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 Nola Nolen Holland 



Nola Nolen Holland
 Nola Nolen Holland
 Assistant Professor 
Nola Nolen Holland is the ballet specialist in the Department of Dance. In addition to all levels of ballet technique, she teaches Introduction to Dance, Dance Composition I, Principles of Dance Production, Dance History I, Music for Dance, Practicum II: Repertory, and Senior Synthesis.
As a major area of creative research, Ms. Nolen Holland has choreographed student-focused projects with both dance majors and minors. She has served as the artistic director for SRU Dance Theatre and has presented an evening-length benefit concert of her work. Her student-focused choreography projects have been adjudicated by her peers and have been selected for presentation on The Pittsburgh Dance Council’s Choreographers’ Continuums, The National American College Dance Festival, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, The Biennial Dance Festival at the Université Lumière in Lyon, France, and at the International Dance Alliance Festival in Chennai, India. As a member of CORPS de Ballet International, a professional organization for ballet teachers in higher education, Nolen Holland has also presented her student-focused choreography at the CORPS de Ballet International conferences.
Ms. Nolen Holland is the recipient of numerous grant awards for choreography, research, and professional development. Her most recent SRU President’s International Professional Development award enhanced her being able to develop and conduct the 2013 CORPS de Ballet International Conference in Paris, France. A 2007 SRU President’s International Professional Development Grant provided support for Nolen Holland to accompany three SRU Dance in India Initiative students to Chennai, India for a month-long study of Indian dance and culture. Nolen Holland and music department faculty member Glenn Utsch received a SRU Teaching-Learning-Technology-Roundtable grant for their innovative and collaborative music teaching project and gave presentations on their teaching initiative for two consecutive years at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
In addition to creating the Department of Dance Freshman Mentoring Program, Nolen Holland is a co-founder of the Dance in India Initiative, an international dance study opportunity for undergraduate dance majors. The initiative is currently in its eighth year. Nolen Holland authored a short article about the initiative for the July 2008 Dance Magazine.
Nolen Holland currently serves as the president of the board of directors for CORPS de Ballet International, Inc. In 2013, she planned and presented a Paris, France conference for seventy-five ballet teachers in higher education from the U.S., Canada, England, France and Croatia. For 2014, she is planning a Pittsburgh conference that will be hosted by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2004, Nolen Holland was the only woman among the first eleven inductees to the Del City High School Hall of Fame, Del City, Oklahoma. She was selected from the graduates of the school’s fifty- year history. Nolen Holland has also served as the vice-president for the dance division of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and as vice-chairperson for the Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education.
In January 2013, Human Kinetics published Nolen Holland’s first textbook entitled Music Fundamentals for Dance. The textbook is available internationally along with accompanying web-based workbook available at
Ms. Nolen Holland has received both a B.F.A. in ballet pedagogy and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Oklahoma. She danced professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performing in both the classical ballet repertoire and in contemporary works by choreographers such as Ruth Page, Frederic Franklin, Leonide Massine, Stuart Sebastian, John Taras and Nicholas Petrov. Additionally, Ms. Nolen studied composition and community dance extensively with Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange in Washington, D.C., which led to her receiving two consecutive mini-grants to develop community-based dance teaching projects for the dance students at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she taught for seven years prior to joining the SRU dance faculty . 







Professor Nolen Holland has accompanied dance students on international trips to Chennai, India (2007); Paris, France (2011); and Rome, Italy (2012) and is planning to apply to take students to Paris again in 2015.