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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Pictured is Colleen Hooper.


  • Ph.D., Dance, Temple University
  • M.F.A., Dance, Temple University
  • B.A., English and Dance, The George Washington University

Courses Taught

  • Dance Improv
  • History of Dance I, II
  • Modern I for Musical Theatre
  • Senior Seminar


Colleen Hooper is a writer, dancer and choreographer. Her research addresses dance and the politics of representation and she examines the relationship between dance and public space.

Hooper was a 2015-16 senior doctoral fellow in the Center for Humanities at Temple University (CHAT). Her choreography has been presented since 2002 and New York venues include Dance Theater Workshop's Fresh Tracks series, Danspace Project Out of Space, Dixon Place, BRIC Studio, DanceNow/NYC Festival, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Joyce SoHo and Dance New Amsterdam.

In the Philadelphia region, her work has been featured in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center's Independence Foundation Gallery for the Visual Arts and Haverford College.

She received choreographic residencies from Atlantic Center for the Arts (2018), Danceworks (2013), TOPAZ ARTS (2010), Dance Theater Workshop (2007) and Dancenow/NYC SILO (2004).

As a performer, Hooper has danced for Red Dive, George Russell, Katherine Kiefer Stark/The Naked Stark, Beau Hancock and Merían Soto.

She also received her comprehensive Pilates certification from Drexel University and served as a graduate student representative to the Society of Dance History Scholars Board of Directors from 2013-16.

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Dance History Scholars
  • Congress on Research in Dance
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • National Dance Education Organization

Artistic Works: Choreography

  • Horizon Line (showcase piece premiere), International Summer Dance, Point Park University, 2017.
  • The Beast, (showcase piece premiere), Point Park Connections, Point Park University, 2017. 
  • National Water Dance Project, Race Street Pier, Philadelphia, Pa., 2014.
  • Let's Keep in Touch, FringeArts Festival, Philadelphia, Pa., 2013; Danceworks Theater Art to Art Program, Milwaukee, Wis., 2013.
  • Moving Past and Through, Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., 2012.
  • Poured Space, The Outlet Dance Project, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J., 2011.
  • Revolving Spaces, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Bardascino Park, Philadelphia, Pa., 2011.

Research Interests

  • Dance Studies
  • Arts Policy
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Community Based Performance
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • American Studies

Selected Publication

  • "Ballerinas on the Dole: Dance and the U.S. Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA), 1974-1982," Dance Research Journal, December 2017.
  • "Krumping, Choreography and Close-Ups: A Deleuzian Critique of So You Think You Can Dance," co-authored by Sherril Dodds and Colleen Hooper, The International Journal of Screendance, Fall 2014, Vol. 4.

Selected Presentations

  • "Dance in/as 'Fake News:' Notes from the Policy Front," Dance Studies Association Conference, Columbus, Oh., 2017.
  • "Dance as Public Service During the Comprehensive Employment Traning Act," Ph.D. forum, Dance Now: Work With(out) Boundaries, Studies in Performing Arts and Media, Ghent University, Belgium, 2017.
  • "Dancer as Federal Government Worker: Merian Soto and New York City's CETA Artists' Project," Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Chicago, Ill., 2016.
  • "Dance and Labor in the U.S. Comprehensive Employment Training Act 1974-1982," Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance joint conference, Athens, Greece, 2015.
  • "We Are a Nation of Workers:' Dance and the Comprehensive Employment Training Act 1974-1982," Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance joint conference, Iowa City, Iowa, 2014.
  • "Martha Bowers at Home and Abroad: A Case of Community-Based Performance and Transnational Movement," Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance, 2013.
  • "So What Are We Learning Here? Examples of Pedagogy in a Dance Talent Show," Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, 2013.
  • "Dance and Community Art," Dance/USA Conference, 2012.


  • Temple University Edrie Ferdun Award for Scholarly Achievement, 2013
  • Temple University Rose Vernick Award for Artistic Transformation, 2011
  • BAXten (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) Honorary Award for Service as the Press and Marketing Manager, 2006

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