The Pedagogy of Dance Performance in the University: Internal and External Projects
Our Great Works Project makes it possible for students to perform works by reknowned choreographers. My collaborative projects with companies makes it possible for students to work with professional dancers.
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The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.61-68.
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SHARON GARBER, Associate Professor at Western Michigan University, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet in 1976 from York University in Toronto, Ontario. She continued her dance training in New York City with Melissa Hayden, Finis Jhung, Wilhelm Burmann and David Howard. As a professional dancer, her 12-year career was with Maryland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Des Moines Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet and Dallas Ballet plus appearances as a guest artist with numerous regional ballet companies in the U.S.A. Ms. Garber has taught all levels of ballet at private studios, in private and public school systems and at the university level as well as guest residencies, master classes, festivals and workshops nationally and internationally (Taiwan and Canada). In 1992, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX and served there as an Occasional Member of the Graduate Dance Faculty.
Ms. Garber joined the faculty of Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance in 1994 and became the Ballet Director in 1995. At Western Michigan, she has been the Rehearsal Director for the four ballets by George Balanchine that have been performed in the department’s "Great Works Project" under the authorization of The George Balanchine Trust. She has also restaged and adapted repertoire for the "Great Works Project" from the Romantic and Classical eras. Ms. Garber’s choreography has been performed through out the U.S. and the island of Taiwan and has received adjudicated recognition at American College Dance Festival and Regional Dance America.
Besides membership in numerous organizations and unions, Ms. Garber is a founding member of CORPS de Ballet International, an organization for ballet teachers in higher education and served as President (2000-02). In 2005, the Board of Directors presented her with the organization’s Outstanding Service Award. She is presently serving on the Board of American College Dance Festival Association. Ms. Garber has served as an adjudicator in the US and Canada, presented her research at North American and European conferences, and written an article for "Dance Teacher" magazine.
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