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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Julie Kerr-Berry

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Julie Kerr-Berry

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Director of Dance


Julie Kerr-Berry is Professor and Dance Program Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her primary teaching responsibilities include: dance technique, dance history, world dance, feminist theory and Laban-based dance pedagogy. Julie is co-artistic director of the University Repertory Dance Theatre and is the Coordinator of the K-12 Dance Education license program. She is also active in the Minneapolis-St. Paul dance community where she is often asked to lecture and teach master classes at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and the Perpich Center for Arts Education, as well as in a variety of private studios settings throughout Minnesota. She has performed work in the Twin Cities by local choreographers and performs as a guest with at the Holm/Wigman-based Nancy Hauser Company and School.

At the national level, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) and Regional Director for the North Central region of ACDFA. As a founding member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), she is Co-Editor-in-Chief of its official journal, the Journal of Dance Education. Her writing focuses on critical pedagogy in dance education and its relationship to the other arts, humanities and social sciences. She has presented her research at such conferences as NDEO and the National Association for Africa American Studies. In 1990 she received a Fulbright Scholar to study dance in Indonesia, which took her to Bali and Java. Julie earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in dance from Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2008 she was honored with two awards for her work on diversity at the Minnesota State Mankato. The first was the Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney International Center Global Citizen Award, and, the second, an Institutional Diversity Award of Recognition.

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