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Ellen Gerdes




    • B.A.: Dance, Wesleyan University
      Ed.M.: Dance, Temple University

      Ellen is invested in all aspects of dance: dance education, scholarship, and performance. As a frequent presenter at national academic dance conferences, she has shared her research that focuses on pedagogy and cultural politics of dance of the Chinese diaspora. In 2007, the Association for Asian Performance awarded her the Emerging Scholars Award at the Association for Asian Performance conference. Her written scholarship has been published by the Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of Dance Education, Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies, and the Dance Chronicle. Ellen is also a contributing writer to, a newly conceived website devoted to many facets of dance in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching college students at Temple University, she has years of experience as a teaching artist in Philadelphia’s public schools. She currently teaches the Chinese dance ensemble at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School and for Koresh Dance Company’s outreach program. She performs with independent choreographers and as a member of the site-specific Leah Stein Dance Company. Also a trained mezzo-soprano, Ellen sings with the Mendelssohn Club Choir and Chestnut Street Singers chamber ensemble. She has had the opportunity to integrate voice with movement for choreographers Jennifer Morley, Olive Prince, Kun-Yang Lin, Anna Drozdowski, and Marion Ramirez with Jung Woong Kim.