Ilana Morgan researches dance education for incarcerated youth, focusing on dance experiences as social justice and as a restorative practice.
Ilana Morgan, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Texas Woman’s University in the Department of Dance. She teaches dance pedagogy and theory courses, coordinates the MA in Dance, the BA in Dance with Teacher Certification, and mentors and guides student teachers and graduate students. Her research focuses on dance education as social justice with incarcerated and detained youth and contributes to the field of dance in areas such as restorative and trauma informed practices for the dance classroom, and choreography as an expressive wellness practice. This research and advocacy considers issues of confinement and freedom, governmental approaches to rehabilitation, juvenile justice, autonomy, democracy, and trauma-informed pedagogy. She has published articles in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, and a chapter in Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship: Promoting Civic Engagement through Effective Dance Pedagogies.
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Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, and Practices
Dance Education and Responsible Citizenship: Promoting Civic Engagement through Effective Dance Pedagogies
Dance Education in Practice
Awarded an NEA $35,000 research grant in the arts to support social and emotional (SEL) health in a juvenile probation and post-adjudication correctional facility for teen girls via dance learning as an intervention.
Contributed a book chapter entitled "Classroom as Laboratory: Teacher Self-Study and Dance Education" in the book Dance Research Methodologies: Ethics, Orientations, and Practices