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James "Rick" Southerland

Assistant Professor in Dance (2010)

Lilian Welsh Hall 160


B.F.A., East Carolina University; M.A., American University; M.F.A., Hollins University


Rick Southerland is a dance artist, advocate, teacher, and administrator. Currently he is an assistant professor of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and for the past two years he has taught online dance appreciation for East Carolina University.  Rick sits on the Board of Directors for the National Dance Education Organization. He was the arts education director for Sierra Arts in Reno, NV where he trained teaching artists of all disciplines for residencies in the public schools and worked with the Washoe County School District to redesign seven underserved schools through professional development for teachers in arts integration under a $1,000,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Rick has taught PreK-12 dance in public and private schools in North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Nevada. He has served as a guest artist at Towson University, Kennesaw State University, and Pfieffer University, served on dance faculty for the Governor's School of NC and has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno. His work has been presented at the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, and at Performatica in Mexico. Rick received his M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University, M.A. in Performing Arts from American University, graduate teachers licensure through ECU's Project ACT/NC Teach, and B.F.A. in Dance from East Carolina University. Awards include Outstanding High School Dance Director from the Nokia Sugar Bowl, academic merit and fellowship at American University, and was a recipient of Wolf Trap's Katherine Filene Schouse Scholarship for Teachers of the Performing Arts.

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