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Missy Beck

Lecturer of Dance

Missy Beck is on a perpetual quest to develop anatomically sound ballet techniques and to encourage dancers to move with thoughtful efficiency for maximum output with minimum effort. She is invested in training the next generation of dance teachers and to arm them with knowledge and permission to question harmful current modes of training and to teach the whole student, not just the body. To this end, she and her research partner Nicola Conraths, Director of Artistic Studies at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, have created and continue to create a series of lectures and presentations: Teaching dance anatomy, injury prevention, and rehabilitation as a non-scientist in the ballet class.  She has presented research from this series at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and National Dance Educators’ Organization (NDEO) conferences, and garnered an invite from Performing Arts Medicine Conference (PAMA).

Beck has taught for the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, Interlochen Arts Camp, Arts Unlimited: A Lincoln Center Institute, and Wolftrap Ohio. Additionally, she has taught for MPulse’s Summer Dance Institute and served as interim director. Beck is in demand as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions. The extensive list of events includes the Ohio Dance Festival presented by the Ohio Dance Council and Flint ACT-SO Dance Competition.  In April 2019, she joined the team of adjudicators for the inaugural Cecchetti Council of America’s Classical Ballet Competition.

Beck is the 2006 recipient of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award presented by the Michigan Dance Council.  She has presented her choreography in venues and festivals across the country including Around the Coyote Dance Festival in Chicago. Beck has choreographed for dance, opera, theatre, and musical theatre productions. She has had the pleasure of working with renowned directors Robert Benedetti (The Cradle Will Rock) and Nicolette Molnar (Jackie O) and has been commissioned to create works for the Bates Dance Festival: Youth Arts Program, several university dance programs, and multiple productions for University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Chamber Music Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor Dance Works, among others.

Bio last updated March 2019


AA (English), College of the Canyons
BA (English), University of Michigan
MFA (dance and choreography), University of Michigan

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