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Curriculum Vitae

Dawn R. Schultz

EDUCATION

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Doctorate of Philosophy, Art and Design 2020-Present

         Practice-led Research, Designing choreographic methods

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

Master of Fine Arts, Choreography 2018-2020

        Advanced research in choreo-pedagogical methodologies  

 

California State University, Carson, CA

Graduate Courses in Special Education 2001-2002

 

Kean University, Union, NJ

Graduate Courses in Health/Physical Education 2009-2011

Bachelor of Arts, Special Education 1995-1999


 

TRAINING

Practice-Based Research Residency  2022

Liverpool Art & Design Intensive - Valerie Walkerdine, Sarah Bennett, Michael Bowdidge & Susie Quillinan

Trisha Brown Dance Company  2021

Summer Intensive, Locus  - Eva Karczag & Shelly Senter

Jacksonville University  2018-2020

Contemporary Body Practice –  Ana Sànchez-Colberg, 

       Cari Coble, Fabiano Culora, Amy Miller & Jüri Nael

Examining Practice – Christina Teague-Mann 

Intermedia – William Hill & Tiffany Santeiro

Methods of Practice - Lana Haylock, Christina Teague-Mann

Creative Synergies - Lana Haylock

 

Ailey American Dance Theater  2017

Horton Pedagogy Workshop - Ana Marie Forsythe

 

Ailey American Dance Theater  2015-2018

Horton - Karen Arceneaux

Limon - Becky Brown

Zumba - Richard Martinez

 

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts  1996-2015

Modern - Sharron Miller

West African - Candace Hall

Tap - Deborah Mitchell 

 

Santa Monica Dance  1999-2004

Ballet -  Laura Mazur, Benedicte Schoyen

Jazz - Atle Hoff, Marie Bergenholtz

Hip Hop - Damien Davis

 

Kean University  1995-1999

Kean Dance Theatre Ensemble, Director, Luis Martinez

Modern - Dawud Jackson, Luis Martinez

Ballet -  Carla Murgia

Jazz - Dawud Jackson, Carla Murgia

 

 

CERTIFICATIONS

New Jersey K-12 Teaching Certifications:

  • Teacher of Dance Education 2019

  • Teacher of Drivers Education 2013

  • Teacher of Health Education 2011

  • Teacher of Physical Education 2010

  • Teacher of Vocational Arts Dance 2007

  • Teacher of Education (Special Education) 1999

 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Advisory Board Member, Ocean Township Visual and Performing Arts Academy

  • VP Dance, Executive Board, NJ Association of Health, PE, Recreation & Dance

  • Board Member, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

  • Advisory Council, mignolo dance company 

  • National Dance Education Organization 

  • American Society of Aesthetics

  • Dance Studies Association

  • Dance Film Association

  • Dance NJ

 

EXPERIENCE

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ  2023-Present

Adjunct Professor

  • Developed a new course, Exploring Dance Concepts

  • Investigate various dimensions of dance and its importance in education

  • Assist students in developing methods that support their professional objectives

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ  2022-Present

Consultant, Center of Pedagogy 

  • Provide professional development for educators

  • Facilitate workshops on the integration of interdisciplinary arts programming

  • Support teachers in developing curriculum and assessment for arts education

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ 2022

Repertory Professor​​

  • Taught composition courses to dance majors in AFA program

  • Explored elements of choreographic methods 

  • Created learning experiences to demonstrate compositional principles

  • Choreographed work for the college’s semester-end performance

Ocean Township High School, Oakhurst, NJ  2015-Present

Dance Education

  • Developed and implemented district Dance Curriculum

    Commitment to a community approach balancing technique and theory with creative manifestation and development of choreography to demonstrate the application of decolonizing codified language through the art of movement

  • Collaborate with students in the music department and faculty members to create works to perform at school and community events

  • Utilize and modify rubrics for student assessment and evaluation

  • Create and conduct meaningful lessons aligned with the State and National Standards

 

New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick, NJ  2015

Dance Education

  • Taught for Summer Bridge program for incoming 9th graders

  • Taught modern, jazz, and hip-hop dance 

  • Created a theme connected to Language Arts and Mathematics, choreographed and directed the production

 

North Plainfield High School, North Plainfield, NJ  2013-2015

Dance Education

Physical Education & Health

  • Developed and implemented Dance Level 1 & 2 Curriculum 

  • Differentiated instruction for students on various levels 

  • Choreographed dances in a variety of genres and directed performances for school and community events                        

  • Created rubrics for student assessment and evaluation 

  • Assisted students in choreography projects linked to cross-curricular connections related to the Core Standards and PARCC exemplars

  • Created meaningful Health and Driver's Education lessons aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

 

Piscataway High School, Piscataway, NJ  2004-2013

Dance Education

  • Initiated and implemented dance programs within Piscataway Township Schools (High School Performing Arts Ensemble, Middle School Enrichment Program, Summer Camp Dance Class)

  • Developed and implemented rules and expectations for the group

  • Held weekly practices leading the dancers in warm-ups involving static and dynamic stretching, yoga, Pilates technique and choreography

  • MSG Varsity 2012 Talent Show Champions

 

Special Education

  • Taught high school English to special needs students

  • Wrote and conducted meaningful lesson plans in “Understanding by Design” format

  • Modified the core curriculum to assist students with meeting the goals and objectives in their Individual Education Plan

  • Prepared Present Level of Performance reports for student IEPs 

  • Implemented a Reward/Point System  

Kea’au High School, Kea’au, HI  2003-2004

Special Education

  • Taught high school reading and math to multifaceted learners

  • Administered and assessed Brigance and SDRTs

  • Created Individual Education Programs in ISPED program

  • Prepared creative and innovative lessons adaptable to a variety of learning styles

 

Culver City High School, Culver City, CA  1999-2003

Dance Education

  • Initiated and implemented dance programs within the School District

  • Choreographed musicals and various productions

  • Instructed students in Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Modern Dance

Special Education

  • Taught 9th -12th-grade multifaceted learners Math, Science, and English

  • Administered and assessed the Woodcock-Johnson Revised Test

  • Created, prepared, and conducted IEPs and meetings

  • Developed and implemented successful behavior management strategies

  • Taught integrated summer preschool class

Santa Monica Dance Studio  1999-2003

Dance Instructor

  • Taught students in the methods, practice, and expression of tap dance

  • Choreographed group and individual dance pieces for stage performance

  • Performed in the community and cultural events

GUEST ARTISTS (Invitation)

Florence Academy Fine Arts, Florence, AL  2023 

  • Master Class / Choreography

  • Synergetic Agential Choreographic Method

  • Collaborative Choreographic Practice

 

Kean University, Union, NJ   2023

  • Master Class / Screendance

  • Merging Movement and Technology

  • Integrated Practice/Shared Decision Making

 

Virginia Commonwealth University, VA   2022

  • Master Class / Choreography

  • Interdisciplinary approach merging Visual Art & Choreography

  • Collaborative Choreographic Practice

 

Middlesex College, Edison, NJ   2021-2022

  • Guest Artist Residency / Choreography & Screendance

  • Integrated interdisciplinary improvisational tasks with the Dance Ensemble

  • Choreographed works for College Winter & Spring Performance

 

Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ  2018

  • Artist-in-Residence / Educational

  • Developed and implemented a Modern Dance unit of study

  • Choreographed work for the University’s Winter Showcase

 

PRESENTATIONS (Selected Peer Review & Invited)

Reinvigorate the Choreographic Process, Atlanta, GA  2022

Experimental Workshop - National Dance Education Organization Conference

 

Assessment In and Through Arts Education, East Orange, NJ  2022

Professional Development - VPA Middle & High School Teachers

 

Interdisciplinary Programming, East Orange, NJ  2022

Districtwide Professional Development - Visual & Performing Arts Department 

 

Transart Institute Summer Intensive, Liverpool, UK  2022

Practice-based Research - The Materialization of a Choreographic Process through an Interdisciplinary Approach

 

Puerto Rico Classical Dance Competition, San Juan, PR  2022

Screendance - Merging Movement and Technology

 

Society of Health and PE Convention, Long Branch, NJ. 2022

Exploring Social-Emotional Learning through Movement in Motion

 

​Liverpool John Moores University Research Cafe, Virtual/Global  2022

Exploring Choreography through the Lens of a Visual Art Practice

DANCE ON FILM

mignolo international screendance festival, Metuchen, NJ    2022-Present

Director of Screendance Festival

  • Initiated and implemented film festival with mignolo dance company

  • Developed and maintained a social media platform for the festival

  • Curated and collaborated with the jury and selected filmmakers 

  • Hosted a 3-day screendance festival event

 

Festival Videodanza de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR  2023

  • Carousel, Official Selection

 

Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival, Athens, Greece  2023

  • Carousel, Honorable Mention

 

Central Michigan International Film Festival, Mt. Pleasant, MI  2023

  • Carousel, Official Selection

 

Red Rock ScreenDance Film Festival, St. George, UT  2023

  • Carousel, Official Selection

 

College Dance Film Festival, Denton, TX  2023

  • ThROUghLiNE, Official Selection 

 

Florence DanceOnScreen, Florence, Italy  2021

  • ThROUghLiNE, Official Selection 

 

Screendance links below in the choreography section from 2015 - Present

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

SEVEN TO THE SEVENTH  

Concepts by Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Jacksonville, FL. July 2019.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6224828

WHEN MOURNING COMES 

Choreography by Luis Martinez, Wilkins Theater, Union, NJ. April 2015.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aR73Eb3Ae8

 

MY NATION HEALED 

Choreographed by Sentheia McLeod, Wilkins Theater, Union, NJ. April 2015. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg8lY-ceFIs 

Performed in Central Park, New York for the International Day of Peace Celebration, September 2015.

 

HEAVEN HELP ME

Choreographed by Benedicte Schoyen, Morgan Wixon Theather, CA, February 2003. 

 

LET ME LIVE

Choreographed by Atle Hoff, Morgan Wixon Theather, CA, February 2003.

 

IN THIS WORLD

Choreographed by Marie Bergenholtz, Morgan Wixon Theather, CA, February 2002. 


WHAT ABOUT THE TIME

Choreographed by Atle Hoff, Morgan Wixon Theather, CA, February 2002.

 

THE ESSENCE OF FLOW

Choreographed by Marie Bergenholtz, Santa Monica Dance Theater, CA, February 2001. 

 

CELLBLOCK TANGO

Choreographed by Atle Hoff, Santa Monica Dance Theater, CA, December 2000.

 

NEW AGENDA

Choreographed by Damien Davis, Santa Monica Dance Theather, CA, December 2000. 

 

IN LOVING MEMORY

Choreographed by Luis Martinez, Performed in four sections: Birth, Life, Death, Trance-dance, Wilkins Theather, NJ, April 1999. 

 

COLOR OF FEAR

Choreographed by Luis Martinez, Wilkins Theather, NJ, April 1998. 

 

WEB OF EMOTIONS

Choreographed by Luis Martinez, Wilkins Theather, NJ, April 1997. 

 

CELOS (JEALOUSY)

Choreographed by Luis Martinez, Wilkins Theather, NJ, April 1996. 


 

CHOREOGRAPHY 

Flight

FAFA Dance Company

Florence, Alabama, October 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQfY8ivZowo

Untethered

MDI Collective

Liverpool, UK, July 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiZV9Y1I1n8

Carousel

Athens International Art Film Festival

mignolo dance

Asbury Park, NJ, April 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgmmg_A8YUE 

 

Staining the Score

Raritan Valley Community College

Screendance, Branchburg, NJ, March 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BqI4gDJ1oY&t=85s

 

The Impetus

Middlesex College Dance Ensemble

Performing Arts Center, Edison, NJ, November 2021

https://youtu.be/0TyrJVplaXE

ThROUghLiNE

Selected-FlorenceDanceOnFilm

Movement Exploration Lab

Jersey Shore Arts Center/LaSalle Gallery, NJ, July 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjgw3Kecmuo

 

CANVAS

Movement Exploration Lab

Asbury Park, NJ, April 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpIL7lytiE&t=8s

STRING THEORY

Movement Exploration Lab

Spring for Spring Dance Festival, mignolo arts center, June 2022

Middlesex College Blackbox Theater, NJ, April 2022

https://youtu.be/S9saU0Nvv8w

Ocean Township Blackbox Theater, NJ, February 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QQIf7JSaEo

UNNECESSARY BAGGAGE

1(-1) Materiality of Exile

Ocean Township Stage, NJ, November 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXDJSzHK8Wc

BREAKING THE STIGMA

Movement Exploration Lab

Jersey Shore Arts Center, NJ, March 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoNmEPmI2jA

 

UNTAPPED SYNERGIES

Ocean Township Blackbox Theater, NJ, November 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJP1pjUklI0&t=50s

 

FALLING

Ocean Township Stage, NJ, January 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjJ9HUlVmQE&feature=youtu.be

 

IN THIS SHIRT

Ocean Township Parks Project, May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9uSTjHHY8o

 

DECEPTION AND FORGIVENESS

Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival, March 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaAjQUINdMU

 

HARD WORK

Ocean Township Parks Project, November 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojX-un9OXyQ

 

TO BUILD A HOME

Somerset County Teen Arts Festival, March 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2RJBnB4Ras

 

THE CONTENTION

Somerset County Teen Arts Festival, March 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TAnWL8X3hc

OCEAN DANCE THEATRE

Annual Production, Numerous Dances & Various Genres Choreographed, 2015-Present

 

THE DANCE GALA

North Plainfield Annual Production, Various Genres Choreographed, 2013-2015

 

CHIEFS PRODUCTIONS

Piscataway School-Wide and Community Events, Various Genres Choreographed, 2004-2013

 

CULVER CITY DIVAS

Culver City School-Wide and Community Events, Various Genres Choreographed, 1999-2003

 

SANTA MONICA DANCE

Annual Production, Tap Dances Choreographed, 1999-2003

 

KEAN DANCE THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Annual Production, Numerous Dances & Various Genres Choreographed, 1996-1999


 

RESEARCH

Practice-Based:

Synergetic Agential Choreography 

https://www.synergeticagentialchoreography.com/

The Materialization of a Choreographic Process through an Interdisciplinary Approach

https://sites.google.com/view/dschultzphdblog/project-proposal?authuser=0

 

Materiality and the Impetus to Create Artistic Expression Through the Moving 

Body:  A Choreographic Exploration

https://sites.google.com/view/artistic-research-dawn-schultz/home

 

Traditional:

Body Politics & The “Absolute” Power of Choreography, 2019 

https://www.academia.edu/39012709/Body_Politics_and_The_Absolute_Power_of_Choreography

 

Gandhi’s Salt March Analyzed Through the Lens of Body Politics, 2019

https://www.academia.edu/39012600/Gandhis_Salt_March_Analyzed_Through_the_Lens_of_Body_Politics

Ballet and its Many Facets, 2018

https://www.academia.edu/41243602/Ballet_and_One_of_its_Many_Facets

 

Perspectivism of Forsythe Ballet in Reflection of Historical Transformation, 2018

https://www.academia.edu/39012735/Perspectivism_of_Forsythe_Ballet_in_Reflection_of_Historical_Transformation

 

Ruth St. Denis - The Art of Expression and the Time of its Inception, 2018

https://www.academia.edu/39004015/Ruth_St._Denis--The_Art_of_Expression_and_the_Time_of_its_Inception


 

REFERENCES

Cari Freiberger, Professor of Dance & MFA Coordinator, Jacksonville University - ccoble@ju.edu

John Hyatt, Ph.D. Supervisor, Director of Art Institute Liverpool John Moores University - j.hyatt@ljmu.ac.uk

Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Professor, International Performing Artist - ana.sanchez-colberg@ema.edu.ee

 

Ian Schwartz, Supervisor Humanities Department, Ocean Twp - ischwartz@oceanschools.org

Luis Martinez, Professor of Dance Kean University, Union, New Jersey - lmartine@kean.edu 

 

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