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Wendy Oliver

Department Chairperson, Theatre, Dance & Film

Contact Information:
Smith Center for the Arts G67


Ed.D. - Dance Education, Columbia University

Area(s) of Expertise:

Wendy Oliver has been teaching and choreographing at Providence College since 1985, and is the director of the PC Dance Company. Before coming to Providence College, she performed with the Minneapolis-based company Contactworks, performing and teaching throughout the upper Midwest. Dr. Oliver is Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film, and also runs the Children's Dance program on Saturdays on the Providence College campus. She co-edited Jazz Dance: A History of Its Roots and Branches, University Press of Florida in 2014. Her book Writing about Dance was published by Human Kinetics in 2010. She has also published articles in the Journal of Dance Education, Dance Research Journal, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, among others. Oliver is the Editor of the Journal of Dance Education and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization.

Awards and Honors:

Scholar/Artist Award - National Dance Association

Selected Publications:

Oliver, Wendy. Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida Press.

Oliver, Wendy. Writing about Dance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Oliver, Wendy. “The Audience/Performer Connection: Impulse 1962.” .

Oliver, Wendy. (2011). College and University Dance Companies in the U.S.: A Descriptive Study. . Journal of Dance Education, Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis. 2011

Recent Presentations:

Oliver, Wendy., National Dance Education Organization, Miami, FL, "Board Member: Editor-in-Chief Journal of Dance Education". October, 2013.

Oliver, Wendy., National Dance Education Organization, Miami, FL, "Panel: What to Publish? Ask the JODE and RDE Editors!". October, 2013.

Oliver, Wendy., National Dance Education Organization, Los Angeles, CA, "The Roots and Branches of Jazz Dance: Honoring Traditions, Extending the Form; Board Member: Journal of Dance Education". October, 2012.

Oliver, Wendy., National Dance Education Organization, Minneapolis, MN, "Paper: Revisiting a Shared Point of Contact: Dance/Movement Therapist and Dance Educator". October, 2011.

Oliver, Wendy., National Dance Association/American Alliance for Recreation & Dance, San Diego, CA, "Writing Dance Critiques: An Approach for Students & Dance and Culture, Enhance Your Curriculum; Committee: Scholar/Artist Committee". March, 2011.

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