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Ellsworth, Michelle Distinguished Professor and Nada Diachenko Chair in Dance


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research overview

  • Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, sculptor, writer, and cartoonist. Dance is her native language as an artist; however, she regularly produces work that combines these and other genres and media. Her work is consistently shaped by: 1) her fluency not only in movement, but also in text, computers, improvisation, drawing, and video, and 2) her curiosity about gender, objects, identity, ritual, and the embodied and problematic human condition.


  • Interdisciplinary artist, web artist, and performance dance artist



courses taught

  • DNCE 4053 - Advanced Dance Composition
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on deepening the artistic voice and engaging with other art forms. Students explore the integration of technology and collaboration in creative projects and continue to engage in an objective critical process of their own work and the work of others. Meets with DNCE 5053.
  • DNCE 5053 - Advanced Dance Composition
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Meets wtih DNCE 4053.
  • DNCE 6047 - Seminar: Dance
    Primary Instructor - Fall 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.
  • DNCE 6073 - Choreography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Covers in-depth practical and theoretical approaches to dance composition for graduate students; solo and group forms; and analysis of historical and contemporary dance works. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with different instructors.
  • DNCE 6969 - The Graduate Project
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides the opportunity for synthesizing the graduate experience through the execution of a project related to the student's major area of interest. Project must be approved by the graduate faculty advisor.
  • IAWP 6200 - Intermedia Collaboratory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Collaborative studio course in which students focus on emerging practices in intermediate art, writing and performance while collaboratively building art, writing and/or performance projects that are presented to the community as public events and programs including exhibitions, publications and performances.
  • THTR 4081 - Senior Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Intellectual and conceptual capstone course for departmental majors with separate sections for theatre and dance students. Course promotes integration of ideas regarding history, criticism, and theory in performance and production. All inquiry throughout the semester relates to the theme of creative process.


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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)