Amanda Thom Woodson
Chair, Dance Department Professor of Dance
Van Meter G25
M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 1989
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Dance, with Particular Expertise in Dance Notation, Pedagogy, Performance, and Choreography; Labanotation Teacher's Certification; Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certification 9-12
Sustained a strong commitment to notation even after moving to the Associate Dean's Office; directs the Doris Humphrey Foundation for Dance at Goucher College; reconstructed Doris Humphrey's Air, which was subsequently performed on the main stage; supervised a senior thesis of a reconstruction of Valse Caprice, which performed on the main stage; traveled to West Africa, India, Brazil, and Scotland with students on Intensive Courses Abroad (ICA).
Amanda Thom Woodson received her M.F.A. in directing and performance from The Ohio State University and is a professor of dance and former chair of the Dance Department at Goucher College. Thom Woodson is Chair of the Dance Department and former Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies for Goucher College. She has an extensive performing and choreographic career, both nationally and internationally. She has performed throughout Great Britain with her dance company Zip, and locally with companies such as Surge Dance Company, Kinetics Dance Theater, and The Moving Company. During her performing career she worked with Sophie Maslow in Maslow's work Folksay and most recently performed Maslow's female solo in Dust Bowl Ballads.
Thom Woodson's work has been presented in London and at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, as well as throughout the United States. She was the recipient of the London Choreographic Award, presented by the Arts Council of Great Britain, and she has received numerous Goucher faculty research awards for her choreographic and dance reconstruction works. She also has been recognized as a choreographer through the Maryland Arts Council. Her choreographic work received national recognition with various performances throughout the United States.
Thom Woodson is a certified dance teacher in Maryland and holds the advanced professional certificate. She is the founding chair of dance at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a magnet high school. She serves as a consultant for dance education and has developed specialized dance curriculum for Baltimore City and County schools, as well as college programs. She is also a certified teacher of labanotation and has served as a checker of works by Doris Humphrey for the Dance Notation Bureau. In addition, she is the director of the Doris Humphrey Foundation for Dance at Goucher College and oversees the administrative rights to more than 20 Humphrey works.