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Growing up in New York provided Margaret Devaney with many wonderful opportunities to study with renowned dance professionals – master teachers, performers, and choreographers. As a means to further broaden her dance education, Devaney pursued and completed an M.F.A. degree in Performance and Choreography at University of North Carolina Greensboro.
After spending the earlier part of her academic career teaching at Auburn University and West Virginia University, Professor Devaney accepted a position at Radford University as Chair of its Department of Dance. For more than 20 years, Margaret has overseen exciting growth in terms of program quality, faculty positions and student enrollment. Over this tenure, she has successfully integrated her duties as department head with teaching, choreographing, and producing dance concerts and events on and off campus.
She has contributed to the community and University in numerous and diverse capacities including serving on major commissions, boards and university committees. During a recent transitional period for Radford University, she was honored to be selected as Interim Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and proactively served in that position for almost two years.
Happily back as chair of the dance department, Devaney has resumed teaching classes in contemporary dance technique, composition and somatics while continuing to add to her impressive body of original dance works. Her choreography manifests a strong blending of design, intricate pattern, and gesture. Many of these creative compositions have been based on inter-disciplinary collaboration.
Through the years Margaret has worked with photographers, visual artists, geologists, musicians, actors, creative writers, composers, and on one occasion a commercial construction crew with two back hoes and a cherry picker! Her work has been presented at national and international conferences as well as being featured on regional PBS television.