Julie Kerr-Berry, Ed.D.

Professor & Director of Dance

Address: 210 Performing Arts (PA 210)
Phone: (507) 389-2125
Email: julie.kerr-berry@mnsu.edu


  • Ed.D. in Dance from Temple University
  • M.Ed. in Dance from Temple University
  • B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa

Julie is a Professor and Dance Program Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is Editor Emerita of the Journal of Dance Education. Her numerous publications focus on the intersections of dance, race, and history in dance education. Julie’s most recent publication was a book chapter entitled, Counterstorytelling in Concert Dance History Pedagogy: Challenging the White Dancing Body. In 2019 she received two prestigious awards. The first was when she was nominated as Minnesota Dance Educator of the Year. The second was as a recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at MSU,M. In 2012, she received a Top Paper Citation from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). In 2010 she received an Outstanding Leadership Award from NDEO. The American College Dance Association recognized her creative research through Gala Concert selections for her choreographic work. In 2013, her work Inside Out was selected. In 2014, her work, War Story was the 2nd Alternate for ACDA’s 2014 National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. As a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, she became an advocate of international dance education. Currently she co-leads a study abroad course for students to study dance in Paris, France. Julie dance training was with seminal figures in classical modern dance techniques, namely, Hellmut Gottschild (German Expressionist-based, Wigman) and Ann Vachon (based on the work of José Limón). Later, she studied Umfundalai technique, an African-based dance technique with Dr. Kariamu Welsh-Asante. She is an avid practitioner of Vinyasa yoga which supports the mind/body connection essential for her teaching, writing, and dance making.

Recent Publications:
Julie Kerr-Berry, “Counterstorytelling in Concert Dance History Pedagogy: Challenging the White Dancing Body.”  Book chapter published in 2018, in The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education. Editors: Amelia M. Kraehe, Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, B. Stephen Carpenter, II.

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Reshaping Dance History by Deconstructing Whiteness.  Book chapter published in 2017, in Dance Pedagogy for Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Theory, Research, and Practice.  Contributing authors: Nyama McCarthy-Brown (Editor): Takiyah Nur Amin, and Corrine Nagata. 

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Peeling Back the Skin of Racism: Real History and Race in Dance Education.” Article published in 2016, in the Journal of Dance Education” 16.4 (2016): 119-121.

Julie Kerr-Berry, Sexuality, Gender and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education. Co-editor along with Doug Risner and contributing author in 2016.  New York, NY: Routledge

Creative Research:
Julie Kerr-Berry (Choreographer), Selection for Gala Concert, War Story performed at the 2014 North Central Region, American College Dance Festival Association University of Wisconsin, Madison; Second Alternate Piece [not performed]: National Festival, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

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