Check Yourself


As a queer dance professor, I understand the necessity to provide the safest space for my students to create, engage, and explore. As an LMA certified educator, I have found that investigative research of one’s natural gate, preferred movement quality, identity in creative practice, and pedagogical perspective is crucial to the development of artists. How are we as educators assessing movement with the students’ identity in mind? How are we mentoring future educators to create an even safer arena in which to share? Do you check yourself in how you communicate with your mentees? This paper will discuss how to “check yourself” and provide information on how using LMA concepts in dance technique, pedagogy, composition, and rehearsals can create a safer arena and support students in finding their authentic self and provide encouragement and confidence.


Queer, Laban, Dance, Movement


Learner Diversity and Identities


Virtual Lightning Talk


  • Whitney Moncrief
    • Assistant Professor, Dance, Western Michigan University, United States United States
    • Whitney Moncrief, Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University, earned her M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Artistic credits include a professional performance career with ODC/San Francisco as well as Hubbard Street 2, under the direction of Julie Nakagawa, where she was also Artistic Associate. Performance credits include works by choreographers such as Lou Conte, Robert Battle, Alex Ketley, Aszure Barton, KT Nelson and Brenda Way, performing throughout the United States, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and Luxembourg.