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Miriam Giguere

Miriam Giguere Spotlight Sept

September 1, 2018

Dr. Giguere has been directing the Drexel Dance Ensemble since 1990 and has been directing the FreshDance company since its inception in the fall of 2010. In addition to her role as ensemble director, she is the founder of the dance major at Drexel, and the author of the textbook Beginning Modern Dance, which is used in the Modern Dance Technique level 1 classes at Drexel, as well as in similar classes at universities across the country. She was promoted this month to full professor.

Dr. Giguere’s research focuses on cognition and social interaction during the creative process in dance. In addition to publishing numerous articles in academic journals (Research in Dance Education, Journal of Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, etc. ) about this topic, she is the Associate Editor of the journal Dance Education in Practice, where she publishes a column, entitled Dance Trends, summarizing the issues discussed nationally through online forums of dance educators across the US.

Her most recent project synthesizes her interest in creating dance performances and in researching the embodied creative process in dance. She is the Project Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Dance, a six-hour exhibit of live dance at the Barnes Museum this coming October 6, 2018. In collaboration with French choreographer Boris Charmatz, the project explores the intersection of public and private lives by looking at how people assemble together to express themselves and their views physically and experiment with the intersection between performance and exhibition. The project website can be viewed here: