Julie Kerr-Berry, Ed.D.

Professor & Department Chair

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 scholarly work focuses on the intersections of dance, race, and history specific to how Whiteness operates.

In 2019, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at MSU,M.  She has a forthcoming book chapter entitled “The Africanist Presence in Jazz Dance.” In 2012, she received a “Top Paper Citation” from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She was awarded Minnesota Dance Educator of the Year in 2018. In 2010 she received an Outstanding Leadership Award from NDEO. The American College Dance Association recognized her choreographic work through Gala Concert selections. 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, which later motivated her travels to Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, she co-led a study abroad course to Paris, France, which focused on Parisian dance history. Julie studied with seminal figures in classical modern dance techniques, namely, Hellmut Gottschild (Wigman) and Ann Vachon (Limón).

Later, she studied Umfundalai technique, an African-based dance technique with Dr. Kariamu Welsh-Asante. She is an avid yoga practitioner, which keeps movement alive in her body and supports her creative and scholarly research endeavors.

In 2020, Julie just completed 200 hours of yoga Teaching Training through CorePower Yoga and is certified to teach Vinyasa yoga. She earned her EdD and MEd in Dance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Recent Publications:

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Uprooting Whiteness in Dance Hiring Practices.” Article (in progress).

Julie Kerr-Berry, “Africanist Elements in American Jazz Dance.” Book chapter: Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches (2nd edition; in progress). Editors: Lindsay Guarino, Carlos Jones, and Wendy Oliver.

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

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