Pamela Geber Handman is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah where she also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Among the array of courses she teaches: contemporary modern technique, improvisation, composition, dance kinesiology, teaching methods/pedagogy, advanced principles of teaching and has served as director for the department’s Performing Dance Company, a company for which she regularly choreographs. Pamela has been on faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Bennington College’s July program in Vermont and has taught both dance and music in several K-12 schools throughout New York City. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle with an emphasis in dance science and education, a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an emphasis in performance and choreography, and a certification in Carl Orff’s teaching pedagogy for dance and music from Bloomingdale House of Music in New York City. She has performed professionally with Sara Rudner, Wendy Perron, David Gordon, Fred Darsow and in works by Stephen Koester, David Dorfman, Susan Marshall, Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Zvi Gotheiner as well as reconstructions by Vaslav Nijinsky, Alwin Nikolais and Doris Humphrey. Pamela has performed duet works with partner, Eric Handman, including original and commissioned choreography.
Pamela has had an ongoing fascination with experiental anatomy and somatic areas of study. As one of the co-founders of the Dance Kinesiology Teachers’ Group in 2002 (recently re-named the Dance Science and Somatics Educators) and a long-time member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) serving for awhile on the Education Committee, Pamela has organized and presented many sessions, published within IADMS’ journal, as well as hosted several conferences and workshops bringing together dance science and somatics educators to share educational ideas and resources for teaching dancers. Pamela has also been a student of the Alexander Technique, Ideokinesis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, continuing to integrate somatic principles and practices within her own teaching.
With a recent interest working with special needs populations and mixed ability communities, Pamela organized and co-taught (alongside esteemed local writer, Melissa Bond), a workshop entitled “Jump Start”: a dance and story-sharing workshop for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. A documentary film is currently being finalized as a means of advocating for an integrative and arts-inclusive education for individuals with special needs as well as further developing a scholarship fund for individuals with Down Syndrome to enroll in arts programs. The documentary will also serve as a springboard for future, similar projects in which University students will receive extra pedagogical training to work with a special needs/mixed ability populations centered around dance. Several projects of this sort are in the works for the upcoming academic year, one of which is generously funded by Utah’s State Office of Education.
Pamela Geber Handman
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor
Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah
330 South 1500 East #106
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0280