Assistant Professor of Dance, Radford University
M.F.A. Dance, University of Arizona
B.F.A. Dance, University at Buffalo
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Experience teaching a broad range of disciplines and levels
Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award
Challenged us in a supportive environment. Fantastic teacher!
"She is positive, enthusiastic, and provides constructive criticism." ~Intermediate Modern Dance student
"Amy is a gem. She is talented, knowledgeable, and compassionate. She is always prepared for class, has a great deal of experience to teach, and does so in a fun but challenging manner. She is always pushing me to be my best." ~Musical Theatre Dance student
"Amy is such an inspiration. She is always encouraging me not only as a dance student but as a young woman. She is such a
knowledgeable person when it comes to teaching students in the way they learn best. She is really willing to help and stay after for questions and technique work. I love walking into her classroom because of her positive attitude. AMAZING" ~Intermediate Jazz Dance student
"The instructor was great! She was always helpful and made the class fun and challenging. She encouraged the class to think in depth about the choreographic process." ~Choreographic Studies student
"She is an excellent instructor of this course- she provides great feedback, constructive/challenging combinations, & is very relate-able." ~Advanced Jazz Dance student
VanKirk, A. L., North Carolina Dance Education Organization Conference, "UltraBarre Dance Conditioning," National Dance Education Organization, Greensboro, NC. (January 28, 2017).
VanKirk, A. L., NDEO Special Topics Conference: Jazz Dance: Roots & Branches in Practice, "Latin Jazz Fusion: Engaging Students with the Passion of Ballroom Dance," National Dance Education Organization, Newport, RI USA. (August 1, 2016).
VanKirk, A. L., FOCUS ON DANCE EDUCATION: Engaging in the Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting, "Investigating American Contemporary Dance: Pedagogy, Practice and History," National Dance Education Organization, Phoenix, AZ USA. (October 8, 2015).
VanKirk, A. L., SDHS/CORD joint conference, “Cut and Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity”, "The Apollonian codification of American Contemporary Dance," Society of Dance History Scholars/ Congress on Research in Dance, Athens, Greece. (June 5, 2015).
VanKirk, A. L., National Dance Education Organization: Focus on Dance Education: A Mosaic of Possibilities, "The Collaborative Process: Educating Students to Bridge Healthy Relationships," National Dance Education Organization, Chicago, IL, USA. (November 8, 2014).
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Full list of presentations, workshops, and research available upon request.