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Lodi McClellan


Ballet, Dance History, Teaching Methods, Contemporary Issues in Dance

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Lodi McClellan

photo by Regan McClellan

Lodi began her ballet training as a child with Loyce Holton at the Minnesota Dance Theatre and continued with Sydelle Gomberg, Samuel Kurkjian, Hannah Wiley, Marjorie Mussman, Jocelyn Lorenz, Flemming Halby, Kitty Daniels, and Yasuko and Emi Tokunaga. During a seventeen-year professional career in modern dance, Lodi was a member of the Chamber Dance Company (performing soloist roles in works by José Limon and Doris Humphrey), the Mark Morris Dance Group, Beth Soll and Company, and Llory Wilson and Dancers, and made guest appearances with Nina Wiener and Dancers and many additional freelance artists. She has been teaching ballet technique for thirty-four years. Her teaching credits in both ballet and modern technique include the University of Washington, CENTRUM, American Dance Institute, Strictly Seattle, Dance Fremont!, ARC, Harvard University, Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and many private studios on both coasts.  For three years, she and her colleagues in Beth Soll’s company were Artists-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, choreographing on and teaching modern dance to engineers. In addition to teaching in the Cornish Dance Department for the past eighteen years, she has also taught Performing Arts Criticism, Integrated Studies, Animal Ethics, and Arts Censorship in the Humanities and Sciences Department and Dance History and Dance Writing to Pacific Northwest Ballet summer students.  Lodi was the recipient of the 2013/14 Cornish College of the Arts Teaching Excellence Award. Over one hundred of her dance reviews and articles have been published by the World Dance Alliance, Seattle Weekly, Eastside Week, Dance International, The International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Curve, and DanceNet, for which she also served as Co-Editor. She has researched and presented pre-performance lectures for the Chamber Dance Company, Seattle Theater Group, The Orcas Center and Cornish College of the Arts and served as a panelist and facilitator for the Dance Critics Association. Lodi graduated with honors from Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts and received her BA in Dance, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. She earned a MFA in Dance, specializing in dance criticism, from the University of Washington. Her professional memberships include The Dance Critics Association and The Society of Dance History Scholars.