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Britta Peterson Professorial Lecturer Department of Performing Arts

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Katzen Arts Center - 238
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Dance Program, Professorial Lecturer

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'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman and 'The Brain's Way of Healing' by Norman Doidge
Britta Joy Peterson is a choreographer, collaborator and educator. Raised in the midwest, creatively pressure-cooked by the southwest, liberated by the pacific northwest, and cracked open by the wild west, BJP is now an east-coast creative based in Washington, DC. Creative work has been seen at the Sibu International Dance Festival—Sarawak, Malaysia, Performance Mix 33—New York City, NY, Arts and Society Conference—Paris, France, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts—Basel, Switzerland, Dance Place—Washington, DC, Triskelion Arts—Brooklyn, NY, Sonics Immersive Media Lab—London, UK, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts—Washington, DC.
BJP’s research practice churns at the intersection of body, theory, design, and proposition. Current projects engage questions surrounding the climate crisis (“External Organ”), holding space (“And Now or Hold Me”) and embodied communities (“Frequencies”). BJP is an Artist in Residence at Dance Place. Her work has recently been supported by the NEA CARES, DC Commission for Humanities and the Arts, the Mellon Fund at American University, Aunt Karen’s Farm—Mt. Vision, NY, The Iron Factory – Philadelphia, PA, Bainbridge Dance Center—Bainbridge Island, WA, and Great River Educational Arts Theatre—Waite Park, MN.
BJP also specializes in dance for the theatrical stage, developing fresh material for classic plays and musicals, and devising choreographies and movement languages for new theatre works. Recent projects include American Players Theatre—Spring Valley, WI, Imagination Stage—Bethesda, MD, the Lyric Repertory Theatre—Logan, UT, the Paramount Theatre—St. Cloud, MN, and numerous college and university productions.
BJP is an active educator, both in university and professional settings. Active research in curricular design for the dynamic arts environment continuously yields new class, workshops, and programs such as American University’s new Dance Program curriculum, launched in 2017, for which she was the co-recipient of the 2017 Anne S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award. BJP was also a recipient of the 2020 AU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Mentorship award. She teaches in the DMV at Dance Place, and offers workshops and masterclasses periodically. She holds her BA in Dance and Communications, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.
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Dance Program
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Spring 2021

  • DNCE-055 AU Dance Company

  • DNCE-315 Jazz Dance III

  • DNCE-470 Dance Capstone

Fall 2021

  • DNCE-313 Contemporary Dance III

  • DNCE-465 Adv Stds in Critical Inquiry: Dance Pedagogy

  • DNCE-470 Dance Capstone