Friday, October 27, 2017

Texas Tech University Sponsors Dr. Merry Lynn Morris Research in Dance / Disability Studies

Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance sponsors two lectures by Dr. Merry Lynn Morris on Research in Dance /Disability Studies on October 30, 2017 at the Creative Movement Studio Room 108: 12:30-1:45PM & 5:30-6:30PM.  Lectures are free & open to the public.  Texas Tech Article: Ballerinas in Wheelchairs by Amanda Castro-Crist   Texas Tech University


Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance sponsors two lectures by Dr. Merry Lynn Morris on Research in Dance /Disability Studies on 10/30/2017 at Creative Movement Studio Room 108: 12:30-1:45PM & 5:30-6:30PM.



Here is the Texas Tech article :


BALLERINAS IN WHEELCHAIRS: TCVPA WELCOMES MERRY LYNN MORRIS

Morris, the assistant director of dance at the University of South Florida, will deliver two public lectures on her groundbreaking research in dance and disability studies.

Merry Lynn Morris
Merry Lynn Morris
Texas Tech University’s School of Theatre & Dance, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts (TCVPA), has partnered with Student Disability Services to host innovator Merry Lynn Morris, assistant director of the dance program at the University of South Florida.
Morris, whose research focuses on dance and disability studies, will lead several guest lectures and workshops on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 30 and 31). All events are free and will be held in the Creative Movement Studio located at the corner of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard and Akron Avenue.
Teaching for the International Visitors Leadership Program
Teaching for the International Visitors Leadership Program
Two lectures on Monday are open to the entire Texas Tech and Lubbock communities: 12:30-1:45 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 108. Movement for the Performer students may attend a closed lecture from 8-8:50 a.m. Monday, while dance and theater students and faculty are invited to a lecture from 9:30-10:50 a.m., both in Room 108.
Morris also will lead a movement and lecture workshop for Choreography I students from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 101. Dance and theater students and faculty are invited to attend the workshop.
Teaching the REVolutions Dance students
Teaching the REVolutions Dance students
“Dr. Morris’s research uniquely and innovatively contributes to the intersections of dance and disability studies,” said Ali Duffy, associate professor of dance at Texas Tech. “She will discuss her creation of a wheelchair for dancers, a project that has garnered international acclaim. She also will discuss her teaching at the University of South Florida and performance with REVolutions Dance, a mixed ability company in Tampa, Florida.”
Morris is a full-time faculty member at the University of South Florida with 20 years’ teaching and research experience, including ballet, Laban movement analysis, research in dance, integrated/inclusive dance and dance kinesiology. Her interest in disability needs was the result of caring for her father over a 21-year period, and she began exploring integrated and inclusive dance in 2002.
She serves on the board for VSA of Florida, the statewide arts and disability organization. Morris has earned five U.S. patents for her innovative work in re-conceptualizing the design of assistive mobility devices, the Rolling Dance Chair Project.
Morris with Rolling Dance Chair Prototype
Morris with Rolling Dance Chair Prototype

Courtesy: Jim Lennon
The intersections between dance, disability and assistive technology design are a prominent focus of her creative and scholarly work, which asks how assistive technologies can work with the human body to enable artistic expression and healthful mobility. Morris has been featured and interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday, MSNBC, the Katie Couric show, PBS, CNN, Reader’s Digest and Inventors Digest.
Her invention has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and in October 2014, her research in assistive mobility devices, as well as ballet pedagogy, was presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Basel, Switzerland. Morris has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Research in Dance Education, the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, and Medical Problems of Performing Artists.
Morris is a member and presenter within multiple organizations including the National Academy of Inventors, the National Dance Education Organization, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and CORPS de Ballet International.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

A New Definition of Dance 2016: Photos by Jim Lennon...professional dancers with and without disabilities from across the globe gathered for this unique integrated dance event involving workshops and performances. I collaborated with VSA Florida to produce the event and was the Artistic Director for the event.