Acclaimed Dance Educator James Frazier Lectures about His Craft Feb. 4 at Brenau University

Aug 26, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Originally published on 2/01/10

Dr. James Frazier, associate professor and the chair of the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present an open-to-the-public lecture at 2:30 p.m. at Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall on the Brenau University Gainesville campus.

There is no admission charge for the lecture, which is entitled “The Radical Act of Being.” In addition to the lecture, Frazier will be teaching and working with Brenau dance students and teaching master classes through Friday, Feb. 5.

James Frazier
In addition to a remarkable stage presence, he has served in administrative and artistic capacities in education and performance.


“James Frazier’s remarkable combination of academic accomplishments, artistic ability and personal warmth has made him an outstanding role model,” said Vincas Greene, chairman of Brenau University’s highly regarded dance program. “The Brenau University Department of Dance in honored to have him as our guest, and we are doubly excited to be able to share our good fortune with the community.”

Frazier received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University. He earned a doctorate of education in dance from Temple University in Philadelphia.

In addition to academic work, Frazier was a founding member of Washington D.C.’s Edgeworks Dance Theater. His choreographic work has been presented across the United States at festivals, in summer intensive programs, and at numerous venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

He was a member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre in Texas and Kokuma Dance Theatre Company in Birmingham, England. He has performed with dance companies based in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Richmond, Va.

In 2006 the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA) presented Frazier with the Alma Hawkins Award for Emerging Leadership in the field of dance.

In 2009 he was voted President-Elect of CODA, was asked to become co-chair ICFAD’s Diversity Task Force, and staged a ballet on the Richmond Ballet Company for its New Works Festival. Frazier is a past recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.

Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall is adjacent to the Brenau University Trustee Library at 625 Academy St., Gainesville.

Brenau offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance studies as well as two Master of Fine Arts degrees in dance and dance education. For more information on the program, click here.