Wanda Ebright

Assoc. Dean, Dir. of Graduate Studies, Assoc. Professor of Dance

Biography

Prior to this appointment, she served as Coordinator of the Dance Program and the Visual & Performing Arts major at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC, where she taught all levels of classical ballet, pointe, Graham-based modern, and jazz dance. She is Artistic Director of The Wanda Project, a ballet-based contemporary dance company, and her research is focused on the history of dance in historically black colleges and universities. She is a former President of the South Carolina Dance Association and has helped to revise state K-12 dance curriculum standards in both Georgia and South Carolina. Her choreography has been performed in Charlotte's Festival in the Park, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (SC), Arts Alive! Festival (SC), Panoply Choreography Festival (AL), and the Denver Independent Choreographers Project (CO), and was featured this past spring in the Atlanta Fringe Festival (GA). Dr. Ebright is a very active guest teacher, providing master classes and workshops in middle and high schools in the southeastern United States, as well as conferences such as the National High School Dance Festival; the SC Dancing Festival; the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) Convention; the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Conference.

Subjects

Classical ballet and pointe, Graham-based modern dance, Jazz dance, Dance history, History of dance in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), History of blacks in classical ballet

Education

Ph.D., Dance from Texas Woman's University M.F.A., Dance Performance & Choreography from Florida State University B.A., French from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis)