Mila Parrish | Outstanding Dance Educator (Higher Education)
Dr. Mila Parrish is an Associate Professor and the Director of Dance Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. An active scholar, Dr. Parrish’s research has established new trends in dance technology pedagogy, somatics, curricula design and teacher training in the digital arena. Her publications appear in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review and the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, among others. Dr. Parrish currently serves on the North Carolina Dance Education Organization as founding President; the dance and the Child International Organization as the USA Newsletter Editor, and the National Dance Education Organization as the Director of Research. Additionally, she serves as Special Guest Faculty at ADF. Prior to her career in higher education, Parrish was a professional dancer and choreographer in NYC, performing with most notably, the Jean Erdman Theater of the Open Eye, with whom she toured nationally. Parrish has offered over 100 professional development courses, seminars and workshops throughout the world. She as established numerous community engagement initiatives including; Dancers Connect community dance program, iDance a digital delivery system of dance instruction using videoconferencing technologies, Embodied History reconstruction initiatives, as well as spearheading professional development programs: Hip Hop for Hope, Evolving Dance through Connectivity, Movement of Inspired Minds.