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Miriam Giguere
Miriam Giguere
Associate Professor
Department Head, Performing Arts

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MacAlister Hall, 3016

Dr. Giguere directed the dance program at Drexel University from 1992-2015, before becoming Department Head for Performing Arts in 2015. She teaches academic dance classes in 20th Century Dance History, Dance Pedagogy and Dance Criticism and Aesthetics, alongside studio courses in modern dance. Also in this capacity, she directs the Drexel University Dance Ensemble, a 55 dancer company, and FreshDance, a freshmen only company of 35 dancers, both of which perform two professional caliber dance concerts each year at the Mandell Theater.

Dr. Giguere graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania earning both a BA in psychology and an MS in education in four years. She earned her PhD in dance from Temple University, where she was awarded the Emerging Doctoral Scholar award. Her dissertation was recognized nationally by the American Educational Research Association with their 2009 National Dissertation Award for Arts and Learning. Her research has been published in Research in Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Dance Education, Arts & Learning Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Selected Dance Research Volume 6, and Public Scholarship in Dance. Dr. Giguere was the keynote speaker for Dance Education Conference 2010, Singapore, an invited presenter at the Dance and the Child International conferences in Taiwan in 2012, and in Copenhagen in 2015. She is an associate editor of the journal Dance Education in Practice where she writes a regular column entitled “Dance Trends”. Dr. Giguere is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Research and the author of the textbook Beginning Modern Dance, published in 2013 through Human Kinetics.

Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Giguere performed and toured nationally and internationally with professional modern dance companies Ann Vachon / Dance Conduit, South Street Dance Company, Body Language Dance Company, and Terry Beck Troupe. Dr. Giguere was a soloist with Terry Beck Troupe when the company was awarded the prestigious Scottish National Critics Award at the Edinburgh Festival. While with South Street Dance Company, Dr. Giguere directed that company’s lecture demonstration program for school students before becoming assistant director. Dr. Giguere served as artistic director of Body Language Dance Company for five years.

Dr. Giguere is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship recipient and frequent Artist in Residence for Philadelphia and surrounding area public schools. She has taught and directed dozens of school residency projects in public schools for regular education and special education students. Her residency projects have connected dance to curriculum in language arts, social studies, music, physical education and the visual arts. She is an experienced presenter on subjects relating to integration of the arts into academic curricula. Dr. Giguere has presented at regional conferences of the American Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, and at national conferences for the National Dance Education Organization, American Educational Research Association, the American Creativity Association and the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association and at international conferences for Dance and the Child International. She is currently serving on the board of the National Dance Education Organization.

BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Education, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Dance, Temple University