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Meet the Dance Staff



Dr. Marianne McAdam is a Full professor in the department of Exercise and Sport Science where she teaches dance and biomechanics classes, directs EKU Dance Theatre and coordinates the Dance Minor program. She has been at Eastern since 1989 having received her undergraduate degree from the State University of NY at Brockport and her Master´s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Dance Education and Kinesiology.

Dr. McAdam has been President of the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD), received an Award for Teaching Excellence from EKU in 1993 and 2004 and received the Dance Educator of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award from KAHPERD in 1997 and 2001 respectively. Presently she is involved in a Professional Education Fellows program in which she spends 40 hours a semester in the schools helping teachers learn to include dance in their curriculum.

Dr. McAdam is in this profession to bring the joy of dance to as many people as possible. In addition to using this philosophy as the basis for her classes, Dance Theatre offers the primary outlet for her and her students to share their love of dance.

Nashwa Cahill - Middle Eastern Dance Instructor was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Nashwa attended Cairo University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.   Her lifelong love of dance led her, at the age of 14, to began studying dance with Mahmoud Reda, internationally renowned ‘ambassador of dance’ at his Cairo Academy.  For ten years, she studied folkloric dance forms from the Gulf, Sinai, Alexandria and Red Sea regions, providing her with a solid foundation before beginning her performing and teaching career. In 1988, Nashwa moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she continued to teach this ancient yet contemporary art form to a growing following, as she preformed internationally.  In 1993, Nashwa founded the Isis Dance Troupe.

In 1999, Nashwa relocated to California, where she continued performing and teaching Middle Eastern dance. She taught at the historical Lobero Theater and for Santa Barbara City College as well as group and private classes.  She collaborated with Dr. Scott Marcus, Professor of Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, and members of his UCSB Middle East Ensemble. In 2005 Nashwa moved to Berea, Kentucky.  Shortly after she arrived, she was invited to perform during the Finale Celebration of the exhibit “Petra- Lost City of Stone” at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   She now teaches private classes; choreograph for dancers in the region, workshops nation-wide, and internationally. She teaches a course at Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College. 

Al-Raqs al-Sharqi (Middle Eastern Dance) is an incredible synthesis of motion and rhythm, culture and history, fitness and healing, tradition and spirituality- issues that are of concern to so many of us today. 


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