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Karen Schupp

Asc Dir (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography: 

Karen Schupp, MFA, is the associate director of the Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University where she is also an associate professor of dance. Her research interests include dance competition culture, dance curriculum and pedagogy in tertiary education, and equity across the spectrum of dance education. Her books include Studying Dance (author), Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship (editor), and Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education (co-editor with Doug Risner), which won both the Susan W. Stinson Book Award and NDEO’s Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award in 2021. Professor Schupp is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dance Education. For more information, please visit http://www.karenschupp.org

Education: 
  • M.F.A. Dance, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Dance Performance and Dance Education (Summa Cum Laude), State University of New York, Buffalo
Research Interests: 

Key words: creative practice; dance pedagogy; creative leadership; interdisciplinary collaboration; dance competition culture   I devise and investigate methodologies as a researcher, creative artist, and educator that situate the study of dance as integral to a comprehensive education and at the forefront of transdisciplinary research. Dance abstractly expresses ideas and inherently values the union of kinesthetic, intellectual, and emotional intelligences, thus serving diverse functions in societies. The integration of dance into liberal arts education provides opportunities to holistically educate students as creative, embodied, empathetic, and self-aware individuals. As a researcher, I examine innovative pedagogical practices and curricula with special attention paid to the connections and disconnections between postsecondary dance education and private-sector, dance competition studio communities. As a creative artist, I employ live and mediated performance to push the boundaries of dance in multiple contexts. As a dance educator, I believe that postsecondary dance education should allow for multiple career and learning outcomes within a collective educational experience; that dance should be studied in a way that highlights its comprehensive existence; that students should learn to critically think, reflect on experiences, and enhance other life skills through creatively engaging with dance; and that a complete dance education is one in which students develop abilities for successfully entering and changing the larger field of dance. These tenets guide all of my creative and scholarly research, teaching, and service.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 554Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 205How Dance Matters
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 170First-Year Seminar I
DCE 484Internship
DCE 494Special Topics
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 554Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3313rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 571Graduate First-Yr Seminar II
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 170First-Year Seminar I
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 554Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 234Postmodern Contemporary II
DCE 3313rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 534Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 634Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project