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Mejia, Donna Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Donna Mejia's research and work investigates: Dance; Gender representation/social coding in movement practices and dance traditions ( domestically and internationally); Transnationalism, overlapping identities, multi-ethnicity and emerging models of global citizenship; Investigating how Internet usage is impacting personal identity and collective cultural memory production; Ethics/integrity/cultural appropriation issues in dance fusion and movement transformation; Hidden biases, historical trauma, blind spots, cultures of inclusion and peaceful coexistence; Evolving norms of cultural tolerance and representation in a remixing and “cut and paste”culture; Movement training/specialization in yoga, and the dances of Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, West Africa (Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria, Ghana), North Africa (Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Western Sahara), Ethiopia, Northern India, American Modern Dance, Ethnomusicology of Hip Hop, Underground Electronica/ DJ culture

keywords

  • Dance, yoga, MENA, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, West Africa, North Africa, Northern India, American Modern Dance, Hip Hop, Eletronica and Internet, DJ Culture, Transnationalism, overlapping identities, multi-ethnicity, emerging models of global citizenship, Digital Diasporas, identity and collective cultural memory production, gender representation, social coding in movement practices, ethics, integrity, cultural appropriation issues in fusion, gender, inclusivity, ethnomusicology, fusion

Teaching

courses taught

  • DNCE 1027 - Dance in Cultural Perception and Expression
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores how the practice of dance can reflect, disrupt, subvert, support, and reinforce cultural expectations, norms and practices. Introduces international and domestic dance traditions and provides context for an interdisciplinary examination. Comparative readings from sociology, anthropology, gender studies, history, post-colonial studies, and political science provide a foundation to understand how cultural identities are negotiated and represented through movement.
  • DNCE 3041 - Major Technique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Designed for dance majors. Enrollment by audition only. May be repeated up to 16 total credit hours.
  • DNCE 4036 - Dance Teaching Practices: Inclusive Approaches to Instruction
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines legal, practical, pedagogical and philosophical issues in current dance education. Goals and content of professional and recreational dance training are considered and strategies for effective teaching practice are discussed. All genres of dance may be utilized depending on the specialities of participants. Same as DNCE 5036.
  • DNCE 4919 - Dance Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Project in dance under supervision of senior faculty. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as DNCE 5919.
  • DNCE 4939 - Dance Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides an opportunity for upper-division dance majors to serve apprenticeships in the community in work areas related to their major interests and career goals. Internships are available in areas such as arts administration, dance therapy, and technical production. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours. Instructor consent rquired.
  • DNCE 5001 - Graduate Technique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • DNCE 5056 - Graduate Teaching Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines practical, pedagogical, philosophical, and legal issues in current dance education. The goals and content of professional and recreational dance training are considered and strategies for effective teaching practice are discussed. Provides practice in practical application of theoretical material. All genres of dance may be utilized.
  • DNCE 5919 - Dance Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Project in dance under supervision of senior faculty. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as DNCE 4919.
  • DNCE 6047 - Dance Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies current dance trends, mostly in the United States, with particular attention paid to dance's intersection with philosophy, theory, technology, politics, current events and the other arts.

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