PHILOSOPHY

 

I believe that the study of dance goes beyond the meeting of the mind and the body. Dance sees the meeting of the body, mind, and soul and involves an education of the whole person. Pursuing mastery in movement disciplines gives insight into the unlimited capabilities of the human body, as well as the skills needed to articulate descriptions of physical, emotional, and spiritual phenomena that occur in creative work.  Dance in general has a long-standing tradition of embracing inclusive ideologies and a tolerance of experimental or alternative lifestyles, as represented by figures in its history, who have challenged the boundaries of gender, sexuality, class, and race. In this way, my pedagogical approach fits with ideals associated with a pluralistic orientation and the pursuit of social justice. It is from this seed that my dance curriculum grows, not only as a creative physical outlet or performance art, but as a endeavor that reflects students’ understanding of our collective experiences in the world, and inspires them to become agents for democratic change in our society.

 

FORMER STUDENTS

  • Dance professionally for internationally renowned companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ailey II, The Big Muddy, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
  • Perform on Broadway and with Chicagoland theater companies
  • Secure performance contracts with Chicago-based dance companies including Concert Dance/CDI Inc., Aerial Dance Chicago, and Hedwig Dances
  • Train at prestigious professional training programs and intensives including the Batsheva Gaga Intensive Summer Course, Alvin Ailey Dance School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and others
  • Have been awarded awards and residencies including Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award for choreography and the Links Hall series
  • Secure internships with prestigious Chicago dance organizations including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet, and Danceworks Chicago
  • Earn advanced degree programs in Performance/Choreography, Dance Therapy, and Dance Education

 

SELECTED CURRICULUM VITAE

 

GRANT AWARDS AND HONORS

2017     Public Greenhouse OpEd Project Fellow

2016     Received the Langerbeck Faculty Mentor award for excellence in mentoring undergraduates in research

2013     Received $10,000 award from Loyola University Chicago Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching for     

              dance film, Gather Up the Fragments in collaboration with School of Communications and the Loyola              

              University Museum of Art

              Finalist for Maroon and Gold Society Faculty Member of the Year Award, Loyola University Chicago

2012      Nominated for The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

2007      Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society

1997       Recipient of the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

1994       Recipient of the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 

March 13th, 2017: Disability as Spectacle Conference - "All: The Dance Film - Artistic Process as Intervention" by Amy Wilkinson, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Laura Prieto, Sarah C. Prinz, and Daniel Rosenberg

May 21st, 2016: Intersection Conference - "Building a Dance Citizenry through Interdisciplinary Partnerships" by Amy Wilkinson

March 15th, 2016: American College Dance Association Conference - "Building a Dance Citizenry through Interdisciplinary Partnerships" by Amy Wilkinson and Sarah Cullen Fuller.

March 20th, 2013: American College Dance Festival – “Moving Colors: Racial identity and dance in America” by Amy Wilkinson and Hayley Bullock. 

March 5th, 2008: Loyola University Chicago Research Symposium Paper presentation – “Academic achievement: A conceptual model for the effects of capital acquisition” by Amy Wilkinson and Mark Engberg.

February 23, 2008: Calling For Justice Conference - Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student Respondent - “Giving the gift of safety and love” by Anthony McCrovitz.

 

EDUCATIONAL POSTS

Loyola University Chicago, 2006-Present

Advanced Lecturer

Designing and teaching ballet, jazz, dance composition, dance pedagogy, undergraduate research in dance, and dance kinesiology curriculum to facilitate students’ artistic growth with a commitment to learning outcomes relating to kinesthetic/psychomotor skills, and the development of a dance aesthetic.

Executive Director of IN/Motion: Chicago's Dance Film Festival

Founding Executive Director of dance film festival with a mission to celebrate dance performance within digital media platforms by encouraging artists to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and fostering the innovation in the presentation of movement-based artworks. 

Consultant to University of Chicago             

Successfully presented Schlossberg’s transition theory of student development to academic advising unit and facilitated small group discussions on how to connect  theory to practice in student affairs.

 

After School Matters, 2003-2014

Artistic Director for the After School Matters Dance Ensemble

Auditioned, hired, and trained 30 youth apprentices per program; created learning environments that fostered creative play and encouraged cross disciplinary collaborations; helped apprentices create professional development portfolios; coordinated cultural and community outreach opportunities including master classes and performances/exchanges at numerous performance venues

Selected to create four original works involving 600 students for citywide arts benefits performed at the Chicago Theater, Soldier Field, The Pritzker Pavilion, U.S. Cellular Field, and O’Hare International Airport.

 

MacCormac College, 2002-2006

Adjunct Faculty

Designed and taught curriculum for English as a Second Language, speech communication, sociology, and ethics classes to facilitate learning through discovery, exploration, discussion, and relationships in students’ everyday surroundings; developed individualized programs of study based on assessment tools to enhance academic growth; monitored student programs for quality and consistency.

Successfully recruited students for college’s first and only student organization; scheduled and led cultural and social events; coordinated community outreach and volunteer activities.

Facilitated review of college policies regarding admissions and placement, curriculum development, student services, assessment, learning outcomes, and course syllabi.

 

Thodos Dance Chicago, 1999-2002

Educational Outreach Coordinator

Wrote, directed, produced two high quality original kids’ shows, Dance – Ideas in Motion, and Time, Space, Force – The Science of Dance performed in numerous Chicago Public Schools for thousands of school children.

Served as company liaison for Urban Gateways educational performance outreach program, received Vittum Theater grant for educational residency and performance in two Chicago Public Schools. 

Taught all levels ballet, pointe, jazz, composition, and modern for numerous private studios, workshops, and conferences including the Illinois State Dance Day Festival. 

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

Concert Dance Inc., 2000-Present

Performing Artist and Choreographer

Lead role as Potiphar’s Wife in PBS Emmy nominated broadcast performance of Ruth Page’s classic Ballet, Billy Sunday, performed for opening night of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2008 season; featured performer and master teacher at Nanjing Normal University, China 2010, featured performer at New Prague International Dance Festival 2006; National touring to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas; featured performer in Ravinia of Highland Park’s dance series, 2004-2012.

Original work 42nd Parallel presented 2013 at Ravinia Festival. Three original works Songs from my Childhood, The Burning Ones, SlipKnot staged for Schumann, Images of Ruth Page, and Rising Stars concert series - Ravinia 2003-2006.

 

Luna Negra Dance Theatre, 2004-2005

Performing Artist

Performed works by Eduardo Vilaro, Gustavo Ramirez Sansamo, Nancy Turano, and Vincente Nebrada; lead role in Angelitos Negros by Eduardo Vilaro; featured performer in Dance Internacional Festival in Mexico.

 

Thodos Dance Chicago, 1999-2002

Performing Artist and Choreographer

Performed works by Randy Duncan, Paul Christiano, Sam Watson, Harrison McEldowney, Lauri Stallings, and Melissa Thodos; featured performer in Chicago’s Dance for Life AIDS benefits, and Dance Chicago, 1999-2002; featured performer in Turkish Festival for Music and Dance 2001, and national tours.

Set five original works Girl from Ipanema, Hush, My Life Closed Twice, SlipKnot, and Dr. Turvey’s Dream for New Dances concert series, three pieces taken into company’s permanent repertory.

 

Same Planet Different World, 2000-2002

Performing Artist

Performed works by Ron De Jesus and Jason Ohlberg, featured in Dance Chicago.

 

Independent Choreographer

Mandala Dance Company: Taught company class and presented original choreography Focus and Bolero, by Paola Soressa and Amy Wilkinson, 2016-2017

American College Dance Festival: Taught intermediate ballet class and presented original choreography The Seekers and Gather up the Fragments, provided feedback for informal concert series, 2014 and 2015.

Loyola University Chicago: Staged choreographic installation for Loyola University Museum of Art’s Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds exhibit, 2007 and 2015.

After School Matters: Received Dance Chicago 2007, 2009, 2010 “Best in Show” honors for original work staged for After School Matters Dance Ensemble; accepted into Citywide Showcase 2007-2009; created multiple yearly works for Gallery 37 Repertory Dance Ensemble’s touring performance, 2003-2010.

University of Central Arkansas: Created and staged original work which received superior rating for collegiate dance team, 2009.

DePaul University Chicago – DePaul Opera Theatre: Choreographed Hansel and Gretel, Dido and AeneasThe Cunning Little Vixen, and Iolanthe for Music    Department, 2008-2012.

Northeastern Illinois University: Created and staged original work Bon Mot for Northeastern Illinois University’s annual student performance, 2006.

Inaside Dance Company: Created original work Les Petites Riens for company, performed at Dance Chicago and in repertory concerts, 2005.

Impetus Dance Theater: Created two original works Beautiful Girls and Lemonade for company, performed in repertory concert, 2004.

Instruments of Movement: Created original work The Wall for company, performed at Dance Chicago and in repertory concerts, 2004.