Karen Schupp

Dixie Gammage
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TEMPE
Assistant Director of Dance, Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Dir & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Karen Schupp is an assistant professor of dance in the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. Her scholarly research, which has been published in multiple journals and edited volumes, addresses innovative pedagogical practices and curricula in postsecondary dance education and dance competition culture.Her creative work includes self-portraiture, interdisciplinary dances, and conceptual works for non-dancers, and has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Arizona, and the United States Artist Project.  She is the author of "Studying Dance: A Guide for Campus and Beyond," the first text to directly address student-centered approaches to studying dance as an academic discipline. Currently, she is working on a satirical dance and video project titled "In It To Win!" that addresses the development and inner workings of dance competition culture.  

Education

  • M.F.A. Dance, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Dance Performance and Dance Education (Summa Cum Laude), State University of New York-Buffalo

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Research Interests

Key words: creative practice; dance pedagogy; creative leadership; interdisciplinary collaboration; dance competition culture   I devise and investigate methodologies as a researcher, creative artist, and educator that situate the study of dance as integral to a comprehensive education and at the forefront of transdisciplinary research. Dance abstractly expresses ideas and inherently values the union of kinesthetic, intellectual, and emotional intelligences, thus serving diverse functions in societies. The integration of dance into liberal arts education provides opportunities to holistically educate students as creative, embodied, empathetic, and self-aware individuals. As a researcher, I examine innovative pedagogical practices and curricula with special attention paid to the connections and disconnections between postsecondary dance education and private-sector, dance competition studio communities. As a creative artist, I employ live and mediated performance to push the boundaries of dance in multiple contexts. As a dance educator, I believe that postsecondary dance education should allow for multiple career and learning outcomes within a collective educational experience; that dance should be studied in a way that highlights its comprehensive existence; that students should learn to critically think, reflect on experiences, and enhance other life skills through creatively engaging with dance; and that a complete dance education is one in which students develop abilities for successfully entering and changing the larger field of dance. These tenets guide all of my creative and scholarly research, teaching, and service.

 

 

 

 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
DCE 170 First-Year Seminar I
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 554 Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
DCE 693 Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
DCE 234 Postmodern Contemporary II
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484 Internship
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 534 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 634 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
DCE 693 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
DCE 134 Postmodern Contemporary I
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 534 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554 Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 634 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
DCE 693 Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
DCE 484 Internship
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
DCE 693 Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
DCE 234 Postmodern Contemporary II
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 534 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554 Teaching Praxis I
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 634 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
DCE 135 Contemporary Ballet I
DCE 171 First-Year Seminar II
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484 Internship
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
DCE 160 First-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 334 Postmodern Contemporary III
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 534 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 554 Graduate Dance Pedagogy
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 634 Postmodern Contemporary
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
DCE 135 Contemporary Ballet I
DCE 171 First-Year Seminar II
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 484 Internship
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
DCE 130 First-Year Movement Pract I
DCE 134 Postmodern Contemporary I
DCE 492 Honors Directed Study
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 554 Graduate Dance Pedagogy
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
DCE 171 First-Year Seminar II
DCE 235 Contemporary Ballet II
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 335 Contemporary Ballet III
DCE 484 Internship
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 535 Contemporary Ballet
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
DCE 492 Honors Directed Study
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 560 Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 583 Fieldwork
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 683 Fieldwork

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