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Delisa Myles, M.F.A. - Instructor
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Academic Statement (Return to top)
Delisa is a dancer, choreographer and educator and has been active in all three capacities for the last twenty-five years. She has danced professionally with several modern dance companies in Western US and in Europe. Delisa is the co-founder of Human Nature Dance Theatre, an interdisciplinary collective of performing artists from Northern Arizona. Her areas of expertise include choreography, performance, dance improvisation, environmental performance, and intergenerational and community connections through performing arts. Her teaching draws from studies in contemporary dance, yoga, contact improvisation, authentic movement, physical theatre and butoh. She is known for drawing out the unique expression of each student and at the same time cultivating a strong sense of collaboration between students. She is interested in furthering both the healing potential and the artistic rigor of dance.
Current college courses
Choreography and Performance, The Art of Making Dance, Contemporary Dance Training, Choreography in the Community, Introduction to Dance and Improvisation, Interdisciplinary Performance
Argentine Tango, Nature Moving Women, Dance Skills for Human Kind
Background & Experience
Selected Publications (Return to top)
Delisa's choreography in inter-generational performance has been featured in Utne Reader, Contact Quarterly and Movement Research.
Presentations (Return to top)
Delisa was awarded an Artists Project Grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts for directing the intergenerational performance and photography project, Mothership: Dances of the Fluid Feminine, a collaboration of dance, spoken word and photography involving seven women between the ages of 25-83. This project was a vehicle to investigate and express the mysteries, fears and gifts of the aging processes of women. Mothership toured Arizona and was chosen to be the opening performance for the Southwest Region of The American College Dance Festival.
Two of Delisa’s performances, Too Small To Tell, solo performance (2006) and Small Moment of Sky, a collaborative performance with four choreographers (2009) were chosen as Pick of the Fringe at the Boulder International Fringe Festival.
In 2007 Delisa was a collaborator in Dance Down River, a Human Nature Dance Theatre project involving an eighteen day river trip on the Colorado River through 250 miles of the Grand Canyon. The film Dance Down River was created from that trip and was premiered at Northern Arizona University in 2008.
In 2010 Human Nature Dance Theatre created Animal Etiquette, a performance exploring themes of feral and domestic, human and animal and manners and primal urges. Animal Etiquette toured Arizona and was hosted by Water in the Desert Festival in Portland, Oregon. The project was funded by Arizona Commission on the Arts and Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland.
Research (Return to top)
Delisa continues to enrich her dance and artistic interests with ongoing studies and research in yoga, contact improvisation, tango, butoh, voice work, Feldenkrais, writing practice, observance of the natural world and meditation.
Awards, Grants, & Honors (Return to top)
Artist Project Grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts for Mothership: Dances of the Fluid Feminine
Professional Development Grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts
Project Grant with Water in the Desert from Regional Arts and Culture Council- Portland, Oregon
Arts and Community Grant from Belgian Brewing Company and Sudden Opportunity Grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts for Flourish Before the Flood, a traveling performance along the banks of Granite Creek in Prescott, AZ.
Education (Return to top)
Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography and Performance from University of Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Minor in Dance from University of Northern Colorado
Expertise (Return to top)
Her areas of expertise include choreography, performance, dance improvisation, environmental performance, and intergenerational and community connections through performing arts.
Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)
Areas of Study