Sherrie Barr earned her MFA in performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is certified in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she has a rich history of teaching dance. Sherrie has been a faculty member at various universities, including Michigan State University, University of Oregon, and Potsdam State College of New York. While still teaching for Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Dance Department and its dance education program, she is thrilled to be living in Oregon once again and teaching at Oregon State University.
Throughout the years, Sherrie’s choreography has been presented at numerous venues. Her 2008 solo, Exposed, received recognition as a Maggie Allesee Finalist for new choreography in Michigan. Community-based dance works, such as her 2010 intergenerational endeavor, She Wore Her Sunday Best, have provided her unique opportunities, which she looks forward to continuing in Corvallis. She credits Dan Wagoner, June Finch and Trisha Brown, recognized master teachers and choreographers, for having a significant influence upon her dancing, choreography, and teaching.
Sherrie’s scholarship focuses on the juncture of pedagogy and contemporary choreography. Her work has been presented at national and international conferences, and published in journals such as Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, and Journal of Aesthetic Education. Her research continues to be a vital spark for choreographic and writing projects, and most importantly, teaching, her passion.