Stacy Pottinger joined Carthage’s faculty as director of the dance minor and assistant adjunct professor of theatre in 2009. She holds a B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.A. in dance education from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before coming to Carthage, she was a faculty member at Ball State University (2007-2008), and co-directed Riverbend Dance Arts, a nonprofit dance school in Hastings, Minn. (1999-2004). Her work has included a variety of interdisciplinary projects and collaborations with composers, musicians, video animators and teaching professionals of varying subjects. She continues to pursue opportunities to develop as a dance artist and draws inspiration from such experiences to share with her students.
Ms. Pottinger has performed professionally since 1996. She has worked with many independent dance artists and companies based in Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin and beyond. She performed with the Christopher Watson Dance Company (1996-2009), Biodance (2006-2007), Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company (2009), the City Children’s Nutcracker (1997-1998), and has worked with internationally known artists including Bill Evans and Juanita Suarez. Her choreographic work has been presented in venues up and down the United States, including the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Theater in Dallas, Texas; the Image Movement Sound Festival in Rochester, N.Y.; the Forum in Jonesboro, Ark.; and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Her work “Collapsible Man” was adjudicated and selected for the gala concert at the American College Dance Festival in Athens, Ohio (2006), and she was featured as a guest choreographer for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls dance concert in 2009.
Ms. Pottinger is a co-recipient of numerous grants including the Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) Small Grants/Community Arts (2000-2004); Target Foundation Special Projects Grants (2000-2004); the Hastings, Minn., Youth First Mini-Grant (2000); and a Global Interdependence and Cultural Diversity Grant (2006) from the Brockport Better Community Organization. She is also a recipient of the SUNY College at Brockport Graduate Student Alumni Award (2006-2007), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Elsa Posey Student Scholarship (2005), and The Dawn and Jacques Lipson, M.D. award in Performing Arts (2005). She was the SUNY College at Brockport Dance Department’s Princess Grace Award Nominee in 2006. She has presented at NDEO conferences and has instructed master classes at the American College Dance Festival and at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota.
At Carthage, Ms. Pottinger was artistic director for the 2010 dance production “Higher Altitudes,” and she coordinated the College’s first student dance concert, “Away from the Mirror.” Her credits at Carthage also include choreography featured in the Theatre Department productions “Lysistrata” (2009); “If You Say So …” (2007); “Collapsible Man” (2006); “Broken-Down Graffiti Train” (2010); and the staging and coaching of Pearl Primus’ “Bushasche Etude” (2003), all of which were presented in the “Higher Altitudes” dance concert.
Ms. Pottinger is presently rehearsing dance works by Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, Holly Jaycox, Angie Yetzke and Kate Digby, which will be performed in July 2010 at the Peck School of the Arts and as part of the Danceworks Inc. summer DanceLab series in Milwaukee. She teaches Modern and Jazz Technique, Introduction to Dance and Improvisation, and Dance History.
- B.F.A. — Dance performance, Southern Methodist University
- M.A. — Dance education, State University of New York College at Brockport
- M.F.A. — Dance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- THR 1041 Applied Dance: Ballet I
- THR 1044 Applied Dance: Jazz I
- THR 1120 Introduction to Dance and Improvisation
- THR 3050 Dance History
DanceLAB 2010 — July 16-17, 2010 Presented by The DanceLAB and UWM Dance Department. Dancemakers 2010 — July 30-31, 2010 Presented by the Peck School of the Arts Dance Department, a collection of work by Dance MFA students.