Elizabeth Coker, EdD, is a dancer, dance-maker, scientist, and teacher. She is co-Artistic Director of Seán Curran Company and Assistant Arts Professor of Dance at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Coker has performed in productions internationally in Latvia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. Appearances in New York City include the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, New Victory Theater, 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Project, and Danspace Project. She has taught, created and set choreography at universities across the country as well as at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera de Montreal, San Diego Opera, Opera Lafayette, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Yale Repertory Theater.
Dr. Coker received her MA and EdD in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University and holds a BA in Psychology (concentration in Dance) from Columbia University. Prior to initiating her academic career, she trained at the Washington Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Areas of research include 1) multi-sensory integration for balance control, 2) effects of motor imagery practice on movement training, choreography, and self-concept, 3) development of novel, sensor-based measurement methodologies including 3d motion capture and interactive smartphone applications