» Nancy Dickson-Lewis
Professor Emeritus

College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Nancy Dickson-Lewis
Nancy Dickson-Lewis began teaching at Chapman University in 1986 as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She came to Chapman with extensive teaching and performance experience. Nancy was a member of the dance faculty at Golden West College in Huntington Beach for seven years. She also taught jazz, modern dance, and choreography at several other colleges and studios in southern California.

Nancy received a BA in History from the University of California, Riverside, and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In 1982 she became the Artistic Director of Dance Theatre West, a modern dance company based in Orange County. Her choreography for that company was chosen for many regional festivals and showcases.

As a freelance choreographer, Nancy's work has been featured at the Riverside Dance Festival in New York City, in Chicago, Indianapolis, and all over the Western United States. Her piece Through the Trees, a work to the music of Yo-Yo Ma, was performed in Segerstrom Hall of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and Turbulence was selected to close the 2003 gala concert of the American College Dance Festival. Nancy also choreographed Reach for Orange County's acclaimed Backhausdance company.

In 1999 Nancy became a member of the full-time dance faculty at Chapman and has taught Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Choreography, Improvisation, Music for Dancers, Dance in World Cultures, Introduction to Dance Studies, Dance Teaching Methods, and Performance classes. She received two awards for excellence in teaching at Chapman, and served as program student coordinator for many years.

Nancy's daughter Allison is a graduate of Chapman University and is currently in the Masters in Teaching program.  Her daughter Whitney attends Brown University.  Nancy lives in Irvine with her husband, David.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Original choreography of concert dance work "The Garden Path" (Revisited). Music: Beethoven's Sixth Symphony "Pastoral", second movement. 10 dancers. 15 minutes
Original choreography of concert dance work in collaboration with Dean Dale Merrill entitled "Cheatin Hearts". Music: Hank Williams, Kitty Well, and Patsy Cline. 16 Dancers, 24 minutes
Original choreography of concert dance work entitled “We’re All In This Together” Music: Steve Reich Music for Mallet Instruments, Voice, and Organ 10 dancers, 18 minutes
Original choreography of concert dance work entitled "Next to You". Music by the Temptations. 12 dancers. 18 minutes
Original choreography of concert dance work entitled "The Blue Bench". Music: Seven fugues from "The Well – Tempered Clavier" by Johann Sebastian Bach 10 dancers, 22 minutes