Faculty & Staff Sharon Butcher, Dance

Sharon Butcher teaches dance courses for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance and serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Dance Studies major. She has a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She trained intensively with Erick Hawkins and danced professionally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth in New York.

Sharon's modern dance choreography has been performed in the United States, England, Scotland and Spain. She enjoys creating cross-disciplinary works that blend actors, visual artists, poets, musicians and modern dancers. In the spring of 2000, Sharon's choreography, Sonic Riff, was selected by adjudicators Mark Haim and Bebe Miller for a Maryland State Arts Council choreographic award, and was selected by adjudicators Li Choa Ping, Ric Rose and Terry Creech for the National American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center.

Sharon uses her training in dance kinesiology, injury prevention and massage therapy to design and teach workshops on Dancer Health at various dance festivals and conferences. She has been an artist in residence and/or guest teacher for Estada International de Dansa, Banyoles, Spain; North Coast Dance, Eureka; The Dance Place, Washington DC; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; University of West Virginia, Morgantown; University of Maryland at College Park; University of Florida, Gainesville; and the American College Dance Festival's National Conference.

She has received choreographic and production grants from various universities and art councils in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and California. Sharon currently serves as the Southwest Regional Representative for the American College Dance Festival Association.

photo: Sharon Butcher