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Physical Education

Karen Smith

Professor, Director-Washington College Dance Minor & Dance Program

Professor of Physical Education
Artistic Director, Washington College Dance Company

Program Director - Dance Minor

  • B.S., University of Maryland, 1967
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 1972
  • Physical Mind Institute, Certification in Pilates Mat, Standing, and Apparatus

Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Dance for Musical Theater, Dance History, Dance Composition & Choreography, Dance Production, Nutrition, Pilates, Yoga, Ballroom Dance, Golf, Lifetime Fitness

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•   Executive Director, Maryland Council for Dance, Inc.

  • Scientific Committee, Conseil International de la Danse (CID/UNESCO)
  • Executive Committee, International Dance Council (CID/UNESCO)
  • National Chair of the Advisory Committee for Nu Delta Alpha - the National Dance Honor Society
  • Dance Representative - Arts Education in Maryland Schools Consortium (AEMS) Steering Committee
  • Board Member - National Dance Association

Recent Publications

  • Author, Dancing Longer/Dancing Stronger: Health interventions & Alternative Therapies to Maximize a Dancer’s Career, 2012, Proceedings of the 33rd International Congress on Dance, Athens, Greece
  • Author, Hula, The Heartbeat of the Hawai’ian People, 2012, Proceedings of the 32nd World Congress on Dance Research, Republic of San Marino
  • Author, Popular Dance: Ballroom to Hip Hop, Chelsea House Publishers, 2010
  • Author, May I Have the Honor? From the Baroque Ballroom to Ballet, 2010, Proceedings of the 31st International Congress on Dance, Didymoteicho, Greece
  • Author, May I Have the Pleasure? Court Dancing during the Renaissance, 2009, Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Dance, Malaga, Spain
  • Author, chapter on Pilates in Teaching Cues for Secondary Physical Education and Sport, 2007
  • Author, The Phenomenon Of Nutcracker–A Hard Nut To Crack, Proceedings of the 21st International Congress on Dance, Athens, Greece, 2007
  • Author, From the Village to the Theater: Shaping Traditional Dance for the Concert Venue, Proceedings of the World Dance Alliance Global Assembly, Toronto, 2006
  • Author, The Powwow Trail: Native American Dance Traditions in a Contemporary World, Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Dance, Athens, Greece, 2006
  • Author, Mask, Ritual, & Dance: Art Initiatives of Three Primary Cultures of the Primitive World, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress on Dance, Athens, Greece, 2005

Other Interesting Facts

  • Member, Chester River Chorale
  • Silver Medal (golf), National Senior Olympics, Norfolk, VA, 2003
  • Bronze Medal (golf), National Senior Olympics, Pittsburgh, 2005
  • Gold Medal (golf), MD Senior Games -2006, DE Senior Games -2008, 2010, 2012
  • Gold Medal (golf), National Senior Olympics, Louisville, KY -2007, San Francisco - 2009, Houston, 2011
  • Winner, Women’s Peninsula Golf Association Championship, 2008

Courses Taught

Dance Classes

  • History of Dance - Fall, Tues-Thur 1:00-2:15pm
  • Modern Dance I - Fall, Tues-Thurs 2:30
  • Modern Dance II Spring Tues-Thurs 2:30
  • Ballet I - Spring, Mon-Wed 3:30
  • Tap Dance Fall Mon-Wed 12:30 (Tap Shoes)
  • Jazz & Musical Theater Dance - Mon-Wed. 12:30
  • Dance Composition Fall TBA
  • Dance Production Spring TBA
  • Pilates Mat class Fall Tues.-Thurs. 2:30-3:20, Spring TTh 1-2:15 Non-restrictive clothing

Physical Education

  • Golf Fall I, Spring II Tues-Thur. 11:30am
  • Nutrition Fall II, Tues-Th 11:30am
  • Lifetime Fitness Spring I Tues-Th 11:30am
  • Ballroom Dance Fall Wed 6-7:30 (Hard-soled shoes)
  • Yoga Fall II, Mon.-Wed. 2:30pm (Non-restrictive clothing)