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Sandra Minton

Sandra Minton

Professor Emeritus and Co-Coordinator of MA in Dance Education

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

Contact Information

(303) 450-6347


PhD, Texas Woman's University, Dance & Related Arts
Teacher Certification, University of Northern
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, Dance
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Dance Education

Professional/Academic Experience

Co-Coordinator, Dance Education MA, UNC, current position
Dance Specialist, Centennial Academy of Fine Arts Education, Littleton Public Schools
Dance teacher, Arts Infusion Team, Denver Public Schools
Coordinator & Professor, Dance Program, UNC, until 1998
Dance Instructor, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Choreography for summer theatre, Johnson County, MO
Performance with dance company, Kansas City, MO
Dance Instructor, Inglewood Recreation Dept, Inglewood, CA

Other Experience

Other than teaching dance and writing about it in the form of books and articles, I have presented at many dance education and other types of professional conferences locally, nationally and internationally, and done dance education research which has been published in juried journals. I am also a reviewer for a professional journal, and serve on the boards associated with dance and dance education.

Research/Areas of Interest

  • Dance and neuroscience connections
  • Dance and critical thinking/21st-century skills
  • Dance and mental imagery
  • Dance teacher behaviors
  • Creativity and its connection to involvement in dance
  • Self-esteem and participation in dance
  • Spatial kinesthetic awareness

Publications/Creative Works

  • Yearly choreography for main stage concerts when coordinator of the dance program
  • Books
  • Choreography: A basic approach using improvisation (4th ed.)–2017
  • Thinking with the dancing brain: Embodying neuroscience with Rima Faber–2016
  • Using movement to teach academics: The mind & body as one entity–2008
  • Preventing dance injuries--with Ruth & John Solomon–2005
  • A number of articles in juried journals

Honors and Awards

  • Honored for contributions to dance and dance education in Denver area by Presenting Denver–2014
  • Honored for contributions to dance and dance education by the Colorado Ballet–2012
  • Named Colorado Legend of Dance, Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, University of Denver–2012
  • Creative Resident, Platte Forum, Denver–2004
  • Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Dance Pedagogy Program, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland–2001
  • National Dance Association Scholar/Artist–1999
  • College Scholar, College of Performing & Visual Arts, UNC–1993

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