Peggy Schwartz

Biography

Peggy Schwartz’s career as a dance educator spans more than forty years. In the late 1960s she developed a rhythm and movement program for the Pilot Program for Head Start in Berkeley, California; in the 1970s she served as the founding Chairperson of the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Dance Department; in l983 she joined the Five College Dance Department (FCDD) first as a professor at Hampshire College and currently at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served as Chair of the FCDD and Director of the Dance Program at UMass Amherst. At UMass she was the founder and artistic director of the Sankofa Dance Project: Celebrating African Roots in American Dance.

Over the course of her career, Peggy has published, lectured, conducted workshops and consulted in dance education, curriculum design, national standards in arts education, and the work of Dr. Pearl Primus. She has presented regularly at conferences of the Congress on Research in Dance, Dance and the Child International, National Dance Association, National Association of Schools of Dance, and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She was a founding member and board member of the NDEO and Founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Dance Education. She served as the National Representative to Dance and the Child International (daCi), and was instrumental in developing a United States chapter of daCi. Peggy has taught as a guest artist at the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Israel, Pomona and Scripps Colleges, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts

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