Professor of Dance
Areas of Expertise
- Modern Dance Technique: I enjoy developing dancers’ movement and performance abilities through physically challenging and exhilarating dance technique classes.
- Dance Theory: Whether the principles of dance composition, or the history of theatrical dance, or the function and structure of human anatomy, I enjoy guiding students in discovering many dimensions of dance theory.
- Yoga & Somatics: The mind, heart, breath, body, and spirit are all vital aspects of our humanity and of our training in dance; somatic practices such as yoga and Ideokinesis can help us integrate all these aspects.
Alyson Colwell-Waber has been a strong presence in the North Carolina dance community since joining the faculty of Meredith College in 1984. At Meredith Alyson founded Meredith Dance Theatre performing ensemble, led the development of the dance curriculum, and served in various college-wide administrative roles. She earned the rank of Full Professor in 2001. Alyson earned her Master of Fine Arts in dance at Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University. She is also trained in Embodied Yoga and is a registered yoga teacher. During her dance career, Alyson has trained with contemporary dance masters Hanya Holm, Daniel Nagrin, Ruth Currier, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Liz Lerman, and Douglas Nielsen. She has produced two solo concerts in 1988 and 1995 and has been the recipient of two Dance Artist Project Grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a Raleigh Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award, a Perry Artistic Achievement Award, and the Meredith College Presidential Award. Alyson has served the dance community as a board member and board president of the North Carolina Dance Alliance and Even Exchange Dance Theatre, as well as a board member for Raleigh Dance Theatre. In 2012 the North Carolina Dance Alliance presented her with its Annual Award for lifetime contribution to dance in our state.
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, Dance; Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, May, 1984.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance Education; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, June 1980.
EMBODIYOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION, Iyengar Yoga with an emphasis is anatomy; Chapel Hill, NC, May 2010.
2012 North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award for lifetime achievement in dance.
2004 Laura Harrill Presidential Award for outstanding service to the Meredith community
1988 Raleigh Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award.
1988 Meredith College Pauline Perry Award for Artistic Achievement
2011 MEREDITH DANCE THEATRE and BENEFIT CONCERT for TSUNAMI ORPHANS - choreographed Moon Rising, an original piece of choreography for Meredith College student dancers. Performed in public concerts in Jones Auditorium in September and November.
2000 THIS MOST AMAZING DAY: A PERFORMANCE IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT HARTFORD’S INAUGURATION
1996 WE WERE, WE ARE, WE WILL BE: FOUNDERS’ DAY CONVOCATION
1995 SOLO FLIGHT : A SOLO PREFORMANCE BY ALYSON COLWELL-WABER
1994 LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE – guest performer in company performance
1992 GALA PERFORMANCE AT THE MID-ATLANTIC FESTIVAL
AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL
1990 - 1993 NEW PERFORMING DANCE COMPANY - company member
1989 JOSE LIMON DANCE COMPANY - guest performer in Missa Brevis (Limon)
1989 – 1990 ROBERT SMALL DANCE COMPANY - performer
1988 ALYSON COLWELL: AN EVENING OF SOLO & DUET CHOREOGRAPHY
Although my professional career has been and continues to be filled with wonderful experiences, accomplishments, and recognitions, it is the day-to-day opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students is what I’m most committed to and most proud of. Seeing students find their own voice, power, and self-expression is the greatest reward.
Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber
Watch Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber describe how her sabbatical led her to a new, and unexpected, phase in her performing career. Meredith College invests in its faculty through its support of sabbaticals, grants, awards, travel, and other forms of professional development. Watch video »
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