Sherry Shapiro

Professor of Dance; Coordinator of Dance Education

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Office: 15 Weatherspoon
Phone: (919) 760-2857


Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Pedagogy; a field of education with a focus on social justice;
  • Choreography; as a rich process to explore the ways in which women’s identities are constructed in the context of culture, power and difference;
  • Research interrogating what it means to "become a dancer" and the phenomenon of "being in dance" through the use of critical theory, phenomenological description, and gender studies.

Work Experience

Professional biography

Sherry B. Shapiro is a professor of the dance and served as director of Women’s Studies at Meredith College.  She has served in state, national and international organizations, presented nationally and internationally, and is the author or editor of four books including Dance in a World of Change; Reflections on Globalization and Cultural Difference; Body Movements; Pedagogy, Politics and Social Change; Pedagogy and the Politics of the Body: A Critical Praxis; and Dance, Power and Difference: Critical and Feminist Perspectives in Dance Education, Human Kinetics.  Chapters in books and articles have been published and reviewed within the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and Brazil.  She has received awards for research and artistic work, as well as her work as a dance educator. In 2013 she was nominated to present the Faculty Distinguished Lecture at Meredith.  In 2009 she was a recipient of as a Fulbright Scholar.  She has served as a project coordinator for a program in peace education research developed as a joint effort between North Carolina and the University of Haifa, Israel. She served six years as the Research Officer for Dance and The Child International.


Academic Credentials

Doctor of Education, 1991, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master of Arts Leadership and Higher Education, 1986, Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1985, Appalachian State University
Professional Credentials: Graduate Supervision and Dance K-12 Licensure


Research

Research interests include examining the notion of embodied pedagogy, aesthetic education and its connections to personal and social transformation, and the relationship of dance to feminist and cultural studies.


Awards

  • Named Distinguished Lecturer for Meredith College 2012-13.
  • Invited Keynote Address “Culture, Consciousness and Choreography” Athens Greece, April 2010.
  • Invited speaker/participant World Arts Education Alliance, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK, and November 2009.
  • Fulbright Scholar, Cape Town University, Cape Town South Africa, 2009.
  • Received the Pauline Perry Davis Award for Excellence in Research and Publication from Meredith College, April 2009.
  • Invited Keynote for the international conference, “Dance and the Child International,” Holland, Summer 2006.
  • Invited Keynote to Cape Town University, South Africa; Presented a paper titled “Beyond Dancing… that Mode of Being Called Teaching,” for Confluences 4 conference, July 2004.
  • Invited Keynote by the Irish Arts Council as part of their Critical Voices series, December 2003.
  • Invited Keynote for the international conference,”Dance and the Child International,” Brazil. August 2003.
  • Invited Participant for the second “Peace Education Research Conference,” Haifa University, Israel, June 2003
  • Invited Participant for the “Workshop on Peace Education Research,” Haifa University, Israel, May 2000.
  • Received the Pauline Perry Davis Award for Excellence in Research, in Publication and Artistic Achievement from Meredith College, April 1999.
  • Received the University Dance Educator of the Year Award presented by the Dance Association of North Carolina Educators, December 1999.
  • Designated a Dupont Fellow of Technology at Meredith College for the academic year of 98-99.
  • Invited Workshop Leader for the conference “Speaking Bodies” in Israel, April 1997.
  • Invited Keynote Address for the American Educational Studies Association National Conference, Chapel Hill, November 1994.
  • Named Jesse Ball DuPont Fellow, as CAPSTONE faculty at Meredith College, 1992.
  • Collaboration with the NC State Department of Public Instruction and the American Dance Festival developing a course to address critical issues of Dance Education in public schools.
  • Received grant funding from the NC State Department of Public Instruction to develop and teach a summer program for dance educators bringing together all NC Coordinators of Dance Education Certification Programs to discuss integrating arts and other disciplines (K-12), 1991.
  • Awarded Scholarship to support doctoral studies by the Association of the Business Women of America, 1989.
  • Honor Graduate in Department of Leadership & Higher Education, ASU, 1986.
  • Graduate Representative for Higher Education on Executive Graduate Committee, ASU, 1985-86.

Publications

Shapiro, Sherry.   Dance in a World of Change; Reflections on Globalization and Cultural  Differences. Edited Book; Human Kinetics (Spring, 2008).

Shapiro, S and Shapiro, S.  Body Movements; Pedagogy, Politics and Social Change.  Hampton Press (Spring 2002).

Shapiro, Sherry B.  Pedagogy and the Politics of the Body: A Critical Praxis.  Garland Publishing (January, 1999).

Shapiro, Sherry B. Dance, Power and Difference: Critical and Feminist Perspectives in Dance Education.  Edited Book; Human Kinetics (April, 1998).

Chapters in Books:

Shapiro, Sherry B. (in process).  “"Haunted by Meaning; Dance as Aesthetic Activism", chapter in book the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, in press, Oxford University Press.

Shapiro, Sherry B. (2012).  “Dance in a Time of Social Crisis; Towards a Transformational View of Dance Education”.  In Rich Returns; In Search of Our Own Dance Knowledges.  Eds. Brown, A, Manley M, Nielsen. C.  Dance and the Child International; Taiwan Chapter; Wen-Tsui.

Shapiro, Sherry B. (2009).  “Dance in a World of Change; A Vision for Global Aesthetics and  Universal Ethics.”  In Education in Troubled Times.  Editor H. Svi Shapiro.  Publisher:  Routhledge.

Shapiro, Sherry B. (2008).  "Embodied Knowledge: Voice - What Your Body is Telling You and Self Esteem."  The Brains and the Body of Dance.   American Press as part of the NDEO dance textbook series.

Shapiro, Sherry B. (2002). “The Commonality of the Body; Pedagogy and Peace Culture.”  In Peace education: The concept, principles and practice around the world. Editors: Gavriel Salomon & Baruch Nevo. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA).

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (2002) "The Body: The Site of Common Humanity." In (S. Shapiro, & S. Shapiro) Body Movements; Pedagogy, Politics and Social Change.  Hampton Press.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1999). "Toward Transformative Teachers: Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Dance Education." In S. Shapiro (Ed.), Dance, Power and Difference; Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Dance Education, pp. 7-22.  Illinois: Human Kinetics. 

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1999). “Yizkor.”  In (S. Shapiro) Strangers in a Strange Land: Critical Pedagogy and Jewish Roots.  Lang Publishers.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1995). “Skinned Alive: Towards a Postmodern Pedagogy of the Body.”  In P. McLaren (Ed.), Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, and Pedagogy (pp. 101-120). Australia: James Nicholas Publishers.

Shapiro, Sherry B. “The Act of Making: Dance as Aesthetic Activism”, Choros International Dance Journal, 2 (Spring15, 2013), pp. 15-32.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (2004). “Recovering Girlhood:  A Pedagogy of Embodiment,” Perspective; Sexuality and Dance in Higher Education. Journal for Dance Education (4) 1, pp. 33-40.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1999). “Towards Transformative Teachers: Critical and Feminist Perspectives in Teacher Education."   In Pro-Posicoes, 9, n.2 [26] - junho/1998, pp. 35-45.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1996). “Towards Transformative Teachers: Critical and Feminist Perspectives in Dance Education.”  Impulse (1) pp. 37-48.

Shapiro, S. and S. Shapiro.  (1995). “Silent Voices; Bodies of Knowledge: Towards a Critical Pedagogy of the Body.” Journal of Curriculum & Theorizing, (1) pp. 49-72.

Shapiro, Sherry B.  (1994). “Re-Membering the Body in Critical Pedagogy.” Critical Pedagogy of the Body.”  Education and Society, 12, (1) pp. 61-79.

Taylor, Sherry B.  (1994). “Reaching Beyond the Familiar: Redefining Dance Education as an Emancipatory Pedagogy.”  Comunicacoes & Artes, (Translated in Portuguese), 17, (28) pp. 65-76.

Taylor, Sherry B. (1991).  “Skinned Alive: Towards A Postmodern Pedagogy of the Body.” Education and Society, 9, (1) pp. 61-72.

Artistic Performances

• Choreography, “Hair Peace,” Meredith College, March and April, 2013.

• Choreography, “Hair South Africa,” Cape Town University, May, 2009

• Choreography, ". . . and Sarah Laughed,” Dance Works, April 2000.

• Multimedia presentation, "On Line . . . Memory, Media and Meredith," presented for college wide convocation, Meredith College, November 1998.

• Choreography, "Yizkor," presented for Dance Works, Meredith College, November 1998.

• Choreography, “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,” Meredith Dance Theatre, March 1996.

• Choreography, “EATING,” Meredith Dance Theater, March 1994.

• Dance and Dialogue; Invited performance, paper and discussion of “EATING” as feminist pedagogy for Women’s History Month at University North Carolina Greensboro, April 1994.

• Dance and Dialogue; Invited performance, paper and discussion of Body Parts” as feminist choreography at North Carolina State University for Women, Arts and Society Presentation, March 1993.

• Choreography, “Body Parts,” Meredith Fall Dance Concert, 1992.

• Choreography, “Silent Voices,” Meredith Dance Theatre 1991.

• Choreography, “Stripping Images,” Meredith Dance Theatre 1989.

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