Jason R Noer

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As a teacher, I feel that it is my responsibility to advocate for the importance of dance studies. My experience as a dance practitioner allows me to show the connections between social issues and everyday movement which demonstrates the significance of understanding dance. Because I am a dance practitioner, I encourage critical engagement of these issues, not only through writing and class discussions, but also through movement. I believe it is my job as a teacher to inspire my students through demonstrating a passionate approach which makes room for multiple voices in the classroom. Dance has long been considered a purely physical discipline in academia and my goal is for learners to understand the critical thinking involved in these art forms. I push for rigor in my courses in the form of writing and moving, which is still in process but, ultimately, will be fruitful for the students and the field of dance. As much as possible, I use a dance lens to show how this approach is useful in other academic disciplines as the majority of students in my introductory courses are not dance majors. I hone in on this approach in courses with dance majors to demonstrate how reading the world through this lens makes dancers a different type of theorizer.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Bachelors of Arts : B-Boying within Hip Hop Culture, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities , 2012.
  • Masters of Liberal Arts : Hip Hop Pedagogy, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities , 2017.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Practitioner of Rocking, Breaking, House, and New Jack Swing
  • Choreography and Social Justice
  • Dance Historiography
  • Theorizing Dancing Bodies
Courses Taught
  • DNCE 1343 - Urban and Street Dance Forms 1 : Introduction
  • DNCE 1344 - Urban and Street Dance Forms 2 - Advanced Foundations and Histories
  • DNCE 3341 - Urban and Street Dance Forms 3 - Emerging Scholar
  • DNCE 3342 - Urban and Street Dance Forms 4 - Scholar
  • DNCE 1401 - Introduction to Dance
Research & Professional Activities


  • Artistic Director of MIXTAPE: Artistic Director of a collective of Hip Hop/Street dance choreographers, 2017 - Current
  • Music, Moves, and Mind-Sets: Theorizing Hip Hop History and Pedagogy Through Break(danc)ing. Noer, Jason, Kendal Hunt, Author, Second Edition 2019. Link
  • The Future of Music: Towards a Computational Musical Theory of Everything. Noer, Jason, Springer , Co-Author, 2020.
  • Kenneth L. Graham Graduate Theater Fellowship 2018
  • Artist Initiative Grant from Minnesota State Arts Board 2017
  • Sage Award for Outstanding Performance 2013
  • Organized and hosted first high school dance battle in Minnesota at Patrick Henry H.S. 2013
  • First Hip Hop choreographer to create evening-length (+90 minutes) dance works in Minnesota 2012-2014
  • Established the Groundbreaker Battle (largest Hip Hop cultural event in Minnesota) in collaboration with the Cowles Center 2007-2015