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Dayna DeFilippis

Academic Advisor, University of Northern Colorado


     Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Choreography 

     The University of Arizona 2013

     Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Business Administration 

     The University of Iowa 2003

Additional Training 

     Peff Pointe Plus - Teacher Training and Ballet Pedagogy under Madame Peff Modelski, Chicago, IL. 2007-09, 12

     Summer Workshop/Intensive, Common Thread Dance Company, Artistic Dir Jennifer Medina, St Louis, MO. 

Academic and Education Positions 


Academic Advisor/ Adjunct Professor

University of Northern Colorado


Lecturer/ Academic Advisor

        Northern Kentucky University

  2018 - 2021:

                Professor of Dance & Human Movement 

                     Truckee Meadows Community College

     2018 summer:

                Musical Theatre  Dance & Acting Faculty 

                      Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp


                Dance Educator, North Carolina Gets in Action, Pittsboro Elementary School Residency 


                Dance Educator, City Ballet

                Dance Educator, Cary Ballet Conservatory 

                Dance Educator, Barriskill Dance Theatre School 

     2013 - 2016:

                Director of Dance/Senior Lecturer, Dept of Music and Performing Arts

                     The University of Nebraska, Kearney 

     2013 - 2016:

                Dance Director, Nebraskats Show Choir, Dept of Music

                     The University of Nebraska, Kearney

     2011 - 2013:

                Graduate Teaching Assistant 

                     The University of Arizona, School of Dance

     2004 - 2011:

                Artistic Director/Choreographer

                     Sixth Position Dance Works

     2004 - 2008:

                Artistic Director/Choreographer

                      Batavia High School, Orchesis

Musical Theatre Choreography

             "That's Entertainment a Cabaret" - Truckee Meadows Community College

              "The Wedding Singer" - TMCC

              "Creation of the World and Other Business" - The University of Nebraska, Kearney 

              "The Wizard of Oz" - Crane River Theatre Company

               "Oklahoma" - Crane River Theatre Company

               "Celebrate Broadway" - Crane River Theatre Company

               "Annie" - Lexington High School, Nebraska 

               "Die Fledermaus" - The University of Nebraska, Kearney

               "Oklahoma!" - Lexington High School, Nebraska

               "Shrek the Musical" - Crane River Theatre Company

               "Footloose the Musical" - Crane River Theatre Company

Concert Dance Choreography

 "Form Follows Movement" - University of Northern Colorado

 "Dance Macabre" - University of Northern Colorado

             "Solitary But Not Alone" - Truckee Meadows Community College 

             "What's in a Name" - Truckee Meadows Community College                

              "Synergy" - The University of Nebraska, Kearney 

               "In the Wake of Opportunity" - Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. 

               "(Dis) Connected" - The University of Nebraska, Kearney

               "Art IN Motion" - The Museum of Nebraska Art

               "It's Essential: Tradition Re-Envisioned" - The University of Nebraska, Kearney 

               "Between Shadows (Before the Dawn)" - The University of Arizona

               "The Nexus" - The University of Arizona

               "Turning Red, Magic.Hunt.Moon" - The University of Arizona

               "Taken to Flight" - The University of Arizona

               "Sanctuary" - Sixth Position Dance Works

               "Joint Flux" - Sixth Position Dance Works

               "Charmed" - Sixth Position Dance Works

               "A Clear View" - Sixth Position Dance Works 

Scholarly Research and Conferences

  National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

- 2024 Region 10 Annual Conference Attendee - UNC College of Performing & Visual Arts Representative

            Dance Biometrics Research Lab- co-investigator

                   - 2020/2021 TMCC and NASA Community of Practice Scholarship Funded

           National Dance Education Organization - Annual National Conference

                     - 2016 Panel Discussion Presentation - "Hey Girl: Guiding More Women into Leadership Roles in                                             Higher Education" 

                     - 2016 Paper Presentation - "Dance Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum: Growing a Dance Minor Program                                       through Collaboration and Community"

                  - 2015 Lead Presenter for Panel Discussion - "Investigating American Contemporary Dance: Practice,                                    Pedagogy and History"  

                     -2014 Panel Discussion Presentation - "The Collaborative Process: Educating Students to Bridge                                              Healthy Relationships"

              American College Dance Association

                     -2020 Workshop Presentations - "3 5 7 9 a Modern Dance Class", "Dance Break a Musical Theatre Class" at                                 Scottsdale Community College 

                    - 2019 Workshop Presentations - "Fall and Recover Modern Dance", "You Can't Stop the Beat MT Dance" at                                San Jose State University 

                     - 2016 Workshop Presentations - "Fall and Recover", "Modern Technique and Dance Break", "Musical                                           Theatre Dance" at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

                     -2015 Workshop Presentations - "The Art of the Spiral", "Fall and Recover" at Iowa State University

              Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Reg V

                     -2016 Workshop Presentations - "Musical Theatre Dance and Jazz it Up", "Intermediate Jazz Tech"

                     -2015 Workshop Presentations - "Feel the Beat: Dance for Musical Theatre", "Dance Tech for Every                                       Mover"





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