Erin Strong

Erin’s work as a dance educator is grounded in the belief that dance is a way of knowing and thinking about one’s world.

Director of Dance

Erin E. Strong joined the faculty of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA in 2005 teaching various levels of modern contemporary, ballet, and jazz technique. In addition to technique classes, Erin teaches choreography and co-teaches a musical theater elective. She has directed large-scale musicals such as Hairspray, A Chorus Line, and Ragtime. In addition to her work within the Theater and Dance Department, Erin has designed and organized arts focused Learning in the World trips to South Africa, NYC, and Scotland. She served as Chair of the Theater and Dance Department from 2008-2014 and as the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion 10th grade course head. Erin has also served for many years as a house counselor and academic advisor.

Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Erin performed and taught for several years throughout New York and New Jersey, most prominently as a member of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. She has also danced with Ipswich Moving Company, Deborah Damast, Renata Celichowska, and the NYU Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Erin earned her BS in dance from Skidmore College as the first recipient of the Margaret Paulding Award for Excellence in Dance. She worked for several years with Skidmore's Summer Dance Workshops, studying closely with, among others, the José Limón Company, Trisha Brown Company, and Mark Morris Dance Group. Erin earned her masters and teacher's certification in K-12 Dance Education from NYU, being honored as a Susan Hersh Scholar. She has presented her work at the National Dance Education Organization conference and NYU’s Arts Education Conference. Erin co-founded the NDEO student chapter at NYU and was a founding member of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization.

As a teacher Erin has a particular interest in helping students develop their artistry through the creation of their own choreography. She seeks to provide her students with opportunities to understand how their work in the dance studio can be transposed into the greater global world. Erin's work as a dance educator is grounded in the belief that dance is a way of knowing and thinking about one's world.
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