert on the Gulf Coast where she resides with her husband and her very own tiny dancer.
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