Julie Kerr-Berry, Ed.D.

Professor & Department Chair

Address: 210 Performing Arts (PA 210)
Phone: (507) 389-2125
Email: julie.kerr-berry@mnsu.edu

Education:

  • Ed.D. in Dance from Temple University
  • M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University
  • B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa

Biography:
Julie Kerr-Berry is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU,M). She is Editor Emerita of the Journal of Dance Education. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersections of dance, race, and history specific to whiteness. Recently she was named of Minnesota Dance Educator of the Year and was the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at MSU,M (2019). From the National Dance Education Organization, she received a Top Paper Citation (2011), an Outstanding Leadership Award (2012), Executive Director’s Award (2021), and Presidential Award for dedication to the National Dance Education Organization’s, Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project/JDEI Project (2022)The American College Dance Association recognized her creative research. War Story was the 2nd Alternate for ACDA’s 2014 National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. As a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, she became an advocate of international dance education, which later motivated her travels to Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Julie co-leads a study abroad course for students to study dance in Paris, France. She is an avid practitioner of Vinyasa yoga. She earned her EdD and MEd in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. 

Recent Publications:

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Uprooting Whiteness in Dance Hiring Practices.” Article (in progress).

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Africanist Elements in American Jazz Dance.” Book chapter: Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches (2nd edition; in progress). Editors: Lindsay Guarino, Carlos Jones, and Wendy Oliver.

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Counterstorytelling in Concert Dance History Pedagogy: Challenging the White Dancing Body.”  Book chapter published in 2018, in The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education. Editors: Amelia M. Kraehe, Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, B. Stephen Carpenter, II. 

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Reshaping Dance History by Deconstructing Whiteness.  Book chapter published in 2017, in Dance Pedagogy for Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research, and Practice.  Contributing authors: Nyama McCarthy-Brown (Editor): Takiyah Nur Amin, and Corrine Nagata. 

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Peeling Back the Skin of Racism: Real History and Race in Dance Education.” Article published in 2016, in the Journal of Dance Education” 16.4 (2016): 119-121. 

Julie Kerr-Berry, Sexuality, Gender and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education. Co-editor along with Doug Risner and contributing author in 2016.  New York, NY: Routledge

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