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Joe Bowie

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign




Joe Bowie was born in Lansing, Michigan, and started dancing as a Brown University student. After graduating, Bowie moved to New York City to pursue a dance career and danced professionally for more than twenty-five years. In NYC, he danced and toured domestically and internationally with the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Since retiring from performing, Bowie has devoted much of his time to educating dancers and has given master classes in Modern, Contemporary, and Jazz Dance techniques at several colleges, conservatories, and universities throughout the United States. Before becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Dance MFA 2024), Bowie was an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Dance Program at Northwestern University. Bowie also actively engages in the dance science and dance education communities and serves on the: Educators’ Committee, Intersectionality Task Force, and the Strategic Planning Workgroup of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS); and the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) Workgroup of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Bowie earned his A.B. with honors in English and American Literature with an Independent Concentration in African American Poetry from Brown University.

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