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Edward (Ted) Warburton

Professor, Theater Arts
Dance theory and technique, cognitive dance studies

Cognitive dance studies, dance education


Education and Training: 
2000 EdD, Human Development & Psychology, Harvard University
1995 EdM, Technology in Education, Harvard University
1994 EdM, Human Development & Psychology, Harvard University
1993 AB, English & Dramatic Literature, Boston College
1983 HS Diploma, Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts
Selected Publications: 

2017. Dance marking diplomacy: Rehearsing intercultural exchange. Journal of Dance Education, 17(4).

2016. Resonance in dance: The art of blending bodies. Art Research Journal, Revista de Pesquisa em Arte, Especial Questão, DANÇA, ARTE DO CORPO E OUTROS CORPOS DAS ARTES, 3(2), 1-26.

2016. Becoming elsewhere: ArtsCross and the (re)location of performer cognition. In R. Blair and A. Cook (eds.) Languages, bodies, and ecologies: Theatre, performance, and Cognition (pp. 93-106). London: Methuen Publishers, Ltd.

2014. Engaging families in dance: An investigation of moving parents and children together. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15(1), 1-27.

2013. The Cognitive benefits of movement reduction: Evidence from dance marking. Psychological Science, 24(9), 1732-39; Interview: "Dance and Cognition," All in the Mind, BBC Radio 4, October 12, 2013, with Claudia Hammond.

2011. Of meanings and movements: Re-languaging embodiment in dance phenomenology and cognition. Dance Research Journal, 43(2), 65-83.

2010. From Router to Front Row: Lubricious Transfer and the Aesthetics of Telematic Performance, Leonardo 43(1), 24-32.


Selected Performances: 

Professional Experience:

Boston Ballet, Boston, MA

Houston Ballet, Houston, TX

American Ballet Theater II, New York, NY


The Thinning Veil, Producer. Multi-site performance on the Internet connecting UCSC Theater Arts Center's Experimental Theater and the Digital Arts Research Center's Dark Lab, Santa Cruz, CA March 2-4, 8-11, 2012.

Three Bodies, Choreographer. ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, CA September 14, 2012; Interview: "The Three-Body Project," National Academies Keck Futures Initiative with Richard Harris, National Public Radio.

Terra Nova, Creative Director. Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Arts & Lectures Series, Mainstage Theater, Santa Cruz, CA April 13-14; Dance New Amsterdam Theater, 280 Broadway, NYC, NY May 31-June 3, 2007.

Lubricious Transfer, Creative Director and co-Choreographer. Internet2 transcontinental performance connecting NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, NYC, NY and UCSC Experimental Theater, Santa Cruz, CA April 15 - 16, 2005.

Selected Presentations: 

Of Meanings and Movements. State University of New York, The Center for Embodied Cognition Lecture Series on Mirroring Systems, Stony Brook, NY, March 6, 2014.

Tracing elsewhere. ArtsCross London Conference, "The aesthetics of elsewhere." Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK, August 11, 2013.

So You Think When You Dance? UCSC Arts Division’s Outstanding Faculty Research Lecture, Santa Cruz, CA, May 16, 2013.

Variations in dance translations. ArtsCross Beijing Conference, "On exchange: Translation and interpretation in practice, process, and performance." Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing, China, November 17, 2012.

The pedagogy of rehearsal. ArtsCross Taipei Conference, "uncertain ... waiting." Taipei National University of the Arts College of Dance, Taipei, Taiwan, August 20, 2011.

Telematics, Telepresence, and Interactive Dance Performance. Graduate School of Culture Technology, Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, September 2, 2010.

Honors and Awards: 

2017. Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

2016. Outstanding Dance Researcher, National Dance Education Organization, Washington DC

2014 & 2007. Chancellor's Recognition of Outstanding Undergraduate Mentorship, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

2012. Arts Division’s Excellence in Research Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

2007. Research Fellow, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA

2003. Emerging Leader Award, National Dance Education Organization, Washington DC

1993. Morgan Award for Academic Excellence, Boston College,  Chestnut Hill, MA


Office: 831-459-4542
A-218, Theater Arts Center, A-Building
Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm