Lecturer, Dance Director
Department of Music
DAYNA DEFILIPPIS (Lecturer, Dance Director) Known as a passionate, informed educator and innovative, creative choreographer, dance professional Dayna DeFilippis is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she attended on scholarship, having earned her Master of Fine Arts Dance degree with an emphasis in choreography (2013). Since taking the position of Dance Director at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, she has been busy working with students in both studio and lecture classes alike, teaching dance appreciation, jazz, tap, ballet and modern. Her time in the studio has not been limited to technique classes alone, though. Dayna also created four new dance works for the 2014 dance concert titled, It’s Essential: Tradition Re- Envisioned. She has also lent a choreographic hand to various UNK productions and events, including the Nebraskats Fall Recital, Don’t Dress for Dinner, the New Music Festival, The Tutor, the Spring Choirs Concert and the Playwriting Festival. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Dayna worked in the industry as a teacher at private studios throughout the Midwest and director of youth performance companies and public outreach programs; she completed both her Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Iowa (2003).