Tina Curran , MFA, Treasurer and co-founded Language of Dance Center (LODC) USA
Tina Curran has worked extensively with Ann Hutchinson Guest further developing the Language of Dance methodology, recently co-authoring the 2nd edition of Your Move: The Language of Dance® Approach to the study of Movement and Dance (2007).
A LOD Certification Specialist, Curran has presented this work at the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, El Centro Nationale des les Arts in Mexico City, the Royal Academy of Dance in London and the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.
Serving on the writing committee for the development of the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance Grades PreK-12, Curran has led citywide professional development for the New York City Board of Education introducing the Language of Dance approach to promote dance literacy.
A doctoral candidate in Dance Education at New York University with a focus on multiliteracies and artist development, Curran earned a BFA in Dance from The Julliard School and an MFA in Choreographic Theory and Practice from Southern Methodist University (SMU). She has taught ballet, modern and jazz technique, dance history, Labanotation and Language of Dance on the faculties at Southern Methodist University, Booker T. Washington High School of the Visual and Performing Arts (Dallas, TX) and at the Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan).
She has performed a broad range of choreographic repertory by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, David Parsons, Garth Fagan, George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillian, Anthony Tudor, Gus Giordano and Danny Buraczeski. As a dance director, she has staged masterworks from the Labanotation scores including Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’unn Faune, Arthur Saint-Léon’s Pas De Six from La Vivandière, Helen Tamiris’ How Long Brethren, Valerie Bettis’ The Desperate Heart, and Maggie Grippenberg’s Life Continues.
As the director of the Language of Dance® Center, USA, Curran conducts certification courses, master classes and residencies nationally and internationally in academic and professional venues for all ages and skill levels. She also presents her work at professional conferences in the dance, education, and notation fields worldwide.
Curran, like Guest, has a holistic vision of dance education and dance literacy to revitalize the entire discipline.