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Ph.D. Program in Dance

Current Student Research Interests

Robert Binghamholds a B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in dance from SUNY Brockport, and he is a Fulbright Scholar Award recipient (Berlin, summer 2013). For twenty years he has created and performed in experimental choreography throughout North America, and from 2005 - 2012 he was Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance at Alfred University. His research interests include environmental and site-specific dance, ecological philosophy, dance ethnography, somatics, and improvisational and choreographic practice. Robert is a Presidential Fellow and Edrie Ferdun Scholarly Achievement Award recipient.

Elisa Davis holds a B.A. in American Studies and Dance from Barnard College and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She performs professionally and teaches dance writing in New York City. Her research interests include Gaga technique, Israeli and Jewish diasporic choreography, contemporary movement aesthetics, and the intersections between dance, culture, and politics.

Amanda DiLodovico holds a B.A. in English and Dance with a concentration in Dance Studies from Marymount Manhattan College and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She is also a Temple University Fellow. Her research interests include dance and disability, non-normative bodies, humor in performance, discomfort, and the connections between movement, practice, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Anna Dodge holds a BA in Dance and English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an MA in Dance Education from New York University.  Her research interests include dance-music collaboration, pedagogy, and criticism.  

Jodi Falk holds a BA in Psychology from Brown University and an MFA in Dance from Temple University.  Her research focuses on Dance and Social Justice, Dance and Disability, and Dance as a transformational tool for learning.  Her upcoming dissertation is on community-based learning in dance, its practices and philosophies, and its pedagogical implications for higher education in the U.S. Ms. Falk is the Coordinator of Dance Education and Community Outreach in Dance for the Five College Community (University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College) in western MA.

Lindsey Grites Weeks holds a B.A. in Dance from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University. Her research interests center on the teaching of dance in higher education, including first-year experience for undergraduate dancers, transitions from private studios and K-12 programs into higher education, and applications of college student learning and development theories for the dance classroom. Lindsey is a ballet educator and a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, National Dance Education Organization, Dance New Jersey, and Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey.

David Heller holds an M.A. in Dance and Cultural Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Heller’s research includes technology’s influence on dance styles associated with underground electronic music (Rave) culture. Heller has received the Artsbridge America Teaching Artist Certificate of Achievement, presented research at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference in Trondheim, Norway, and most recently attended the Festival À Corps in Poitiers, France in April 2014. Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, Heller’s fifteen years of dance experience in B-boying, Popping and Liquid informs his research, fueling his strong desire to publish and become a tenure professor.


Colleen Hooper holds a B.A. in Dance and English from George Washington University and a M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University. Her research focuses on how dance functions as public service and she is currently writing about dancers funded by the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) from 1974-1982. She is a Temple University Fellow and received the 2013 Edrie Ferdun Award for Scholarly Achievement. Her choreography has been presented at venues in New York City, Philadelphia, and most recently Milwaukee. She serves as the Dance Research Journal Editorial Assistant and is a Graduate Student Representative to the Society of Dance History Scholars Board of Directors.

Cassandra Hulderman holds a B.S. in Recreation Therapy from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a master’s degree in Dance Education from Temple University. She is a former certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and recipient of the Calvin College Graduate Study Fellowship. Her research centers on dance and disability, specifically embodied and perceptual understandings of dancers with learning disabilities in higher education dance programs.


Julie B. Johnson holds a BA degree in Dance with a pedagogy concentration from Marymount Manhattan College, and an MS degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She is a co-founder of the nonprofit dance organization, Evolve Dance Inc.; she teaches and presents choreography throughout New York, Philadelphia, and beyond; and she conducts collaborative dance residencies with various communities, locally and abroad. Her research is centered on community interaction through choreography, education, performance, and collaboration.

Marija Krtolica holds an M.F.A. in choreography (UC Davis), and M.A. in Performance Studies (NYU). Her Ph.D. topic revolves around conceptualizations of body and unconscious in modernity in relationship to the histories of: dance performances and body-pathology; especially during socio-economic crisis. Marija is inquiring into insanity as a social construct contingent on the scientific knowledge and labor requirements. The critical focus is on the conscious performances of grotesque physicality. In her research she is applying Marxist analysis of the alienated labor, and Foucault’s genealogy of the abnormal related to power structures. Marija is a recipient Presidential Fellowship from Temple University.

Wesley Mech holds a B.A. in Environmental studies from King's College (Wilkes-Barre, PA), and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Since high school he has been pursuing an interest in the distinctive sense of place that living on two feet engenders. He attempts a commingling of research and dance practice to focus on the definition of pedestrian movement in traditonal performance environments and on city streets through studies on site specific performance, phenomenology, urban loneliness, and the material and social ecology of urban sidewalks.

Jeong Sun Park was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and graduated with honors form Ewha Women’s University with a B.A in Dance. She received her M.A. in Dance Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. She has performed in Korea, Japan, China, Russia, Canada and the US including the 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Center and NYU theaters. Before coming to Temple, she taught and designed dance curriculum at the Korean School of New York. Her research interest focuses on North Korean defector’s dance learning experiences and multicultural dance education in Korea. She is a lecturer at Chung-Ang Universtiy and Hansung University in Seoul, Korea and serves as an editorial assistant at the Korean Journal for Dance Studies.


Molly Shanahan holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Denison University, and an M.A. in Dance Composition from The Ohio State University. She is the founder and artistic director of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, a contemporary dance company that supports the development of her work, and was on the faculty at Northwestern University's Dance Program prior to deciding to pursue a Ph.D. at Temple. Her research interests are rooted in subjective embodied practice, and include evolving her distinct movement vocabulary within a broader context, and articulating the impact of the witness/witnessed relationship on the performance of her work.

Charmian Wells holds a B.F.A. in Dance and M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Charmian’s research is focused on choreographing belonging in the African diaspora, particularly across lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, etc. This interest stems from her performance background as a dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. She is a Presidential Fellow at Temple University. She has served as an editorial assistant on Dance Research Journal and is currently the editorial assistant for a forthcoming publication edited by Thomas DeFrantz. Research interests include: black performance theory; queer theory; critical race theory; feminist theory; feminist ethnography; transnational theory and diaspora; sound studies; and affect theory.