Catherine J. Fellows
Dance Program Director
Catherine J. Fellows, Professor of Dance Education at Central Connecticut State University, she has been a faculty member since 1976. During her tenure, Fellows has pioneered, designed and implemented the Dance Education major and dance minor in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance.
Her experience and expertise in teaching, performing, and choreography have led to many successful residencies, performances and presentations at colleges and universities, public and private schools, conferences and conventions. She developed the statewide High School Dance Festival bringing over 300 dance students annually to the CCSU campus. This successful community engagement event is well known throughout the New England promoting dance education.
She has toured internationally performing, guest teaching and presenting dance workshops in England, Italy, and Hungary. She is well recognized for her regional and local work.
Fellows established the CCSU Artist in Residence program bringing to the area world renowned companies and international acclaimed choreographers and dance companies; Merce Cunningham, Jennifer Muller/The Works, The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Paul Taylor: Taylor 2, and Hubbard Street to name a few. As a choreographer, Fellows has created over one hundred works including her renowned full length modern ballets: Barefoot, Fullswing, Come Together, and Soul to Sole. She annually directs mainstage dance concerts open to the general public. As a performing artist, she was recently seen in Peacebelt, Gratitude, Migrant Mother, and 129 and Beyond. She actively works on the national, regional, and state level promoting dance in education. She has served numerous times on CTAHPERD’s executive board. Awards include: Shape America, Eastern District Outstanding Professional Award in Dance, 2015; CTAHPERD’s Professional Honor Award, 2011; The CT Dance Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award, 2009; CTAHPERD’s Professional Merit Award, 2001; AAHPERD Merit Award in Dance, 1989.
Under Fellows’ guidance, CCSU is host to the CT Dance Teacher Certification Program and Formal Pathway to Dance Certification. Catherine is very proud of her Central student’s successes; many are placed as dance educators in public and private schools. Professor Fellows is very passionate about her work in Dance Education and is determined to see that all students K-12 have the opportunity to be educated through Dance by ensuring that Connecticut public schools employ certified dance educators.
Please visit: www.ccsu.edu/dance