CANDIDATE STATEMENT: My interest in serving the National Dance Education Organization stems from my years of investment in the organization through presentation and attendance at conferences and my work on the Resources Committee over the past year. I believe in NDEO’s mission and hope to support the many facets of dance education the organization serves through work as the Advisory Director of Awards. This advisory board position is of particular interest to me because I believe it is hugely important to honor those in our field who have made significant impact through their teaching, leadership, research, and service, and I would love to contribute to and support such a meaningful initiative. I believe I am a good fit for this board because of my teaching and administrative experiences in higher education, my work in the community through my dance company, and my service on other boards. I am a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University and am also the founding Artistic Director of a nonprofit dance company, Flatlands Dance Theatre. My work in the university includes a service component in which I strive to participate nationally; this board position would encourage me to broaden my view of dance education and would support my growth in this area. As a director of a dance company, I work very closely with a board of directors and have learned much about staffing, event planning, marketing, budgeting, and writing. My work on other arts boards and in higher education has included being responsible for recruitment, organization, and presentation of awards and scholarships, which has prepared me well for work as the Advisory Director of Awards for NDEO.
BIOGRAPHY: Ali Duffy is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University, where she also teaches in the Honors College. Dr. Duffy is the founder and Artistic Director of Flatlands Dance Theatre (www.flatlandsdace.org). She holds a PhD from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and a BA from UNC Charlotte. Dr. Duffy has been published in Research in Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, World Dance Reviews, Ballet-Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Classical Voice of North Carolina, The World and I, and The Longwood Guide to Writing. Her scholarship has been presented internationally in Australia, Northern Ireland, Hungary, and widely at national conferences. Dr. Duffy has been commissioned or invited for national choreography presentations and teaching residencies including at Virginia Tech, Lindenwood University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Detroit, Austin Dance Festival, and Danca Nova Dance Company, among others. She is on the founding team of the Institute for Dance Journalism and Advocacy and has sat on the board of the Dance Critics Association. Prior to her work in higher education, Ali performed internationally with Stiletto Entertainment, Holland America Line, and several contemporary choreographers, and taught on staff at the National Dance Alliance.