Natasha McCandless

Natasha McCandless.

Natasha McCandless

Natasha McCandless

Research Topics

Dance Pedagogy, Educational Psychology, Somatics. Specifically: fostering emotional wellness for dance students using strategies from both somatics and psychology.

Bio

Natasha McCandless earned a B.A. in Theatre (Dance Concentration) and a B.S. in Secondary Education (English Language Arts Concentration) from Penn State University in 2017. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, she moved to New York City, where she continued to train, create, and perform. Notably, she created a curated performance series on her Brooklyn rooftop in order to showcase new work. A desire to further pursue her personal pedagogy and choreography practices led her to the University at Buffalo, where she is thrilled to serve as a Teaching Assistant in the MFA Dance cohort.  

During her first year at UB, she performed in faculty and thesis work, choreographed for the MFA Showcase and the Informal ChoreoLab Showing, and served as the choreographer for the department’s production of Twelfth Night. She also helped to direct the Informal Showing with Jenna Zavrel. Natasha is interested in fostering emotional wellness for dance students using strategies bridging both somatics and psychology. She plans to pursue a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology to support her research.