Just five years after graduating from HWS, Amanda Herman has earned a place as a faculty member at Barefoot Studios, dedicated to contemporary dance and related arts in Tacoma, Wash.
Barefoot Studios provides interdisciplinary and cross-cultural arts education. According to its Web site, its faculty is comprised of, “… only the highest caliber teachers who are masters of their art or highly trained young professionals with solid grounding in pedagogical theory and practice that honors the art and respects the individual.”
While attaining her B.A. at William Smith, the Puget Sound native double-majored in dance and movement science, and was a residential assistant. Herman also participated in Koshare Dance Collective and studied abroad in Italy. She finished her academic career at the Colleges with honors, magna cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
On the way from HWS to Barefoot Studios, Herman has dedicated herself to a number of projects: she received an M.F.A in dance at the University of Oregon and has become a certified DanceAbility teacher (DanceAbility focuses on being accessible to both people with and without disabilities). In addition, Herman has presented research at the annual International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conference and has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.