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Karen Schupp

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Assoc Professor, Assistant Director
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Assistant Director of Dance, Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography

Karen Schupp, MFA is Assistant Director of Dance and Associate Professor in the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University and the author of Studying Dance: A Guide to Campus and Beyond. Her scholarly research addresses innovative pedagogical practices and curricula in postsecondary dance education and dance competition culture. Her scholarship has been published in numerous national and international journals. Schupp’s artistic practice centers on interdisciplinary self-portraiture and has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Herberger Institute. Current projects include a webseries, In It to Win!, that explores dance competition culture (http://www.youtube.com/c/MissKarenWins) and co-editing with Dr. Doug Risner the forthcoming volume Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimensions of Humanizing Dance Pedagogy. Schupp is also the Associate Editor 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 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
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 134Postmodern Contemporary I
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 534Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 634Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 234Postmodern Contemporary II
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 534Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 634Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 135Contemporary Ballet I
DCE 171First-Year Seminar II
DCE 3313rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 160First-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 334Postmodern Contemporary III
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 534Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554Graduate Dance Pedagogy
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 634Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 135Contemporary Ballet I
DCE 171First-Year Seminar II
DCE 3313rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 130First-Year Movement Pract I
DCE 134Postmodern Contemporary I
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 554Graduate Dance Pedagogy
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 171First-Year Seminar II
DCE 235Contemporary Ballet II
DCE 3313rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 335Contemporary Ballet III
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 535Contemporary Ballet
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
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