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Lecturer/Artistic Dir

University of Central Oklahoma


Tina Kambour is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Dance at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her choreography, which has been commissioned for professional companies and universities, has been presented in Mexico  and in the U.S. including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Tina earned a graduate degree in Dance from Teachers College/Columbia University. She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and a Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapist under the direction of Dr. Martha Eddy. From 1999-2008, she taught for the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida during the summer session.  She has taught master classes and workshops throughout the US, in Mexico, France, Guatemala, Northern Ireland and Canada. She is currently listed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Classes Taught

  • Modern Dance Technique: All levels
  • Dance Improvisation: DANC 2892
  • Movement Theory: DANC 2332
  • Practicum in Dance: DANC 4900
  • Performing Dance: DANC 4111

Education and Certifications

S.M.T. (Somatic Movement Therapist), 2009, Moving on Center – School for Participatory Arts and Research, New York, NY

M.A. (Dance), 1989, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

C.M.A. (Certified Movement Analyst), 1988, Laban/ Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York, NY

 B.A. (Psychology), 1978, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Additional dance training, 1979-1991, Private Studios, New York, NY including composition with Anna Sokolow, Bessie Schönberg; modern technique with Ruth Currier, Mary Anthony; somatic techniques with Andre Bernard, Irene Dowd; ballet with Zena Rommett, Ernie Pagnano, Christine Wright


  • 2002 – present: Full-time Lecturer – University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
  • 2009 – 2014: Assistant Chair of Department of Dance, College of Fine Arts and Design – University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
    • courses in modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, rhythm analysis, dance history
  • 2007: Faculty –Bill Evans Summer Dance Workshop, UCO
  • 2006: Faculty – Bill Evans Summer Dance Institute, Pt. Townsend, Washington
  • 1992-2002: Adjunct Instructor — University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
  • 1993-2003: Artist-in-Residence, Arts Council of Oklahoma
    • residencies in dance and creative movement in schools throughout the state; worked with students in all grades, at-risk students and senior adults
  • 1999, 2001,’03, ’05, ’06, ‘08: Instructor — New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
    • course in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals

Honors and Awards

  • 2017: University of Central Oklahoma’s Masonic Endowment Transformative Learning Award, 2nd place for Generations Learning Together
  • 2010: Collaborative Team Award for Aesthetic Attitudes, composed by Dr. Keith White, performed with colleagues in CFAD
  • 2010: UCO Provost’s Modeling the Way Award

Professional and Community Involvement

  • 2015-present: Member of World Dance Alliance
  • 2014-present: Member of National Dance Education Organization
  • 2009- 2011: Fellow of Xenia Institute, Norman, OK
  • 2006-2012: Board Member of Perpetual Motion Modern Dance Company
  • 2013-present: Regional Director of Central Region for American College Dance Association
  • 2007-present: Board Member of American College Dance Association
  • 1992-1999: Mid-America Dance Network; served on the board and served as President 1992-93 and 1996-97

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • Bertram, Anita Glee; Kambour, Tina, “Generations Learning Together: Pilot Study for a Multigenerational Program,” Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, volume 16, issue 3, August 2018.
  • Apol, Laura and Kambour, Tina, "Telling Stories Through Writing and Dance: An Intergenerational Project,"  Language Arts, Vol. 77, No. 2 (Nov. 1999), pp. 106-117.

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 1:30-3 p.m.

Friday: 12-2 p.m.

Teaching Philosophy

I view dance as an art form and as a science, which I view through the different, but overlapping, lenses of choreography, teaching, and somatic practice. I am passionate about finding multiple ways in which to integrate these varying perspectives in the art of making dance. I thoroughly enjoy the choreographic process, which allows me continually to find new ways to use form, space, and dynamics while learning about the heart, soul and personality of each dancer. Also, I firmly believe that dance can unify us, in the face of divisions due to culture, age, or gender. As a teacher and a choreographer, my goal is to create an atmosphere in which individuals feel safe to play and explore, while investigating their growth as an artist as well as their creative process.

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