Amber Mazurana

Contact Information

Email: Amber.Mazurana@colostate.edu

Office: D111A

Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11 a.m.

Role: Faculty

Position: Dance Instructor

Concentration:
  • Understanding Dance; Modern Dance Technique

Biography

Amber Mazurana is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana where she trained with Ballet International. As a young dancer she had the opportunity to study with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Virginia School of the Arts during their summer programs. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1995, where she studied with Melissa Hayden, and graduated with honors in 1999 from Butler University with a B.A. in dance pedagogy. While at Butler, she trained in the Graham technique and performed as a guest with Dance Kaleidoscope. She spent the summers of 1997 and 1998 studying African drumming and dance at the University of Ghana, West Africa. In 1998, Dr. Debra Wright Knapp introduced her to William Evans; they both have been an inspiration to her teaching since then. She revels in opportunities to train at the Bill Evans Institute of Dance, continuing her work in the Evans Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique; this summer she will be attending the 20th annual BETI conference in Port Townsend, Washington.

Amber danced as a soloist with Peter Sparling Dance Company in Michigan, performing several works by Graham, including the role of Woman in Yellow in “Diversion of Angels” and was a member of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company until 2004. She has been a performing member with IMPACT Dance Co. since 2005 and serves as the outreach co-coordinator, helping to provide opportunities for youth in Northern Colorado to experience the integration of writing, art and movement through the program Every Voice Matters. This past year her choreography was featured with IMPACT, creating a new work for the dancers.

Amber directed the school at Canyon Concert Ballet from 2007-2010 and founded their Youth Ensemble; currently she enjoys helping CCB students prepare for the YAGP Competition. Amber has been teaching in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University since 2010 and is thrilled to be featured as the guest artist in the Spring Dance Concert 2018. For the past two summers, she has served as the administrative assistant for the Education in Motion Seminar at CSU Dance which provides professional development opportunities for K-12 educators in Colorado.  Amber is currently working towards her M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at CSU.

Education

B.A. in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University