Billie Lepczyk

Billie Lepczyk

Professor - Dance

Billie Lepczyk is recognized worldwide for her research in movement analysis and dance style and for the creative dance course she developed at Virginia Tech for the University Curriculum for Liberal Education.

Her research includes the movement styles of classical ballet, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and George Balanchine’s neo-classic ballet and the dance theories of the traditional “Seven Movements in Dancing” and “Margaret H’Doubler’s Classification of Movement Qualities.”

The National Dance Association published the prototype of her creative dance curriculum as a monograph entitled Dance Literacy: Creative Dance as a Writing Intensive Course.

She was instrumental in developing the Dance Company of Virginia Tech and the Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

Contact Me

(540) 231-7282
lepczyk@vt.edu
345 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Production/Research Areas: Creative Dance, Dance Style, Movement Analysis
  • Teaching Areas: Creative Dance, Dance Literacy

Education & Training

  • Ed.D., Columbia University
  • Certified Professional Notator, Dance Notation Bureau
  • Certified Movement Analyst, Dance Notation Bureau
  • Certified Labanotation Teacher, Dance Notation Bureau
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Michigan State University

Who has most influenced you? Why?

The inspiration for designing a course accessible to all undergraduate students to experience dance-making is the result of my association with the late Maxine Greene, the educator/philosopher who promoted the arts as a fundamental learning tool in education.

Maxine was Philosopher-in-Residence at the Lincoln Center Institute and my doctoral advisor at Teachers College-Columbia University.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Co-Editor, Dance: Current Selected Research, Voumes 5,6,7, and 8
  • Board of Reviewers, Journal of Movement Arts Literacy
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, International Council of Kinetography Laban
  • Board of Directors, Dance Notation Bureau
  • Charter member, National Dance Education Organization
  • Congress on Research in Dance
  • Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

Honors & Awards

  • Academy of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • William E. Wine University Teaching Award, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • University Dance Educator of the Year Award, National Dance Association, 2009
  • National Dance Association Scholar/Artist Award, 1998
  • Summer Fellow, Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Virginia Tech , 2000
  • Fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban
  • Fellow of the Research Council of the Society of Health and Physical Educators 
  • Teachers College Fellow of Columbia University

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