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Faculty

Renay Aumiller portraitRenay Aumiller is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University.  She is an artist and scholar specializing in contemporary modern dance technique and the creative process. Her research interests explore the intersection of technical vocabularies, performance, and movement invention with The Franklin Method somatic education. She crafts her choreography to research the human experience, specifically learned human behavior and its effects on locality, collaboration and association. She recently presented her choreography in various festivals including the American Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, WAXworks in Brooklyn, North Carolina Dance Festival, and the National College Dance Association Conference at the Kennedy center. This past academic year, she enjoyed guest residencies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina State University, The Dance Project: The School at City Arts, Arts Together, the Southeast Regional Ballet Association (SERBA), and led workshops at the American College Dance Association Conference at West Virginia University. She will be spending the summer of 2016 researching contemporary dance trends in choreography at the Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob’s Pillow, Vancouver, Canada, and the American Dance Festival.  She continues researching the creative process through her dance company, RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances. Aumiller is currently exploring the integration of the Franklin Method technique into her movement invention for her next choreography project. This evening length dance will premiere in the summer of 2017. Aumiller has received several grants and fellowships to support her artistic and scholarly research. She has received an Elon Faculty Research and Development Grant to pursue her scholastic research in choreographic development, a New Faculty Summer Fellowship to earn her Franklin Method Level 1 teaching certification, and a CATL travel grant in 2013 and 2014 to support her attendance at the American College Dance Festival and to participate in Body, Mind, Centering (BMC) Somatic Movement Educator certification workshops, respectively. She has received the prestigious Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Grant through the Durham Arts Council, a mini-grant to pursue her BMC studies from the North Carolina Dance Alliance, with whom she received the North Carolina Choreography Fellowship.

Dr. Mila Parrish, Associate Professor, is the Director of Dance Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is internationally recognized for her work in dance pedagogy and educational technology, and has led over over 100 professional development courses, seminars and workshops thought the US and abroad. She has established numerous longstanding service and community engagement initiatives including Dancers Connect, a free community dance program and pedagogy laboratory, and is the founding President of the North Carolina Dance Education Organization. Dr. Parrish is the received the 2015 Leadership Award from NDEO for her community initiatives and scholarly work that has had a significant impact on the field of dance education.