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HK author and acquisition editor, Gayle Kassing, honored as NDA's 2010 Scholar/Artist

Gayle Kassing, PhD, HK author and acquisitions editor, was honored as the 2010 National Dance Association (NDA) Scholar/Artist by the NDA Research Committee. According to the NDA, the Scholar Artist shall:

  • Have a scholarly record as evidenced by publications, presentations and other creative works including choreography extending over ten (10) years
  • Be currently producing scholarly materials or other creative works
  • Document in-depth study of dance
  • Be capable of communicating ideas and knowledge to selected arts groups as well as to groups in the Alliance disciplines

As part of this honor, Dr. Kassing will deliver the NDA Scholar/Artist Lecture at the AAHPERD National Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Her lecture is titled, "New Challenges in 21st Century Dance Education" and will take place on Friday, March 19 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Convention Center, Wabash Board Room 3.


Gayle Kassing, PhD, has pursued a variety of dance interests during her career. She has been a professional dancer, choreographer, dance educator, presenter, and author. As a professional dancer, she performed ballet, modern dance, and musical theatre.


Dr. Kassing earned a BFA in ballet and theatre from Texas Christian University. She has an MA in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts, and an MAT in K-12 curriculum integrated with technology. Her dissertation was one of the first historical dance studies written. Selected as one of 10 national scholars, she participated in Selma Jeanne Cohen’s seminar “Dance in America Before 1900.”


Dr. Kassing has been a dance educator for more than 25 years, teaching at four different universities in physical education and fine arts undergraduate programs and graduate dance education programs. She has taught all levels of dance technique, pedagogy, dance production, dance teaching methods and curriculum design, and the history of dance. She has also taught in elementary magnet arts schools, dance studios, and civic and regional ballet companies. Dr. Kassing has administered university dance and fine arts programs and was a Florida Artist in Residence for two years. She has conducted dance workshops in public schools, for state departments of education, and for professional organizations. In addition, she helped write state curriculum guidelines and dance teacher certification tests.


Dr. Kassing is a National Dance Association member and past NDA board member. She has presented at state and national dance conferences and served as director of NDA publications for two terms. Dr. Kassing is coauthor of Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique and Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design. She is author of History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach. Currently, Dr. Kassing is employed as an acquisitions editor in the division of health, physical education, recreation, and dance at Human Kinetics.

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