Research & Writing
Did You Know These 4 Famous Black Women Had Their Beginnings in Dance?
In a rare photo of the great Maya Angelou, she stands in a loose fourth position, elegant, tall, and grounded with her right arm pointing skyward. Many who stumble upon the photograph don't realize the Pulitzer Prize–nominated poet was a dancer. She is not the only famous Black female creative whose dance backgrounds are relatively unknown. Several have had deep ties to the art form.
Dance Teacher Magazine
Eight BIPOC Choreographer Your Students Should Know About
Educate yourself about these eight artists of color past and present, mostly from the postmodern and dance theater genres, so you can educate your students about them. (And for a list of even more BIPOC artists to teach your students about, click here.) As teachers, we have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to stop the cycle of erasure and one-sided history to give our students a fuller understanding of dance history.
Journal of Dance Education in Practice
Tips for Success in Navigating a Master's Degree in Dance
In this article, I offer fourteen navigation tips on how to prepare for, traverse, and be successful in a master's program in dance. These navigation tips range from the social (getting outside of the dance department) to the practical (avoiding procrastination). I address the whole student including personal life, academic life, and professional life in seeking to ease the transition into graduate dance studies and navigate the next two to three years of school. The fourteen tips emerged from my personal experience and frequently asked questions.
Journal of Dance Education
Teaching Communal Dance Forms
This study aims to provide practical methods for teaching “world/urban” dance courses in higher education in the 21st century. We discuss problematic terminology in our courses and suggest a new term to better reference these dance forms. Eight methods are discussed for assisting teachers and expanding student perspectives in “world/urban” dance classrooms. The authors, Chang, MFA and Hogans, MFA, analyzed their experience teaching Hip Hop dance and West African dance forms at TWU to identify similarities between the forms in both content and pedagogy, as well as the ways in which the two differ from teaching traditional concert forms such as ballet and modern. Through this investigation, we seek to contribute to current dance conversations in higher education such as shifting perspectives on “world/urban” dance terminology, connecting Nyama McCarthy-Brown’s “Cross Cultural Classroom,” and applying the National Dance Education Organization’s “Dance 2050: The Vision of Dance in Higher Education.”
Articles and Blogs
Theatre and Dance Wellness Week
September 23, 2020
This year Wellness Week is being led and organized by Assistant Professor Azaria Hogans. She volunteered for the position after being inspired by last year’s Wellness Week and wanted to make sure the event was still a priority even with the transition to a COVID safe semester.
Here’s why North Texas dance artists are growing a podcast and presenting an international film festival
December 5, 2019
The group’s name is Knowbox, styled with “no” and “box” in capital letters to convey a spirit of experimentation.
Everywoman Celebration recognizes the talent of Denton women for Women’s History Month
March 27, 2018
"The show was far from over as a performance piece entitled “Chapters: The Process of Healing” brought social issues to the forefront of their dance. Choreographed by TWU graduate student and dance artist Azaria Rianne Hogans, the thoughtful dance used language and text to convey its message of race."