CENTERED in DANCE
Jennifer Coffey - is a third-year dance education major at the University of South Carolina. Her love of dance began with her 7 years of performing with the Orangeburg Civic Ballet in which she earned the title of principal dancer. She has served as secretary and vice president of the National Dance Education Organization student chapter at USC. For two semesters she has taught in the After School Arts program at Brockman Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina. Currently, her research with Dr. Mila Parrish focuses on developing curricula centered on compassion and implementing it in an intergenerational classroom with senior citizens and elementary age students.
Amanda Nelson - is a senior dance major at the University of South Carolina. She has performed with the Robert Ivey Ballet Company for over seven years, participated in numerous Spoleto performances, danced at the Charleston Dance Center, taught at the SMAART program for two consecutive years and was taught by Mara Meier, the first Israeli ballerina. She currently is an instructor at Music Makers of the Midlands and as a liturgical dance instructor. Nelson is on the Deans List/Presidents List and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Dr. Mila Parrish - is an Associate Professor, Director of Dance Education at USC
Mila is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in dance pedagogy, educational technology and interdisciplinary instruction. At USC, Dr. Parrish has established instructional initiatives including, Dancers Connect a free community dance program for area high school students, iDance SC a standards-based curriculum delivery system of dance instruction using videoconferenced technologies, reconstruction initiatives and community service programs. She is a leader in the dance education offering professional development courses, seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.