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Nancy Brier

Adjunct Professor of Dance

B.F.A., Arizona State UniversityM.A., New York UniversityC.M.A., Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

Description

Nancy Brier was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona.  After receiving her BFA specializing in modern dance performance and choreography from Arizona State University, she relocated to New York City where she performed with modern choreographers including Frank Ashley and Lenore Latimer.  She received her Master's degree specializing in dance from New York University and is Certified in Laban Movement Studies, encompassing Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Motif Notation.  In the midst of 18 teaching tours of France, the French Ministry of Culture and La Federation Française de Danse presented her with an honorary doctoral equivalent, ProfesseurAgrege, recognizing her as one of the notable jazz and modern dance educators responsible for bringing these American art forms to France.  Shortly after joining the Dance faculty of LIU Post, she and colleague Cheryl Halliburton-Beatty received two consecutive LIU Retention Grants to create and develop the resident Post Concert Dance Company. In addition to being its Co-Founder, she served as PCDC's Co-Director for over a decade.  She also served as Company Director for Circle of Dance Repertory Company (Huntington, NY) for seven of her 15 year tenure with them as Resident Choreographer, facilitating the company's growth into performing in New York City venues.  In addition to LIU Post, she has taught on the Dance faculties of  Adelphi University, SUNY Old Westbury, Nassau Community College, Centre Regional Education Physique et des Sports (Montpellier, France) and on the assistant faculty of Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.  Having created a large body of concert dance works, which have been performed throughout New York City and its metropolitan area, Italy, France, The Czech Republic and on the Metro Arts Thirteen and Metro Stories television networks, she plans to continue with her recent direction of creating dances based on exploring the beauty of the natural world and the fragile relationships and connections between humans and nature.

Specialties

Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Laban Movement Studies

Performances

Choreographer, Global Water Dances, Fleets Cove Beach, NY
Choreographer/Dancer, Tilles Center, LIU Post Faculty Benefit Concerts (5), Brookville, NY
Choreographer, Mozart Festival, Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY
Choreographer/Company Director, International Dance Festivals (2), DiCapo Opera Theatre, New York City
Choreographer/Company Director, Dance Festival Tours (3),Pesaro, Fano and Senegalia, Italy and Prague, The Czech Republic
Choreographer/Company Director, International Dance Festivals (2), The Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, New York City
Choreographer/Company Director for Circle of Dance Repertory Company, Queens Theater in the Park, Theater of the Riverside Church, Merce Cunningham Theater, The Duke Theatre on 42nd Street and Di Capo Opera Theatre, New York City
Choreographer/Company Director for Circle of Dance Repertory Company, Arts Bank Theater, Philadelphia, PA and Inter Media Arts Center (IMAC), Five Towns College Theatre, Huntington Cultural Arts Center, Chapin Rainbow Stage and Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Long Island
Choreographer, Women Talk at Performance Space 122, New York City
Choreographer, Raw Material at Evolving Arts Theater, Dance Space, New York City
Choreographer, Atelier de la Danse (Vichy), Jazz Dance & Cie. (Issoire), Choreographie Artistique (Roanne) and Modern Jazz Creation (Perpignan), France
Dancer/Rehearsal Assistant/Featured Soloist, Frank Ashley Dance Company, Henry Street Settlement, New York City and tours to Montpellier, France and Brugge, Belgium
Principal Dancer, Lenore Latimer Dance Company, Dance Theater Workshop and Theatre of the Riverside Church, New York City
Principal Dancer/Percussionist, Julie Maloney Dance Company, New York City and tours of New Jersey
Artistic Director/Dancer/Percussionist/Performance Artist, Heartbeat, various venues in New York City
Featured Dance Soloist/Percussionist/Performance Artist, Commotion Dance Collaborative, New York City
Guest Artist, Soundance, New York City
Guest Artist, Contemporary Dance Theatre, Symphony Space, New York City

Honors/Awards

Recipient, Professeur Agrege, Federation Francaise de Danse and French Ministry of Culture, Paris, France

Films

Choreographer, "Sanctuary" (2000)

Professional Affiliations

Member, National Dance Education Organization
Member, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

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