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Welcoming New Faculty

Published July 18, 2014


Hannah Schwadron

Hannah Schwadron

The School of Dance is happy to welcome an Assistant Professor as our newest faculty member in the area of Dance History. With a PhD in Critical Dance Studies and a MFA in Experimental Choreography, both from the University of California Riverside, Dr. Schwadron brings a broad array of scholarly, creative research and teaching activities to Florida State. Her areas of specialization include Dance History, Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Jewish Studies, Critical Race Studies, Modern Dance, Choreography, Dance Performance, Improvisation and Movement Theater.

Forthcoming publications from Dr. Schwadron include an article entitled “Pious and Porn Spectacles: US Jewess Choreographies on the Post-fem Frontier” for the upcoming Dance in American Culture, an anthology published by the University Press of Florida and edited by FSU School of Dance faculty – Dr. Jen Atkins, Dr. Sally Sommer, and Dr. Tricia Young. Additionally, she has contributed “Lesbian Sex and Swan Sin: Domesticating the Queer in Aronofsky’s Black Swan” for the publication, Meaning and Makings of Queer Dance, edited by Clare Croft, soon to be published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Schwadron most recently served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY Queens College, NY during the 2013/2014 academic year.

In addition to her significant research contributions to the dance field, Dr. Schwadron has maintained a very active performance and choreography schedule at venues in Brooklyn, NY and in California. She has also been invited to participate in the Hamburg, Germany citywide Month of Remembrance project this coming spring as a continuation of her presentation of choreographic work there in 2012 on Holocaust themes. We are proud to count Hannah Schwadron as our newest member of faculty.

We are also delighted to announce the return of two very special visiting faculty members, Tyrone Brooks and Loren Davidson. Mr. Brooks, a past soloist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and former Executive Director of the Virginia School of the Arts, has recently taken over the role of Artistic Director at the Tallahassee Ballet. He will be teaching Ballet in the professional majors program. Loren Davidson joined us as an adjunct faculty member last year as Coordinator of the School of Dance Conditioning Studio, as well as instructor for contemporary dance and cross training classes. We are happy that Ms. Davidson will be continuing in those roles in the upcoming year, but on a full time basis. Loren has performed with Dance Repertory Theatre as well as Ellis Wood Dance in New York, touring nationally and internationally. She has also served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival’s Young Dancers’ Workshop in Durham, NC and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, Pre-Professional Intensive in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Read more on the Dance Department at the FSU School of Dance website.