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Dr. Janice Bibik  is currently the Program Director for the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Program at the University and she acts as the adviser for the dance minor.  She is both a physical educator and a dance educator with a B.S. in physical education from Ithaca College and an M.S. in physical education with an emphasis in modern dance from Indiana University.  At Indiana she received technical training in the Dunham, Graham and Hawkins techniques. After receiving her master's degree she taught dance and physical education at Southern Illinois University.  She also performed with and choreographed for the Southern Illinois Repertory Dance Company.  Dr. Bibik studied in the Teacher Training Program at the School of the Hartford Ballet where she received training in the Vaganova ballet technique, and Limon and Cunningham modern techniques. In addition to performing with the School's repertory group she was the tour chaperone for the children in The Nutcracker. She also served as the Administrator for the School after completing the program.  Dr. Bibik then left Hartford to pursue her Ph.D. at Syracuse University in teaching and curriculum with a minor in higher education administration. Upon completion of her degree she came to the University of Delaware in 1989.  The Delaware Repertory Dance Company was founded in 1990 by Dr. Bibik and a small group of students.  She has served in several leadership roles at the state and district levels and has made presentations at the state, district and national levels of the National Dance Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Joann Browning  is Professor of Theatre at the University of Delaware, currently serving as Associate Dean for the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Associate Director of Training and Head of Movement for UDs Professional Theatre Training Program and resident choreographer and movement coach for UDs Resident Ensemble Players. Trained as a dancer with her BFA and MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University, she danced professionally with the Kathryn Posin Dance Company in New York, James Sutton and Dancers, Repertory Dance Company of the Southwest, Milwaukee Dance Theatre, Dancers Unlimited, and Thunderclap Productions.  Theatrical choreographic credits include the Delaware Theatre Company, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Philadelphias Enchantment Theatre, and Baltimore Shakespeare Company.  Guest teaching artist residencies include Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, the Milwaukee Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, and several universities around the country.  She has conducted movement workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally in London, Japan, Thailand, Toronto, Montreal, as well as for The Voice Foundation of Philadelphia.  Professor Browning has served on the faculty of the Dance Division at SMU, and was formerly Head of Dance and Acting Associate Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has served as a theatre and dance adjudicator for the Maryland State Arts Council, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, and was appointed to the Delaware State Arts Council in the fall of 2008. 

Lizzie Fink  received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2010 from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Bergmann Choreography Award. Lizzie spent three consecutive summers in Spain attending the Estada International de Dansa intensive. Lizzie has been invited to choreograph and perform with InterTOUR Dansa and The Doniphan Project Company in Tupelo, MS and Washington, DC. She has performed most recently at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall for the 12th annual Awaken the Dancer Within Gala. Lizzie received her Pilates Mat Certificate in 2007. Her passion for fitness and health led her to opening two training facilities in Cecil County, Maryland. She currently co-owns the two personal training facilities that offer functional training and nutritional programs. Lizzie has taught at several universities and dance centers, performed in music videos for local DC artists, and has served as a judge for the intercollegiate Evolve Dance Competition. She currently teaches at Cecil Dancenter in North East, Maryland, Rage Box Dance Center in Forrest Hill, Maryland, and the Delaware Arts Conservatory in Bear, Delaware. Lizzie is thrilled to be faculty member at the University of Delaware and looks forward to sharing her passion for movement with students.

A.T. Moffett  is a dance artist, educator, and researcher based in Wilmington, DE.  She has taught at Winona State University, Saint Marys University and The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.  Collaborative interests have led to co-founding TRANSForm Dance Collective and ongoing creative projects and co-teaching with composer David Horton.  Her choreography has been seen in PA, NJ, CA, OR, and MN and her research Higher Order Thinking in the Dance Studio was published in the Journal of Dance Education. A.T. danced professionally in New York and Philadelphia, working with choreographers Myra Bazell, Tania Isaac, Stephan Koplowitz, Mary Anthony, Donald McKayle and the Sokolow Dance Foundation. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Radford University.

Dr. Lynnette Young Overby  is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, teacher, choreographer, researcher, performer, and professor. She currently serves as faculty director for undergraduate research and experiential learning and as professor of theatre and dance at the University of Delaware. During her career, she has served with in several leadership roles, including president of both the National Dance Association and the Michigan Dance Council, and vice president of dance for the District of Columbia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) Michigan AHPERD, and Eastern District AHPERD and on the Board of Directors for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and dance and the Child international. She is the author/coauthor of over 40 publications and eight books, has a record of over 100 major presentations and performances, and has choreographed over 80 works for both children and adults. Her contributions have earned her more than 30 state, district, and national awards and honors, including the 2000 NDA Scholar/Artist, the 2005 NDEO Leadership Award, and the 2009 Honor Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Jennifer Schmermund is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and writer living in Lewes, Delaware. She received a BA from Bucknell University and earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where she received the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for choreography. In 2006, she completed yoga training through Om Yoga and studied with J. Brown at Abhyasa Yoga Center, where she participated in teacher training in 2008. Her current movement life involves teaching dance and yoga, designing and facilitating workshops, developing dance-based curricula for children and writing about movement. Jennifer serves as an arts educator and choreographer with Clear Space Theater Company. She also teaches yoga at Dimitra Yoga and dance at the Delaware Stage School. A former professional copywriter with The Sawtooth Group, she freelances for folks looking for the right turn of phrase. During her decade-long stint in NYC, she was on faculty at Bucknell University, Marymount School of NY, Cora School for Dance and GREEN SPACE. In 2004, she co-founded the dance company FRESH BLOOD and has been presenting work ever since. Recently, she was a guest artist at Salisbury University and choreographed for the feature film, The History of Future Folk. In 2011, she devised and directed her site-specific dance film, Wild ____ Yonder. Performance credits include the work of Sara Hook, Shannon Hummel, Kimberly Young, Kelly Knox, KC Chun-Manning, Valerie Green and playwright Ed Valentine. This fall, she looks forward to teaching dance and offering choreography workshops at Delaware Technical Community College.

Kimberly Schroeder  holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Vocal Music Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kimberly serves as the Head of the University of Delaware Dance Minor faculty, production manager for the annual dance minor concert, as well as master teacher, choreographer and performer in a variety of venues. She teaches classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, pilates, improvisation, composition, pedagogy and has had the privilege of studying with numerous guest artists in several dance techniques including African, Fosse, Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Limon, and Horton. Kimberly has been the choreographer of over 40 musical theatre, non-musical theatre productions and concert works including Fiddler on the Roof, A Year with Frog and Toad, Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Music Man. She has worked in regional and national theatre, including national tours with the Missoula Childrens Theatre and international performances in Jamaica, Ireland, and Canada. She is a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, American Fitness Professionals & Associates. In addition to numerous concert dance works presented at the University of Delaware, her recent endeavors include performances with the Annapolis, Milwaukee, Richmond, Charlotte, Lincoln, Harrisburg, Kennett, Illinois, Saint Louis, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras. This coming season, Kimberly will be performing with the Delaware Theatre Company, Texarkana, Kansas City and Victoria (British Columbia) Symphony Orchestras.

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