Nina Maria Lucas
lucasnm@wfu.edu
(336) 758-5393
Scales Fine Arts Center, 218
Nina Maria Lucas
Department Chair, Theatre & Dance
Associate Professor, Dance

Nina Maria Lucas is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has been a member of the faculty since 1996 serving as the Director of Dance for 20 years and continues to be the Artistic Director of the Dance Company.  Nina began her training early in Dayton, Ohio and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University.  After graduation she continued her training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Phil Black Dance and Martha Graham Studio in New York City, and later went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Education from the University of California Los Angeles.  As Associate Professor of Dance she brings knowledge from study and performance with Carol Scothorn, Ronald Brown, Shapiro and Smith, Risa Steinberg, and in the L.A. Art Festival’s “The Dance Collective” under the direction of Peter Sellars, producer Neil Barkley.  Her teaching experience includes, but, is not limited to technique (modern/jazz), History and Philosophy of Dance, Dance Practicum (performance, production and repertory), Principles of Conditioning and Strength Training for Dancers-Care and Prevention, Dance Composition, Choreography, Dance Administration, Dance Education and Dance for Children.  In May 2000 Nina received the “Excellence in Teaching” award presented by the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts Dance Department.  In February 2001 she was awarded the Reid-Doyle excellence in Teaching Award from Wake Forest University.

Courses Taught:
Jazz Dance: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (FYS 100)
African American Choreographers (FYS 100)
History of Dance (DCE 202)
Multi-Ethnic Dance (DCE 236)
Dance Composition (DCE 123)
Beg/Int/Adv Modern Dance Technique  (DCE 120/221/222)
Beg/Int/Adv Jazz Dance Technique (DCE 126/226/227)
Performance/Choreography  (DCE 128/129)
Movement for Men (DCE 130)
Senior Project (DCE 200)
Individual Study (DCE 294)