Professor of Dance: Modern and Composition, Dance Program Coordinator

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  • M.F.A. Temple University
  • M.A. The Ohio State University
  • B.S. James Madison University

Short Bio:

Kate Trammell, professor of Dance and Coordinator of the Dance Program, holds graduate degrees in dance from Ohio State University and Temple University.  She has performed and taught throughout the United States and in China, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Russia with thompson & trammell dance company, ZeroMoving Dance Company, and as an independent teacher/performer. She has been making and performing dances with Cynthia Thompson as a duet company since 1983. Trammell has a certification in Infant Developmental Movement Education through Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and the School for Body-Mind Centering which informs her movement work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She co-teaches developmental movement classes for babies and their care-givers through JMU’s Occupational Therapy Clinical Educational Services. In China, Trammell has taught creative movement and dance in university dance departments, conservatories, and orphanages. In summer 2016, she piloted “Arts, Healing, and Health in Russia”, which assembled an interdisciplinary group of  JMU students to work with children in orphanages and hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  Trammell is currently touring “Namely, Muscles,” an evening-length dance theatre work by Guggenheim Fellow Claire Porter. This critically acclaimed comedic work portrays Dr. Nickie Nom, Forensic Orthopedic Autopsy Muscular Anatomical Surgical Specialist, as she gives a reading from her new book of poems. The concert is part of a residency package that includes experiential anatomy workshops.  Trammell is on faculty at White Mountain Summer Dance Festival and at the West Virginia Dance Festival. Ms. Trammell was the recipient of JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts 2011-2012 “Distinguished Teacher” award and 2015-16 “Madison Scholar” award  She has been a leader in several large-scale interdisciplinary projects at JMU, including The Year-long Dance of Arts and Sciences (featuring Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange,), Ability in Action (featuring AXIS Dance Company) and a project featuring Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre, in partnership with Sentara/Rockingham Memorial Hospital’s stroke center. 

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