Elizabeth Ahearn


Elizabeth Ahearn is a Professor of Dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland where she serves as the Dance Coordinator for the Center for Dance, Music and Theatre.  A dancer, choreographer, Pilates instructor, and educator, 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.  She serves on the Executive Committee of ACDA as Vice President for Policies and Procedures and has served as Chair of the Dance Department at Goucher and on the faculties of the University of Washington and Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Originally from Oklahoma, her early dance training was with Yvonne Chouteau, Joy Feldman, Conrad Ludlow, Bojan Spassoff, and Stephanie Wolf and continued her studies in New York with Bettijane Sills, Rachel List, June Finch, Valmai Stretton, Gus Solomons Jr., Linda Tarnay, and Rosanna Seravalli.  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 nationally and internationally.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Ongoing creative work for the Goucher Repertory Dance Company, Inertia Dance Company, colleges, and universities.

“The Effects of Pilates on Pelvic Alignment in Dancers Ages 17-25.”

“Balanchine’s Balustrade: Impressions of a Forgotten Ballet.”


Voices of Classical Pilates. Editors: Peter Fiasca, Amy Bergensen, and Suzanne Diffine. Contributed chapter entitled “Pilates: Its Place in Education.” ISBN: 978-0-615-67238-0

“Introduction to the Pilates Mat.” (DVD) Online resource for teachers through Safari Montage.

“The Pilates Method and Ballet Technique – Applications in the Dance Studio.” Journal of Dance Education, Volume 6, Number 3. September 2006.

Magnet School Curriculum, Baltimore County Public Schools.

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.” World Book Encyclopedia. Article for the CD-ROM and Online editions.

Exhibits or Performances

 Recent choreographic work:

The Order Within. Music: Joby Talbot and Kevin Keller. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Richter Recomposed. Music: Max Richter. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Bohemia Rag. Music: Joseph Lamb. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

El Duende de Andalusia. Music: Rodrigo y Gabriela. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Emergent. Music: Steve Reich. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Dvorak Dances. Music: Antonio Dvorak. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Triptych.  Music: Isaure Equilbey, Paulin Bundgen, Max Richter. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Alone, Yet Not Alone. Music: Zoë Keating and David Lang. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Landscapes for Figures. Music: Louisa Fuller and Zoë Keating. Premiere: College Station, TX.

Alleged Dances: Chapters I-III. Music: John Adams. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Vivaldi Concerto. Music: Antonio Vivaldi. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

Dyads. Music: Zoë Keating. Premiere: Baltimore, MD.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Dance: Choreography. 2014

Who’s Who in America. 2008-2014.

Who’s Who in North American Education. 2012.

 Emergent selected by adjudication. The National High School Dance Festival. Pittsburgh, PA. 2015.

Who’s Who of American Women. 2006-2010.

Now and Again selected by adjudication. The 8th Regional High School Dance Festival. Norfolk, VA. 2009.

Who’s Who in Dance. 2008

Mountain Dew selected by adjudication. The 5th Regional High School Dance Festival. Baltimore, MD. 2002.

Three Divertimenti selected by adjudication. The National High School Dance Festival’s Third Regional High School Dance Festival. Baltimore, MD. 1999.

Concerto in B selected by adjudication. The National High School Dance Festival. Miami, FL. 1998.

Schon Rosmarin selected by adjudication. The Eastern Regional High School Dance Festival Gala Performance. Baltimore, MD. 1997.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“The Effects of Pilates on Pelvic Alignment in Dancers Ages 17-25” Research in collaboration with Amanda Green, DPT, COMT, and Andrea Lasner, MSPT at John’s Hopkins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presented at the Pilates Method Alliance 16th Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ. 2016

Dyads. Presented at The CORPS de Ballet’s 17th Annual Conference, Towson, MD. 2015.

“Balanchine’s Balustrade: Impressions of a Forgotten Ballet.” Presented at The CORPS de Ballet’s 16th Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 2014.

“The Benefits of Pilates for Ballet Dancers and Its Application in Higher Education.” The CORPS de Ballet’s 15th Annual Conference, Paris, France. 2013.

“The Pilates Method: Applications in the Dance Studio and Beyond.” MAHPERD Convention. Baltimore, MD. 2007.

Invited Talks

Dance Educators Training Institute. University of Maryland Baltimore County. 2014.

Dance Department Towson University. 2014.

Dance Educators Training Institute. University of Maryland Baltimore County. 2013.

Charles Theatre. Cinema Sundays Presenter for the film “First Position. Baltimore, MD. 2012.

Pilates Arena Conference. Rome, Italy. 2010.

Baltimore County Public Schools Professional Development. Baltimore, MD. 2010.

Third Annual Pilates Regional Continuing Education Conference. American Dance Institute. Rockville, MD. 2006.

Academic or Professional Associations

American College Dance Festival Association

The Pilates Union

Corps de Ballet International, Inc. 

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD)

National Dance Education Organization

International Association of Dance Medicine and Science

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Elizabeth Lowe Ahearn has a long history of service to the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Currently serving on the national board as Vice President for Policies and Procedures, she has also served the organization as Vice President for Regional Planning, Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and as a member of the National Board of Directors. She regularly serves as an external reviewer and outside evaluator for colleges and universities, a master teacher, and has served as a guest artist in residence at a number of institutions including the University of Central Oklahoma and Texas A&M.  She has also served as a Paper Reviewer for Dance Chronicle. In 2017 she will begin service on the Goucher’s Budget and Planning Committee.