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Dance Faculty Bios

Professor Gail Minor Smith, PhD
Coordinator of the Dance Program and Coordinator of the MC Dance Company
Office: 240-567-7508 |

Introduction to Dance
Modern Dance
Dance Composition
Dance Practicum
BS, East Carolina University
MA, Catholic University of America
PhD, Texas Women's University
            Dr. Gail Minor-Smith serves as the Dance Coordinator at Montgomery College.  She is an active member of the Rockville Performing Arts Department, collaborating on department projects, teaching the General Education Speech course in the summer, and working with the other arts departments on campus – Art, Music, Media Arts and Technologies—to develop interdisciplinary activities.  As Director of the Montgomery College Dance Company, she produces a touring show that travels in the College community to introduce and promote dance to a wide variety of audiences, and a formal concert each spring that includes works by students, faculty, and local dance professionals.
            In 2005 – 2006 she served in an interim capacity as the Dean for Fine, Performing, and Visual Arts at the Rockville campus.  In 2006 she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service Award and the NISOD award for excellence in education at a community college.
            Dr. Minor-Smith began her career in education teaching in the Montgomery County Public Schools.  She moved to education at the Federal level, working at the U.S. Department of Education on the development of regulations, excellence in education awards, and gender equity programs.  Her education and training began at East Carolina University with a B.S. in Speech, Theatre, and English.  She continued with graduate work at the Catholic University of America earning an M.A. in speech and theatre and at George Washington University in dance.  She completed her Ph.D. in dance and related arts at Texas Woman’s University in 2004.  Keeping up with the field and following an interest in dance history led her to six summers at the American Dance Festival at Duke University and a variety of workshops, including somatic work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the New World School in Miami.
            Her performing career includes appearances as actress, dancer, and choreographer in area musical theatre productions, member of the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre, and independent performances with several area choreographers.  These days she can be seen on the Montgomery College stage, making an annual guest appearance in the fall Dance Showcase and Scholarship Fundraiser.


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