Elizabeth Ahearn

Professor of Dance, Founding Director of The Pilates Center at Goucher College (1990)

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Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn, dancer, choreographer, Pilates instructor, and educator is former Chair of the Dance Department at Goucher College and on the faculty of Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She also maintains her Advanced Professional Certificate in Education from the Maryland State Department of Education. Originally from Oklahoma, her early dance training was with Yvonne Chouteau, Joy Feldman, Conrad Ludlow, Bojan Spassoff, and Stephanie Wolf. Continuing her studies in New York with Bettijane Sills, Rachel List, June Finch, Valmai Stretton, Gus Solomons Jr., Linda Tarnay, and Rosanna Seravalli, she earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Ahearn has performed with the METROPOLITAN BALLET COMPANY under the direction of Conrad Ludlow and Joy Feldman, BALLET OKLAHOMA under the direction of Edward Villella and Bojan Spassoff, The SECOND AVENUE DANCE COMPANY in New York City, KINETICS DANCE THEATRE, SURGE DANCE COMPANY OF BALTIMORE, and ORDINARY/EXTRAORDINARY DANCE THEATRE. Her repertory has included experimental, contemporary, historical, and classical works by Agnes de Mille, June Finch, Robert Gladstein, Eleanor King, Daniel Levans, Conrad Ludlow, Doris Humphrey, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Jan Van Dyke, Mel Wong, and Arnie Zane and her own work has been presented internationally.

In 1995, she completed her Pilates teacher certification in Authentic Pilates under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia-Santo. Having published an article in the World Book Encyclopedia, her most recent article "The Pilates Method and Ballet Technique-Applications in the Dance Studio" was published in the Journal of Dance Education and is an extension of her work as Founding Director of the Pilates Center at Goucher College. She has also served as Project Curator for the Eleanor King Centennial Concert, staged and directed by Mino Nicolas, and performed several of King's signature solos. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Ahearn was an assistant professor at the University of Washington. She has served on the board of directors of the American College Dance Festival Association, acting as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the organization. Ahearn now serves on the Executive Committee of the organization as the Vice-President for Regional Planning.