Paula Peters

  Paula Peters, MFA

Paula Peters, MFA

Associate Professor


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M.F.A., University of Washington

Paula J. Peters

Paula J. Peters teaching, scholarly, and creative research explores the many facets of jazz dance aesthetics, and pedagogy methods which serve all types of learners. She has served on faculty University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, Cornish College of the Arts/Preparatory Dance, and Dance Fremont. She has also been a guest teacher at Skidmore College, Virginia Commonweath University, Buffalo State College, University of South Florida, West Virginia University Summer Dance, and International Dance Day Festival in Byblos, Lebanon.

Her choreography has been presented by Men In Dance, Cornish Dance Theater, University of Washington, University at Buffalo, American College Dance Association, MuCCC Festival, and the BOOSTmeUp Festival. She has presented original research at Dance Education Association of Washington, New York State Dance Educator Association, Dance Studies Association, Society for Dance History Scholars, Popular Culture Association, and National Dance Education Organization conferences. Her written scholarship has been published in the Journal of Dance Education in Practice,the Journal of Dance Education and DanceED Tips.

Prior to entering Academia, she danced professionally with Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle for fourteen years. With Spectrum, she danced and restaged works by choreographers of national prominence including Ann Reinking, Margo Sappington, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Frank Chaves, Daniel Buraczeski, Daniel Ezralow, Trey McIntyre, Donald Byrd, Wade Madsen and Dale A. Merrill, touring throughout the US, Europe, and Mexico.

Teaching Interests

Jazz dance, contemporary/modern dance, ballet dance, dance history, kinesiology, dance pedagogy

Research Interests

Equitable & Inclusive Dance Pedagogy Methods, Jazz Dance History/Theory/Practice

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Dance Education Researcher, New York State Dance Education Association (2021).

Current Research

  • Stop Poking Me: Touch and Verbal Cueing in the Dance Environment

Professional Membership

  • Dance Studies Association
  • New York State Dance Education Association
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
  • National Dance Education Organization

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Programs

  • "Fredonia Dance Ensemble Guest Artist Residency," N/A (N/A).
  • "#BlackQueerMagic," N/A (N/A).
  • "Fredonia Dance Ensemble Guest Artist Residency," N/A (N/A).
  • "Fredonia Dance Ensemble Guest Artist Residency," N/A (N/A).
  • "Strategic Enrollment Management," N/A (N/A).

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Movement and Mindfulness Empowerment Workshop for Adults with Serious Mental Illness," Advances in Social Work (2021).
  • "The Oxford Handbook on Dance And Competition," Journal of Dance Education (2019).


  • Belonging. Zodiaque Dance Company, Department of Theatre & Dance-University at Buffalo, The Center for Performing Arts (2020).
  • Without The Other. Fredonia Dance Ensemble, Department of Theatre & Dance-SUNY Fredonia, Marvel Theatre (2020).
  • Choose Forward. Fredonia Dance Ensemble, Department of Theatre & Dance-SUNY Fredonia, Merrins Dance Theatre (RAC 258) (2019).
  • Just Because, Redux. BFA Dance Majors, Office of the Chancellor, New York City Public Library (2018).


  • "Dismantling the Cannon: Challenging Traditional Narratives to Reveal a More Complex History of DanceMore ," National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference (2020).
  • "How Can I Help? Methods to Support Student Mental Wellness," American College Dance Association Northeast Conference (2020).
  • "Jazz Dance in America: A Mini-History," N/A (2020).
  • "Dance Pedagogy Methods to Inspire Leadership and Responsible Citizenship in Future Dance Educators," New York State Dance Education Association Annual Conference (2020).
  • "Looking Forward: Education Implications from the Empowerment Through Movement and Stillness Workshop," 65th Annual Program Meeting (2019).
  • "Teaching interdisciplinary collaborative practice through an example: Educational implications from The Empowerment Through Movement and Stillness Workshop," 51st Annual Conference (2018).