Hawley and Hamp to present dance performance lecture Feb. 16

Feb. 9, 2010

Jane Hawley, Luther College associate professor of dance, and Amanda Hamp, Luther assistant professor of dance, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall.

Hawley and Hamp’s performance lecture, “Movement Fundamentals: Freeing Conceptions of Dance and Dance Training,” is part of the 2009-10 Luther Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Series.

The duet performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Movement Fundamentals curriculum of the Luther theatre/dance department is breaking open traditional notions of the dancer and of dance training. The duet performance will introduce the curriculum and demonstrate how it works toward agency, artistry and inclusivity in dance and dance training, advocating the body as an intelligent source for expression and design. 

Hawley began teaching at Luther in the fall of 1999. She is interested in renovating dance training and dance making.

Hawley designed the Movement Fundamentals curriculum implemented into the Luther theatre/dance department in 2001. She has presented the curriculum at the National Dance Educators Organization Conference in 2002, Motus Humanus-Laban Institute of Movement Analysis Conference in 2006, and The International Association for Dance, Medicine and Science Conference in 2009. 

Dance Magazine recently featured Hawley and the Luther dance program in the 2009 May issue of Lifetime Learners, a supplement to Dance Magazine and DanceTeacher.

Hamp joined the Luther faculty in 2006, where she is engaged in facilitating and developing the Movement Fundamentals curriculum and dance program, and in teaching Paideia first-year and Capstone courses.  Her teaching, research and artistic work are centered on non-dualistic understandings of embodiment and on whole-self practices, including Open Source Forms. She is furthering her creative and performance work with various performance groups and individual artists around the country.