JANAEA LYN MCALEE (aka Janaea Rose Lyn) is Residential Dance Faculty (Appointive) at Estrella Mountain Community College and Artistic Director of DancEstrella, the student performing company. A dance artist and educator with a particular a focus on creating and facilitating collaborative work, her most recent article Collaborative Dance Making: Philosophy and Practice was published in the Dance Education in Practice journal (March, 2020). Conference presentations include Creating Across Disciplines: An Integrative Approach To Performing Art Education and Calling as Career: The Intersection of Life and Learning in the Performing Arts. Prior to this position she was Assistant Professor of Dance and Performing Arts Program Coordinator at Cecil College in Maryland. Janaea was Artistic Director of Dance Matrix and Convergence Dancers & Musicians from 1998-2004, and received an Individual Artist Award in Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2001. She has performed and/or presented her choreography in modern dance at such venues as the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Biennale of Contemporary Dance in Poznan, Poland; Akademia Raymond Duncan in Paris France; Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; St. John the Divine and St. Marks Church in NYC; Painted Bride, Merriam Theater, Wilma Theatre and Academy of Music in Philadelphia; and Dance Place in Washington, DC. Janaea is also active as a specialist in the work of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan as a third generation Duncan dancer, historian and co-chair of the Isadora Duncan Archive. Other styles she has studied and performed include Flamenco and Middle Eastern dance.She received her Master of Arts in Choreography/Dance from the Goddard Graduate Program/Vermont College of Norwich University and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts/Dance from Sonoma State University. Mentors include Mary Anthony and Bessie Schoenberg.
Collaborative Dance Making: Philosophy and Practice, Dance Education in Practice Journal 2020