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One Dance Teacher's way into Public Education: Welcome Deborah Karp 

Deborah Karp is a choreographer, dancer and dance educator. She is excited to join the Minnesota dance education community! Her pedagogy focuses on constructivist, culturally relevant, anti-racist teaching through embodied creative practice. For six years, she was on faculty with Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, CA, teaching dance classes to students in Oakland public schools, Luna’s home studio, and parents and children in the process of reunification through the child welfare system. With Luna, she was lead teacher on the Dance Inclusion Class Project, in which students with and without disabilities came together to dance, be creative and build empathy. Deborah has also taught with San Francisco Ballet’s Dance In Schools and Communities program and is a founding artist with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion©, where she worked side-by-side with public high school teachers to teach academic curriculum through dance. Her writing has been published in In Dance and the National Dance Education Organization’s Behind the Curtain blog. Conference presentations include National Dance Education Organization, CA Dance Educators Association, Kennedy Center-VSA Intersections Conference and Perpich Center for Arts Education’s Equity Through the Arts. Deborah was a seven-year company member with Nancy Meehan Dance Company (NYC) and has also performed the work of Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement (NYC), Leyya Tawil DANCE ELIXIR (SF, CA) and Megan Nicely Dance (SF, CA). Her company Deborah Karp Dance Projects has performed on both coasts of the United States. She holds a Master’s in Education and a K – 12 dance teaching license from the University of Minnesota. Deborah is thrilled to start teaching at Mississippi Creative Arts School with Saint Paul Public Schools in the fall.

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