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Kim  Clay

Kim Clay

Associate Professor of Dance

School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2899
Guggenheim 003
Office Hours
By Appointment


  • MFA, Dance, Sam Houston State University, 2014
  • BFA, Dance, Sam Houston State University, 2006

Professional/Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Dance, University of Northern Colorado, 2017- 2023
  • Adjunct Professor of Dance, Seton Hill University, 2015 - 2017
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sam Houston State University, 2011 - 2013

Other Experience

  • TanzTheater Andre Koslowski, Dancer/Company Member, 2015  - 2017
  • Millennium Dance Complex (Pittsburgh) Instructor & Certificate Program Director, 2015 -  2017
  • Attack Theatre, Dancer/Guest Artist,  2016
  • Recked Productions, Dancer/Guest Artist, 2012
  • Holland America Line, Dancer, 2003 - 2004
  • Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, Dancer, 2002

Research/Areas of Interest

  • Dance
  • Dance Education
  • Dance History
  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Dance for PD
  • Dance for Camera
  • Screen Dance
  • Musical Theatre Dance

Publications/Creative Works

Kim's Graduate School Thesis is titled, "The Fear and Loathing of Contact Improvisation: An Investigation of Personal Space in Dance" which focuses on curriculum and instruction in a collegiate level modern class, and examines Edward T. Hall's analysis of personal space. Kim also produced an evening length performance piece titled "Elbow Room" which takes the audience through all four stages (intimate, personal, social and public) of personal space through dance.

Graduate Thesis: The Fear and Loathing of Contact Improvisation: An Investigation of Personal Space in Dance, 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Di Smice Award, University of Northern Colorado, School of Theatre and Dance, 2018, 2021, 2022

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