Ms. Melissa Teodoro
Melissa Teodoro holds an MA degree in Dance Ethnology from the University of California in Los Angeles, and an MFA degree in Performance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has worked at Slippery Rock University since the fall of 2003, and has taught Dance History II, Wellness for Dance, Creative Dance for Children, Dance Improvisation, Dance Composition, Introduction to Dance, Modern and Jazz techniques, among other courses. When not in the classroom or dance studio, Ms. Teodoro continues developing her research of Afro-Colombian dance forms. She has been awarded various grants that have supported her research such as the UCLA Latin American Studies Research Grant, The University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies Fellowship and the PASSHE Professional Development Grant. These awards have enabled her to travel to both urban and remote regions of Colombia to pursue ethnographic research. Other grants such as the SRU President’s Award for International Professional Development has allowed Ms. Teodoro to present her research at various international conferences such as Congress of Research in Dance (CORD), Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM), Caribbean Studies Association Conference, among others. While most of her research findings are translated into scholarly papers, Ms. Teodoro thoroughly enjoys bringing her research into the classroom, studio and stage. Dance pieces such as Cumbia: an Eternal Quest, Candela Viva and Fandango have been performed by SRU students off and on campus venues.