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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Julie Kerr-Berry, Director of Dance; Daniel Stark, Dance Faculty

Julie Kerr-Berry, PA 210
Director of Dance


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Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry is a Professor and Dance Program Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her teaching practice, creative and scholarship research are centered in social justice through the lens of Critical Feminist Pedagogy. Julie was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dance Education for its first decade. She received the National Dance Education Organization's Outstanding Leadership Award (2010) and their Top Paper Citation (2012). She has published numerous scholarly articles and is currently working on two book chapters. The American College Dance Association (ACDA) has recognized her creative research. War Story (2014) was selected for the Gala Concert and also received ACDA's distinction as 2nd Alternate for the National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. On the international front, Julie was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and, a short time ago, part of a university faculty delegation that investigated international education options for her students in Australia and New Zealand. She is a devoted practitioner of Vinyasa yoga—keeping her "movement life" alive. Julie earned her EdD and MEd in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Daniel Stark, PA 212
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Daniel Stark is a choreographer and educator. His choreography was featured in "Earth: Healing the Rift," a performance in Kenya involving collaborations between visual and performing artists from Africa, Russia, Italy, India, Greece, New Zealand, U.K. and the U.S. He has also set dances on the Beijing Dance Academy, Quad Cities Ballet, Aha! Dance Theatre, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Same Planet Different World Dance, 940 Dance Company and Zenon Dance Company. His choreography has been selected for the Kennedy Center performance of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) three times (Diplomacy, 2004; Politics Religion Sex, 2010; and Crash, 2012).

As a dancer, Daniel performed works by Alfonso Cata, Beth Corning, David Dorfman, Louis Falco, Francoise Martinet, Lonne Moretton, Charles Moulton, David Parsons and Shapiro & Smith. As an instructor he has taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, Zenon in Minneapolis and at the University of Iowa for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He was the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship in 2002. Daniel holds a B.S. in Psychology and and MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, and currently is an Associate Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Find him at


Allison Doughty

Allison Doughty, Dance adjunct

Allison Doughty Marquesen, Adjunct


Allison is a proud Twin Cities native. A diverse performer, Allison’s stage experience ranges from principal ballet roles to dancing alongside comic Louie Anderson in musical theater review. After spending years training and performing in New York City and Chicago, she returned to Minneapolis to continue her performing career, and earn her BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Locally, Allison was a founding member and principal dancer of the Saint Paul City Ballet Company from 2007-14, and served as Interim Artistic Director in 2012/13. She has also been a soloist with Eclectic Edge Ensemble, a Minneapolis-based jazz company, since 2006. 

As a dance educator, Allison is blessed to have taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally. In 2010, she spent 8 months working with the Chiang Mai Ballet, and was honored by the U.S. Consulate in Thailand for her choreographic work. In addition to being adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato since January 2014, she also currently teaches in the Twin Cities.

In 2013, Allison completed an MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. She balances her time spent in the dance studio with her work as a holistic nutrition and health coach, and has a passion for working with dancers and other inspired movers to create balance and wellness through whole foods and other holistic modalities. She will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet classes.