Christine S. Bergeron, MFA
Director of Dance; Clinical Professor
Christine S. Bergeron has served as the Director of Dance Programs and Initiatives since 2008. She received a B.A. in Dance Education from the University of Akron and a M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Florida State University. Currently she is seeking her PhD in Dance Science from the University of Wolverhampton. Chris is certified in Pilates Mat through the advanced level and is an Associate Instructor for the Pilates Equipment work from the Physical Mind Institute and Balanced Body. She has danced with companies such as the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Women’s Dance Project, Dance Repertory Theatre and K403. She has had the honor of performing works by Martha Graham (Acts of Light – staged by Myra Woodruff), Peter DiMuro (Preludes to a Song), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Shelter), Beverly Brown (Life at 12) and Jane Weiner (fish, deer, sheep). She has presented work throughout the nation in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Mexico and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
As a Dance Scientist, Christine’s research interest lies on the effectiveness of Pilates on dance training and performance. She has presented her research at state, national and international conferences. Her research with colleague, Carisa Armstrong, looking at the effectiveness of rotator discs on external rotation has been published in the the National Dance Society’s Journal. Their research on the effectiveness of Pilates vs. Plyometric training on increasing vertical jump and horizontal distance is in the writing stage and has been presented at national and international dance science conferences. They are currently in the analysis stage of their research on the effectiveness of the spine corrector vs. Pilates mat on abdominal endurance in dancers. Her PhD studies look at the effectiveness of Pilates on abdominal endurance in dancers. She is currently using EMG to determine the abdominal muscle activation during various abdominal exercies. Christine is working on developing a standardized abdominal endurance test for dancers which challenges their upper and lower abdominals simultaneously during performance.
Christine just completed a two year project along with Architecture faculty, Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, creating interactive performance with visualization, dance and computer science students to create choreographic works using motion capture and other sensors to react to the dancers movement. This $200,000 project was funded through a TOP grant by the university and ended with several performance and collaborations with students and faculty. This project has lead Jinsil and Christine will continue to work together on future projects incorporating LED into performance as well as a ball that is affected by the dancers movements in space. Their collaboration and research on wearable technology has been published in a book chapter that will be coming out in the fall 2016.
In 2016, Christine received the Dance Master Educator award for College/University from the National Dance Society. In 2015, she received the Honor Award from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) which is one of their most prestigious awards given within their organization. She received the Dance Educator of the Year from TAHPERD in 2013. She has served on their board as Vice-President Dance, Dance Performance, Dance Education and Dance Aesthetics Chairs and is currently serving as the Dance Wellness Chair. She currenlty is the Past-President of the National Dance Society and has also served as their Dance Wellness Chair. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the South-Central Region of the American College Dance Association (ACDA).
Photos by Igor Kraguljac and Jon Nolan