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Alanna Campbell

November Spotlight Student - Alanna Campbell

November 2, 2017

Alanna is a senior dance major graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dance with a concentration in Physical Therapy and a minor in Somatics in 2018. From a young age, she knew that dance, movement, and performance were going to be an integral part of her life and identity, beginning to take class when she was three.
Through college she has been a member of FreshDance and the Drexel Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Miriam Giguere. Alanna has had the opportunity to choreograph on the ensemble twice and participate in works by choreographers in the Philadelphia area such as: Marcie Mamura, Leah Stein, Jenn Rose, KC Chun-Manning, Lindsay Browning, Tania Isaac-Hyman, Jennifer Morley, Shannon Murphy, Miriam Giguere, and Evalina “Wally” Carbonell. For three years she was also a member of the Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble, under the leadership of Valerie Ifill, sharing her passion for dance in Philadelphia elementary schools. Currently, Alanna remains engaged with community based partnerships by teaching Creative Movement classes at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, encouraging young children to use imagination as an introduction to basic movement patterns and motor skills.
She completed her 450-hour Pilates certification from Drexel Pilates, studying under Jennifer Morley, in June 2016, where she currently teaches. With her extensive dance and Pilates backgrounds, as well as her deep interest in kinesiology and how the body rehabilitates itself, Alanna completed her Co-op at Good Shepherd Penn Partners as Occupational and Physical Therapy Aide where she was able to apply her knowledge as a gateway approach to group therapy sessions.
This past summer she was given the opportunity to work with Philadanco! as an apprentice with their second company, as well as participate in their professional Instruction and Training Program. Last month, Alanna performed in New York City at the 92nd Street Y representing Drexel University at Dancewave, as part of a duet, “Orenda,” choreographed by Nicole deRoux.
On the horizon Alanna will be presenting her choreographic work, “Delta,” at the American College Dance Association conference at Montclair State University in March. This work was originally created for the Drexel Dance Ensemble’s spring 2017 concert, “Breaking Grids,” inspired by the idea of change and her experience studying at Trinity Laban Music and Dance Conservatory in London during the summer of 2016. She will also be remounting the same work on the freshman for Freshdance’s upcoming spring concert in June 2018. Upon graduation, Alanna intends to pursue a professional dance career before attending graduate school to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, in hopes of helping other dancers recover from injury, while continuing to immerse herself in the dance community in Philadelphia, surrounding cities, and abroad.