Tiffany van der Merwe
Jazz, Tap, Pedagogy, Dance History
TIFFANY van der MERWE, an Associate Professor of Dance holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership Studies in Higher Education from Oklahoma State University, van der Merwe currently serves on the jazz faculty, and the pedagogy faculty, teaches choreography theory, co-directs the Senior Choreography Show and choreographs for the American Spirit Dance Company. Van der Merwe is currently focusing the bulk of her research efforts towards investigating the current market needs in each of the major cities employing dancers and entertainers interviewing directors, casting directors, dance captains, working performers, and alums in a pursuit to stay current with the industry’s expectation of a hirable performing artist. Van der Merwe has served as assistant director, choreographer, and master teacher for the Friendship Through Dance Tour: Taipei, Taiwan as well as a variety of domestic regional tours. Van der Merwe has also served as the director and primary choreographer of the Middlesex Dance Company in Concord, MA. She founded and directed Camp Broadway for the Hutchinson Recreation Commission for the Reno county youth community. As a master teacher, she has taught on three continents as well as throughout the midwest and Chicago area. Van der Merwe’s choreography has been seen at Dance Chicago, aboard the Sovereign of the Seas, for Royal Caribbean, Lyric Theater and Thelma Gaylord Academy, the National Tour of Urban Cowboy, Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Yuletide Magic, Oklahoma Opera & Music Theater, the Addy Awards, the Awards of Excellence Ball, Governor Fallin’s Holiday Gala and The American Spirit Dance Company, directed by National Dance Teacher of the Year, Jo Rowan. As a performer, van der Merwe has toured through Europe, Scandinavia, and the Balkan region for LaTour Productions on an extensive USO Tour, performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Kinetic Dance Theater, Mystique Productions and at the Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Evanston, Il.