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Donna Dragon

Donna Dragon
Assistant Professor of Dance

Office

Robinson 303A

Phone

704-687-0832

Donna A. Dragon, Ph.D., SMT, CMA, is the Dance Education Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned an undergraduate degree in Dance-Movement Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an Ed.M in dance education from Temple University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of dance from Temple University. Dr. Dragon's research focuses on the theory and practice of dance pedagogy, historically and in the present and in particular the defining of embodied pedagogy. She has developed and implemented 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 has had a private practice as a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Somatic Movement Therapist. In 1991, she created The Center for Movement Alternatives in Massachusetts where she developed and implemented a somatic and Laban based pedagogy. Her choreography has premiered in many Northeastern colleges and universities and has been seen on PBS television. Dr. Dragon's book, U.S. Higher Education Dance Pedagogy: A History of Theory and Practice, 1850s-2010, is slated for publication by Cambria Press in the fall of 2011.