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Movement Sciences

Email: Movement Sciences
College of Education
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2401
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2401
Phone: (208) 885-7921
Fax: (208) 885-5929

MS Faculty Belle Baggs

Belle Baggs

Office: PEB 203
Phone: (208) 885-6273
Email: belleb@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Movement Sciences College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-2401

College of Education
Movement Science
Clinical Assistant Professor | Dance, Co-Program Coordinator

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2011

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Dance Composition, Improvisation, Dance Pedagogy, Somatic Practices in Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance Techniques, Laban Movement Analysis
  • Biography

    Belle Baggs is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Movement Sciences at the University of Idaho. She is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and advocate for the arts. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from University of Utah and through her awarded University Teaching Assistantship she focused on dance pedagogy. She also received her Certificate of Laban Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies program under the directorship of Peggy Hackney. She was a continual member of the Performing Dance Company in Utah in works by Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti and has performed at the National College Dance Festival in New York City in work by Rosa Vissers. She has also danced professionally as a member of influxdance a company based out of Salt Lake City dedicated to build community and social change through innovative choreography. Her training and research is based in Laban based somatic practices integrated in contemporary modern dance techniques, dance pedagogy methodologies, and creative process inquiry; including performance improvisation. She is recently a co-founder of the BASK art collective—a group of artists engaging in extended community projects considering social projections and sources of empowerment for women in the Arts.

  • Selected Publications
    • Beyond Words: An Embodied Empathic Process, 2011, UMI Dissertation Publishing.
  • Research Projects

    Current Projects

    IAHPERD Presentation “Get Fit and Smart at the Same Time”
    (Idaho Association Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance)
    Co-Presented with Dr. Christa Davis (Lewiston State College, ID)
    Moscow, ID
    Presentation focused on integrating dance/movement with academic subjects in public schools systems.
    Spring 2013

    Guest Presenter at Performatica: Moving the Future: Creating dance and social justice
    Representing inFluxdance with Rose Pasquerello Beauchamp
    Creative intensive focused on using movement as forum to explore social justice issues; in collaboration with local community members.
    Cholula/Pueblo, Mexico
    Fall 2012

    Current Choreographic Work

    Dance Theatre In Concert: Colliding Contrasts
    Hartung Theatre—University of Idaho
    Moscow, ID
    Fall 2013

    Dancers, Drummers, Dreamers
    Hartung Theatre—University of Idaho
    Northwest Tour (ID, WA)
    Spring 2013

    Burning Beauties
    Dance Theatre In Concert: Keepsakes
    Hartung Theatre—University of Idaho
    Moscow, ID
    Fall 2012

    Collaborative project with Stacy Isenbarger
    Modern dancers and sculpture students moving through an improvisational score using chairs from a current Michael Hosaluk exhibit
    Prichard Art Gallery/Moscow, ID
    Fall 2012

    Northwest American College Dance Festival (ACDF)
    Marriott Center for Dance/Hayes Christensen Theatre—University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Spring 2012
  • Outreach Projects
    BASK Art Collective Workshops and Performance
    Founding member of a collaboration based group dedicated to artistic scholarship in community (Alexandra Teague, Stacy Isenbarger & Kristin Elgersma)
    “Play Like a Girl”—Community Workshop October 2013
    Performance slated for April 2014
    Current city: Moscow, ID

    Dance Theatre Fall Concert
    Moscow, ID
    A showcase of guest artist, faculty, and student choreography.
    Yearly concert 2011-2013
  • Awards and Honors
    Professor of the Year 2012-2013 Year, University of Idaho Gamma Phi Beta—Xi Chapter, Awarded Spring 2013