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Ensemble Director Andrea Mantell-Seidel's performance in "Mother" demonstrated why she remains one of the best Duncan-style dancers watching her was like
watching the history of dance unfold.
-Tampa Tribune
Biography

 

Andrea Mantell Seidel is a Professor of Dance, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, founding director of the Intercultural Dance and Music Institute housed in the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University (FIU), and former Senior Director of Academic Programs in LACC. Additionally, she serves as trustee of pioneer modern dance choreographer Eleanor King’s choreographic legacy and as artistic director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Dr. Seidel has lectured, presented papers and workshops, and performed at prestigious national and international conferences, festivals, universities and other institutions throughout the US, Canada, Latin America, Russia, Europe, and Asia, including the Internationales Tanzfestival in Germany; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington; Hong Kong International Conference and Festival; NYC Lincoln Center Festival Out-of-Doors; International Festival de las Mujeres en la Danza, Ecuador; and the International Goethe Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, among numerous other venues. She holds a doctorate in dance from New York University and at FIU teaches courses in Native American Religion, Yoga and the Art of Meditation, and Sacred Dance/Sacred Ritual, among other topics.

Dr. Seidel is the recipient of over 70 national, state, and local grants, including a US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, three-year grant ($225,000) for Dancing Across Disciplines: A 21st Model for Educational Reform in the Academy and a Fulbright Senior Scholar award in 2010 where she taught at the National School of Dance in Honduras. In 2007, she received the visionary award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) for her groundbreaking work in intercultural curriculum reform. Dr. Seidel describes herself as an artist/scholar whose primary career focus has involved a process of listening to the wisdom of the body, informed by scholarly investigation into the intersections between movement and spirituality from a global perspective. She is most grateful to her teacher of 22 years, Dr. Shyam Kashap, ayurvedic physician, manager of the Divine Life Society in Rishekesh, India for thirteen years, and friend to many great spiritual luminaries, for his transcendent transmission of world wisdom and for furthering her passionate commitment to her own essential humanity and to fostering the humanity of others.

 

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