Associate Professor - Dance
Ali Duffy is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University, where she also teaches in the Honors College. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Flatlands Dance Theatre, a professional dance company in Lubbock. Ali is currently a doctoral candidate (PhD, ABD) at Texas Woman’s University and holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison. UNC Charlotte recently awarded her the inaugural College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award. TTU has honored her with a 2016 Service Learning Fellowship, an invitation into the 2016 President’s Leadership Institute, the 2016 Apple Polishing award, the 2015 and 2010 Gloria Lyerla Memorial Research Award, two Creative Arts and Humanities grants, the 2012 New Faculty Award, and acceptance into its regarded Teaching Academy.
Ali’s choreography has been selected to appear in a variety of national arenas. Since co-founding FDT in 2010, she has artistically directed all of the company’s productions. Her work has been selected for presentation at Virginia Tech, University of Detroit, UNC Greensboro, COCO Dance Festival the  Festival, Houston Fringe, Austin Dance Festival, Barefoot Brigade Festival, and Colorado Dance Alliance Open Stages production, among others. She has also been commissioned to choreograph for the NC Dances Festival and the National Dance Alliance. She received the 2009 Kristina Larson Excellence in Choreography award. Ali has been commissioned to teach and choreograph at several universities & schools including Lindenwood University, Colorado Mesa University, Elon University, Hollins University, Troy University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, Ballet Lubbock, the NC Dance Project, Danca Nova Company, National Dance Alliance, and American College Dance Festival. With the Charlotte Ballet, she developed educational curricula for university and public school dance programs.
As a scholar and writer, Ali has been recently published in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, Research in Dance Education, World Dance Reviews, Ballet-Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Classical Voice of North Carolina, The World and I, and is featured in The Longwood Guide to Writing. The Dance Critics Association named her their honorary Gary Parks Scholar in 2008, and she was elected to the DCA National Board of Directors in 2010. Her written research has been presented internationally in Australia, Northern Ireland, Hungary, and at national conferences.
Ali has performed internationally with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Line as a dancer, singer, and dance captain. She has performed in American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow, Central Park’s The Gates exhibit, the NC Dances Festival, Choreo Collective, PILOT Festival, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concerts, and has also been invited to perform the contemporary works of Donald McKayle, Patti Colombo, Martha Williams, BJ Sullivan, Ann Dils, Delia Neil, Till Schmidt-Rimpler, Posy Knight, Sarah Gamblin, and Katherine Kiefer Stark.
PhD in Dance (ABD) - Texas Woman's University
MFA in Choreography - University of North Carolina, Greensboro
BA in Dance - University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Professional Certificate in Online Education - University of Wisconsin, Madison
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