Jill Flanders-Crosby

Dr. Jill Flanders-Crosby

Department of Theatre and Dance
ARTS 323

(907) 786-1164


  • Ed.M. & Ed.D., Teachers College Columbia University
  • M.A., New York University


Jill Flanders Crosby is a Professor and the Dance Program Coordinator in the Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds an Ed.M and Ed.D from Teachers College Columbia University and actively performed and choreographed in Anchorage and at UAA for over 30 years. She choreographed for and performed with Moving Company North, Alaska Contemporary Dance Company and Alaska Dance Theatre. She also appeared as a guest artist with XSIGHT! Performance Group of Chicago and appeared at the Morningside dance Festival in New York City in 1991. She has taught jazz dance classes in Havana, Cuba with DanzAbierta. She also taught at the University of Ghana, West Africa.

Dr. Flanders Crosby received a 1998 Fulbright research grant for her work in Ghana and also traveled to Cuba to research the folklorization of traditional religious dance, the links between the Ewe people of Ghana and the Arará people Cuba and elder oral histories in Perico and Agramonte Cuba. She is published in the CORD, Etnofoor and Southern Quarterly journals, and contributed a chapter to the edited book Making Caribbean Dance on her work in Ghana and Cuba. She is the project director and principle investigator for a multi-disciplinary and collaborative art installation Secrets under the Skin that premiered in Havana, Cuba in December 2010 with later showings in Anchorage and Homer Alaska and San Francisco in 2013. The installation and fieldwork data upon which the installation was built is in progress of turning into a book for University Press of Florida. She also researches jazz expression and contributed two chapters for an edited jazz dance reader on jazz dance history. She is currently researching artistic form in Cook Islands dance.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Coordinator Dance Program, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Reviewer for various peer-reviewed professional journals
  • Courses:
    • Dance Appreciation
    • Modern Dance
    • Jazz Dance

Research Interests

  • Dance Research Methodology and Dance Ethnography
  • Religious dances of the Ewe of West Africa and the Arará of Cuba
  • Sensational Heritage Forms


Crosby, Jill Flanders and Katherine K. Kramer (forthcoming). Jazz Dance. Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Ed. (definition contribution).
Crosby, Jill Flanders (2010). “The Social Memory of Arará in Cuba: Oral Histories from Perico and Agramonte.” Southern Quarterly 47:4.
Crosby, Jill Flanders (2010). “Secrets Under the Skin: They Brought the Essence of Africa.” In Making Caribbean Dance: Continuity and Creativity in Island Cultures Editor, Susana Sloat. University of Florida Press.

Crosby, Jill Flanders (2008). “West African Music and Dance in the United States and Cuba. Looking at Social and Concert Jazz Dance and at Cuban Religious and Social Dances. Dancing at the Crossroads 1(1): 1-28.
Crosby, Jill Flanders 2007. “A Felt Authentic Grounding: Intersecting Theories of Authenticity, and Tradition.” In Choreographies of Migration: Patterns of Global Mobility. Congress on Research in Dance, pp 24-28.
Dils, Ann, & Crosby, Jill Flanders (2001). “Dialogue in Dance Studies Research.” Dance Research Journal, 33(1), 62-81. NY: Congress Research in Dance (CORD).
Crosby, Jill Flanders (1997). “The Dancer’s Way of Knowing: Merging practice and Theory in the Doing and Writing of Ethnography.” Etnofoor 10(1/2): 65-78.


  • 2010-2011: Secrets Under the Skin. Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Arts Installation. Project Director and Lead Investigator. Presented at: Bunnell Street Arts Center April 2011, Kimura Gallery, UAA January, Fundación Ludwig Havana, Cuba December (Premiere). Website created Spring 2011 – www.uaa.alaska.edu/spotlight/secretsundertheskin
  • 2010: Water, Air, Earth, Fire. Four Performance-Based Videos for Secrets Under the Skin installation.
  • 2009: “Secrets Under the Skin” Work in Progress on the University of Alaska New Dances Series.
  • 2005: “Conversations” Rhythm Explosion, Bozeman, Montana
  • 2004: “Simplicity and Grace” UAA Dance Ensemble in Concert
  • 2003: “Mobius” Alaska Dance Theatre. Guest artist performer.                                
  • 2002: “Look Again” – an NEA funded statewide multidisciplinary 3 week performance
  •       project – co-project design creator and executive producer.
  • 2002: “Clowns and Scholars” Dance on Film Project - performer. Los Angeles CA: independent project.                              
  • 2001: “Mostly Love Stories” Featured guest artist with Chicago-based XSIGHT!    
  •         Performance Group.
  • 2001: “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” Co-choreographer and performer with nationally recognized tap artist Katherine Kramer, UAA Jazz Week.
  • 2000: “Impressions of Cuba” Video realization and conceptualization. Filmed in Chicago and in Havana, Cuba. Co creators, Brian Jeffery and Stephen Mazurek.
  • 1997: “Tired.” Co-choreographer and performer with Brian Jeffery, Artistic Director, Chicago-based XSIGHT! Featured guest artist with XSIGHT! Performance Group.
  • 1997: “Estate.” Co-choreographer and performer with Heather Cornell, Artistic Director of Manhattan Tap, UAA Jazz Week.
  • 1991: Performer; Morningside Dance Festival, New York City.