Janice H. Roberts


Treasurer, (NASD Board of Directors)
Elected September 2017, term ends September 2020

Janice H. Roberts is Professor of Dance at St. Olaf College, where she has served as chair of the dance program for 17 years.

Professor Roberts is the recipient of numerous grants, including Dance/USA and National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces, Dance-College Component Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant for Artistic Activity, SEMAC Original Works Grant, two Minnesota Dance Alliance Visiting Artist Grants, and the St. Olaf College Release Time Grant for Artistic Activity.

Her professional performing career includes eight years (1986-94) with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had the opportunity to perform the works of a multitude of prominent choreographers, including Kei Takei, Alwin Nikolais, Pilobolus, Murray Louis, Joanie Smith and Danny Shapiro, Bill Evans, Jamey Hampton, Tandy Beal, Douglas Nielsen, Jerry Pearson, Alyson Chase, Phyllis Lamhut, Claudia Melrose, Val Caniparoli, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury and Donna White. During this time, she also worked as a solo artist and guest choreographer with several universities and professional companies. In January of 1995, she and her husband were Sage Cowles Land Grant Artists in Dance at the University of Minnesota. In 2001-02, Professor Roberts danced and toured with A. Ludwig Dance Theatre in Arizona. During 2005-06, she toured nationally performing Swing a Club: facing cancer, an evening-length group work choreographed and performed by her husband, Anthony Roberts.

Professor Roberts has been an NASD visiting evaluator since 1997. She has served on the Committee on Nominations, and has participated numerous times as an Annual Meeting presenter and Moderator.

Professor Roberts holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Utah.

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Posted September 2017