Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jazz Dance
Location: Shingleton Hall, Room 32
Phone: (540) 542-6283
Employed Since: 2013
B.F.A., Chapman University, M.F.A., New York University
Tiffanie Carson first entered Shenandoah as Jazz Dance Guest Artist & Instructor for the 2013-14 year. As of Fall 2014, she is now an Assistant Professor of Dance as a specialist in contemporary and commercial jazz dance, teaching both jazz and modern dance technique courses as well as being instrumental in guiding both freshmen and senior seminar coursework. She also mentors dance majors in composition projects as well as the development of their professional marketing strategies/materials. Originally from southern California, Carson earned her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completed her BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University. She has danced professionally for Sean Greene of Gallimaufry & Greene, and for Mike Esperanza, Artistic Director and Choreographer of BARE Dance CompaNY. She has also performed in new works created by Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and the highly acclaimed post-modern choreographer Lucinda Childs. She currently dances and acts as Assistant Director with Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A, directed by Christopher Morgan), with whom she has performed at the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. From CKM&A’s most recent performance, in Mr. Morgan’s work “Selling Out,” Carson was described as a “very talented dancer (IsItModernDance.wordpress.com), who was absolutely ripping the solo to shreds (CriticalDance.org)”. She has conducted CKM&A’s annual winter workshops and summer intensives at the American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD as well as residencies at DeSales University and Muhlenburg University, with Mr. Morgan. She traveled with the company to France to conduct an intensive at the École Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. This is her 4th season with CKM&A. Carson has been a dance educator for the past 12 years traveling nationally and internationally, having been welcomed as a guest artist in places such as: California, Hawaii, Missouri, and Taiwan.
“Speaking of artistic growth, not only did I get to witness Morgan’s ascendance as a choreographer, but I was able to see Tiffanie Carson bloom, too. Each female performer in “In the Cold Room,” gave an outstanding performance, but Carson, who was recently named Assistant Director of CKM&A, eclipsed all I’ve seen her do in “Selling Out,” a 2011 solo originally choreographed by Morgan for himself. It was intensely interesting to see “Selling Out,” a very personal work which has an abundance of masculine sorts of movement (flexed arm muscles, for example), performed by a woman. Carson shone as a someone conflicted about how to please others while maintaining one’s integrity. While she struggled with the selling it/selling out problem, she absolutely ripped the solo to shreds. What a joy it was to see Carson powerfully tackle this piece.” – Carmel Morgan, CriticalDance.Org