Nina Maria Lucas
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|Nina Maria Lucas
Department Chair, Theatre & Dance
Associate Professor, Dance
Nina Maria Lucas is the Director of Dance, Artistic Director of the Dance Company and Associate Professor. She has been a member of the faculty since 1996. She 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, and Martha Graham Studio in New York, 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, Murray Louis, 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.