Catherine Horta-Hayden

Member, NASD Commission on Accreditation
Elected September 2021, term ends September 2024

Catherine Horta-Hayden is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Dance at Towson University. She also served as Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs from 2007 – 2010. Professor Horta-Hayden served as President of the International Council of Researchers in Pedagogical Studies (CORPS) de Ballet in Higher Education, in addition to serving in various statewide arts organizations.

Professor Horta-Hayden was invited to research the pedagogy of the National Ballet School of Cuba and taught at the Lizt Alfonso Cuban Dance Company while in Havana, Cuba. She authored the project “Cuban Dance; Enhancing the Cultural Fabric of Baltimore,” which brought 600 Baltimore County middle school youth and teachers to Towson University to expose them to Afro-Cuban history, culture, music and dance. She served as co-director and choreographer for the project “Love Through Time,” an intercultural project performed in Germany and the United States, which brought students from Germany, Cuba, and the United States together to create an a cappella choral concert that included music, percussion, and dance. Professor Horta-Hayden also collaborated with the Ruth Page School of Dance and the Cuban National Ballet School to offer the inaugural 2019 Cuban National Ballet School Teaching Seminar at Towson University. Her most current research, Integrating Rotator Discs Into Ballet Training, was chosen for presentation at the 2014 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science’s Annual Meeting in Basel, Switzerland; the 2015 Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference in Tampa, Florida; the 2015 World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress in Singapore; and at the 2018 CORPS de Ballet International Conference in Florence, Italy.

Professor Horta-Hayden currently serves NASD as a Member of the Committee on Ethics.

Professor Horta-Hayden received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University.

Posted October 2021