Julie L. Pentz, Associate Professor of Dance, Director of the K-State Dance Program
Julie’s contributions of choreography and performance have traveled in the international dance community and her credits include guest appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the International Jazz World Congress, and at the Theatro Libero in Rome, Italy (2004). Julie traveled to Taiwan in 2005, where she performed at Chinese Cultural University, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Tsoying Performing Arts School, Koahsiung Performing Arts School, and Koahsiung Junior High School. In 2006 and 2007 Julie performed jazz and tap dance at the Interdansa in Banyoles-Girona, Spain. More recently she has taught tap dance and studied traditional African dance in Accra, Ghana (2008 and 2010) , is a performance judge for the State Dance Championships, and is a trained facilitator in HealthRhythms.
Julie has an M.F.A. in Theater Arts with a dance emphasis from the University of Arizona, where she taught tap, jazz, modern, theater dance, and improvisation classes. Julie’s university teaching credits include master classes at the National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, Tsoying Performing Arts School in Koahsiung, Taiwan, Shenandoah University, Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College, and Cowley Community, and the American College Dance Festival at Central Oklahoma University. Currently Julie is an Associate Professor of Dance at Kansas State University, teaching jazz and tap dance.
Originally from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Julie graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.F.A. in Dance Education. Prior to Julie’s return to graduate study she performed with The National Tap Ensemble and worked with master tap teachers that include Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Brenda Buffalino, Charles Goddertz, and Jennifer Lane.