Profile, Resume & References
Barbara Pearson - Profile
Barbara Pearson is a dancer/choreographer and arts-in-education consultant.
An authority on historic, social and ethnic dance forms, Barbara has had extensive
training and performance experience in classical ballet, modern, and theatre dance.
Her mission is to create and offer artistic experiences of the highest caliber,
while providing educational opportunities to people of all abilities. A resident
of Bethlehem since 1976, Barbara's artistic career has revolved around dance,
choreography and educational outreach--mostly for children and families--both
in and outside of the Lehigh Valley. She is well known for her expertise and
enthusiasm in sharing her love of dance, movement and the arts with people of
all ages and levels of experience. Her dance work often focuses on disabled children.
Barbara is an avid participant in her local community, investing especially in its
cultural and historical resources. Dedicated to developing a regional arts-in-education
initiative, Barbara was the founding director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council
Arts-in-Education Coalition, bringing together artists, arts organizations and
educators to create quality arts
programs in area schools. As administrator for
this program, she published a resource book and bimonthly newsletter, produced an
advocacy video, established an elementary school model program, and raised the monies
to fund these projects.
Barbara's specialty is teaching academic core curriculum through the use of movement
and the arts. She presents hands-on workshops to students and educators, using original
projects such as "Meteorology in Motion" to demonstrate how movement is used to motivate
learning in mathematics, science and language arts. She has served as a consultant
for Artsgenesis (New York City), Penn State University College of Education (State
College, PA), and Northeastern Intermediate Unit #19 (Scranton, PA). Barbara is a
rostered artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In addition, she has
made presentations for students and teachers in locations as far-reaching as Black
Mountain, North Carolina; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Barbara holds a Masters Degree in Movement Studies from Wesleyan University
(Middletown, Connecticut) and is a two-time graduate of the Project Zero Institute
at Harvard University, where she studied Multiple Intelligences Theory under Dr.
Choreography and Performances
Choreographed and co-designed "Dancing with Bach," an interactive family concert featuring Repertory Dance Theatre performers live on stage with the entire Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra. Performed at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. (Program played to
a sold-out house and was just the second time that the Bach Choir had collaborated with dance.)
Choreographed "Disabled, Empowered and Proud," an original musical celebrating rights of the physically challenged. Featured a mixed cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Show premiered
in CAP Studio in New York City and was a featured performance at DEED 2000 (a conference
for the disabled), Rochester, NY.
Choreographer and performing member of "Two in Time," a duo with Con Gallagher, performing historic dances from the Middle Ages to the present. Performed at Allentown Art Museum, Mayfair, Pennsylvania
Music Teachers' Association State Convention (State College, PA); Musikfest (accompanied by Philadelphia Brass); Independent Choreographers' Concert (Tompkins College Center Theatre). Also taught masters classes in historic dance.
Performed annually at Musikfest with Colonial and Renaissance Dance and "Dance and Play with Barbara Pearson," in which children joined Barbara in a "dancing in the streets" performance.
Founder, choreographer and performing member of Capriole Dancers, a group performing authentic Renaissance dances with Moravian College Collegium Musicum, directed by Larry Lipkis.
Researched and choreographed 10 programs based on Renaissance manuscripts and music. Performed at Moravian College as part of the Music Department series. Also performed at numerous venues including University of Penn Museum, Swarthmore College and Lehigh University.
Co-authored, directed and choreographed, "Christmas Revels," a Renaissance Christmas musical extravaganza performed annually at
Packer Memorial Chapel, Lehigh University. (Show was
revised as "Make We Merry," at Touchstone Theatre.)
Co-founder, co-artistic director, People's Theatre Company, Bethlehem, PA, which was the
forerunner of Touchstone Theatre. Directed and choreographed:
"Beauty and the Beast"-Dance theatre for children. Original musical score by Larry Lipkis and design by Ricardo Viera.
"Petrushka"-Original multimedia theatre for children, touring Oxford and London, England;
Lincoln Center, Walter Bruno Auditorium, and 80 performances in schools and community centers.
"Young Person's Guide to an Orchestra"-by Benjamin Britten with the Young Person's Philharmonic. Performed at Muhlenberg's Baker Center for the Arts, Empie Theatre, Allentown, PA.
"Learning through Movement" Arts-in-Education Consultant
Offers programs promoting movement and arts integration activities in elementary and middle
school, special education, preschool settings, festivals and community groups. Teaches
professional development seminars for teachers, guiding them in the use of movement in their classrooms. Clients include Artsgenesis (New York City), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
Penn State University School of Education, ArtSpace Charter School (Black Mountain, North
Carolina), Pennsylvania Music Teachers' Association, and Allentown Art Museum, among others.
Founding director and staff member of Lehigh Valley Arts Council Arts in Education Coalition. Developed a regional arts-in-education initiative. Published a resource book and bi-monthly
newsletter, produced an advocacy video, established an elementary school model arts infused program. Wrote grant proposals resulting in $80,000 awarded for these projects.
Instructor, Northampton Community College, Early Childhood Department, Bethlehem, PA.
Led "Movement and Music in Early Childhood Education," two (2) sections. Total enrollment:
50 pre-service teachers.
Founding board member of Rose Garden Children's Festival (Bethlehem, PA). Three-day arts
and sciences workshop for children. Co-wrote the mission statement and helped formulate
educational policies and programs. Worked as performing arts program director, coordinating and scheduling professional and community talent performing at the festival.
Owner and instructor of Capriole School of Dance, a studio for children aged three to 16
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Child Development, Communication Skills, Group Leadership,
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
French Language and Literature
Ft. Wayne Ballet School & Company
Ballet and Character
American Dance Festival
Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham
Modern Dance and Composition
Alwin Nicholais at Henry Street Playhouse
Modern Dance and Composition
Awards and Honors
Graduate, Project Zero Institute (with Dr. Howard Gardner), Harvard University - 1998 and 2002
Appreciation Award, Pennsylvania State Association for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance - 1996
Distinguished Service Award, Dance Forum of the Lehigh Valley - 1994
PCA Rostered Artist - 1994- present
Obtained over $40,000 in grant funding as a result of proposals written
to fund choreography and artist residencies
Choreography - Creative Dance and Drama - Costumes
Period Dance - Historical and Educational Research
Entertainment Production - Writing