Jennifer Nugent

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance
Danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work in the company. She has also had opportunities to perform and work intensively with Martha Clarke, Lisa Race, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Barbara Sloan, and Dale Andre. Her teaching and dancing is inspired by all of her teachers and mentors, most profoundly by her time working, performing with, and learning from Daniel Lepkoff, Wendall Beavers, Gerri Houlihan, David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, Wendy Woodson, and Patty Townsend. Her choreography and duet collaborations with Paul Matteson have been presented in New York City and throughout the United States. Nugent teaches regularly in New York City and abroad and has been a guest artist at numerous universities and dance festivals, including The American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. She has been a teaching artist at Smith College and Amherst College since 2014. In 2015, she choreographed a work titled Stir on FCDD students. Stir was performed at the Smith College Faculty Concert in 2015 and the Five College Dance Concert at Mount Holyoke in 2016. In 2016-2017, she staged Five College dancers on an excerpt from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Story/Time. SLC, 2017–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018

Dance

Somatics, Improvisations, and the Athletics of Intimacy

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We will be exploring movement and dance through the research of improvisation and the influences of the experiential anatomy of the somatic research of Body-Mind Centering®, Contact Improvisation, and structures and scores for improvising and composing dances. We will make the invisible visible, learning more about the interior of the body and our ideas, and explore pathways to space, time, and place as we also learn basic anatomy and physiology to better understand the mechanics of movement.

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Teaching Conference

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In this practice-based course, students develop skills to bring their artistry into a teaching setting. Readings, discussion, and short written pieces will support exploration of perspectives on teaching and development of individual areas of interest. Following current practices in the field for bringing together arts and education, we will study methods for artists to partner with educators and implement those methods in a weekly class for children enrolled in SLC’s acclaimed Early Childhood Center (ECC). In addition to our work with ECC, there are several options for those interested in an expanded practical curriculum. SLC’s Campbell Sports Center offers opportunities for students to initiate and lead physical education classes; and SLC’s Office of Community Partnerships can assist students in pursuing teaching initiatives in surrounding communities, including Yonkers, greater Westchester, and other New York City Metropolitan areas.

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