My research focuses on the intersection of dance, community, and empathy-building. Key to my inquiry are questions surrounding inclusion and wellness:
- What is the purpose of dance and who gets to participate?
- How does dance, past and present, provide insight into our global human condition?
- How might we use dance and movement for healing, personally and communally?
- How might I use these questions to inspire deeper curiosity, openness, and agency in myself, my students, and my community?
Angela Yetzke, MFA, CMA, is a Michigan-based choreographer, educator, and writer whose work blurs the mediums of dance, theater, voice, and visual art for works on the stage and off. Angela is the founder and artistic director of The Elephant Project, an initiative dedicated to trauma recovery through dance, art, and movement. Dedicated to the preservation and transmission of authentic and vernacular Jazz Dance, Angela is a leader in ongoing national conversations surrounding the decolonization of dance pedagogy and practices within higher education. In 2014 she received her certification as a movement analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, enabling her to coach dancers and non-dancers alike in effective movement communication. Angela is an assistant professor of dance at Hope College in Holland, MI, teaching Laban Movement Analysis, Composition, Improvisation, Jazz, and Modern/Contemporary. She holds an MFA in Choreography/Performance from the University of WI – Milwaukee and a BA in Dance from Western MI University.