Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dance

Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Contact

imorgan@twu.edu
940-898-2003
205C

Website

Biography

Ilana Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dance, researches dance education as social justice with incarcerated and detained youth, focusing on dance experiences and choreography as an expressive and restorative practice. Her research in dance education and advocacy considers issues of confinement and freedom, governmental approaches to rehabilitation, juvenile justice, autonomy, democracy, and trauma-informed pedagogy. She has published articles in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, and has a chapter in Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship: Promoting Civic Engagement through Effective Dance Pedagogies. At TWU she teaches dance pedagogy and theory courses, coordinates the MA in Dance and the BA in Dance with Teacher Certification, mentors student teachers, and advises PhD and MA students. She is also the Director of TWU’s Community Dance Center which provides low-cost, high quality dance classes for Denton community members.

Education

Ph.D., Dance, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 2015
M.A., Dance, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, 2009
B.F.A., Dance, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2000

Artistic Interests

Dance Education; Dance; Community Dance Practices; Action Research; Juvenile Justice; Arts Advocacy; Dance Pedagogy

Latest Articles

Arts Education and Citizenship: A Pedagogical Framework
Journal of Dance Education (2018)
Ilana Morgan

"Internetting and Female Undergraduate Dancers: Embodied Cognition, Dance Education, and the Extended Technological Self
Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (2016)
Ilana Morgan

Chapters

Arts Education and Citizenship: A Pedagogical Framework
in Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship: Promoting Civic Engagement through Effective Dance Pedagogies | Routledge (2019)
Ilana Morgan

Professional Affiliations

  • Dance and the Child International (daCi)
  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
  • Texas Dance Educators Associate (TDEA)
  • World Dance Alliance (WDA)