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Amy Rance McDonnell has been teaching at Western Oregon University since 2007 where she teaches ballet, modern, dance history, composition, somatics, and Pilates courses. She also teaches and choreographs at Modern Dance Technique and Creative Movement in Corvallis, OR. Ms. McDonnell is originally from the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where she studied dance with Garth Fagan and Elizabeth Clark. Prior to receiving her MFA in performance and choreography from SUNY Brockport, Amy obtained her BA from Goucher College in Interdisciplinary Studies combining dance, art, and anthropology. She has lived and performed in New York City with Lexington Dance Exchange and Collective Dance NY and has worked with artists such as Sean Curran, Sara Pearson and Patrick Widrig, Bill Evans, Gabe Masson, and Vincent Mantsoe. Amy’s work has been shown at the American Dance Festival’s International Dance for the Camera Festival, the Heidelberg New Music and Dance Festival, and at Western Oregon University. Ms. McDonnell is a certified Pilates Mat instructor through Balanced Body.