Selected Alumni Bios

Andrea Seidel

Andrea Mantell Seidel, Doctorate of Art, Dance Education, 1985, recepient of the National Dance Education Organization 2007 Visionary Award, is the founding director of the Intercultural Dance and Music Institute housed in the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, and a tenured associate professor of dance in the Department of Dance. Additionally, she serves as executive director of DanceArts Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting historic dance preservation; trustee of pioneer modern dance choreographer Eleanor King's choreographic legacy; and as artistic director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble.

Dr. Seidel has lectured, presented papers, and performed as a soloist in the work of King and Duncan at prestigious national and international conferences and festivals throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Europe, and Asia, including the Internationales Tanzfestival in Germany; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington; Hong Kong International Conference and Festival; NYC Lincoln Center Festival Out-of-Doors; International Festival de las Mujeres en la Danza, Ecuador; and the International Goethe Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, among numerous other venues. She holds a doctorate in dance from NYU Steinhardt's Program in Dance Education and has published numerous articles on the indigenous cultures and rituals of the Americas; historic roots of early modern dance; and intercultural, interdisciplinary issues in the arts in higher education.

Dr. Seidel is the recipient of over 70 national, state, and local grants, including a US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, three-year grant ($225,000) for Dancing Across Disciplines: A 21st Model for Educational Reform in the Academy. She has served as a founding member of the World Dance Alliance; on the national board of directors of Society of Dance History Scholars; the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD); conference and Program Chair for CORD's 30th International Conference, "Dance, Myth, and Ritual in the Americas;" a member of the International Dance Council, based in Athens, Greece; National Dance Education Organization, and Cross Cultural Dance Resources, Inc.