Sharon Friedler

Sharon Friedler, Stephen Lang Professor of Performing Arts and Professor of Dance Emerita at Swarthmore College (1985-2016), was also Director of Dance at Swarthmore College from 1985-2014. Her degrees are from Colby College (B.A.) and Southern Methodist University (M.F.A.). Over the years, she taught courses on the arts as social change, dance composition, dance and film, African and modern dance techniques and other history/theory courses.  Previously she directed and taught in dance programs at the Universities of Minnesota-Duluth (1976-85), and Missouri-Columbia (1974-76). Her research interests include dance and gender, the traditional and contemporary dances of Ghana, as well as developing dance curricula for diverse populations. Co-editor of the book Dancing Female: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance (1997), she was chief dance examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization (2000- 2016) and continues as a principal dance examiner.  Sharon has choreographed over eighty works for concert stage, opera, and musical theatre for professional and college productions in Canada, Ghana, Italy, Poland, and various venues in the United States. Since 2016 Sharon and her husband, Jon Sherman have also been teaching in the Philadelphia area in the Dance for PD program working with people with Parkinson disease.

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