Karen Bradley received an ADVANCE grant from the University of Maryland for a pilot study entitled "Your Brain on Dance", in which she will work with Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal's team at the University of Houston to determine brain-wave patterns for particular expressive movement qualities. She is also a part of the leadership team on a grant from the Canadian government entitled "Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning, and Interaction." The project is a partnership among the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NY, Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Vancouver, BC, and the University of Illinois' eDream Center.
Over the summer, Bradley has been writing core standards for dance in the US, developing a book chapter on dance and arts integration, and overseeing a grant for the National Dance Education Organization from the National Endowment for the Arts entitled EVIDENCe: Evidence in the Value of Dance Education for Our Nation’s Children, in which current statistics, databases, research, and project reports are being mined for evidence of the power of dance to learning in children.
She also taught two workshops for the GE Leadership Institute in Crotonville, NY on embodied leadership practices.
MA, Dance, University of Oregon (1977), CMA (Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis, 1984), further study in dance/movement therapy
Vice Chair of the Board and Director of Research, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Government Affairs Liaison, National Dance Education Organization, former President, Congress on Research in Dance
Dance and movement design for Baltimore/Washington area theatres, including: Big Love at Woolly Mammoth, The Cherry Orchard at Everyman Theatre
Representative Publications/Research Activities:
Rudolf Laban, a volume of the Routledge Twentieth-Century Performance Practitioners series (2008), Research Priorities for Dance Education: A Report to the Nation, Co-author of Published Literature in Dance Education section, writer for 2012 Core Standards in Dance.
Honors and Awards:
National Dance Education Organization, Visionary Award, 2008