Tracey Bonner is the BFA Dance Coordinator within the theatre and dance program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University. She is an active freelance choreographer, director, master teacher, and performer (AEA) in the greater Cincinnati region and beyond.
Tracey received her BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, her MFA from University of California, Irvine, and continues to pursue additional academic interests. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her artistic work, and most recently served as an Al Smith Artistic Fellow for the Kentucky Arts Council (2017) for her work combining dance and social justice. Other choreographic or directorial awards include productions of West Side Story (California, 2008), RENT!(Kentucky, 2010), Chess (Tennessee, 2014), Gala honors at the American College Dance Association, south region for her original work entitled An Ingrown Life(Arkansas, 2014), and adjudicated performance invitations including Big River Arts Festival (West Virginia, 2017).
As an Assistant Professor at NKU, Ms. Bonner has quadrupled enrollment in the BFA dance program, increased exposure and revenue for dance, facilitated two high profile artistic residency with the illustrious Mercedes Ellington and the Taylor 2 of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and established a new performance program at NKU entitled The Emerging Choreographers Showcase. As an artistic academic, Tracey’s current research projects are layered and collaborative in nature, and she continues to refine and re-develop the dance curriculum to better meet current students’ needs.
Tracey maintains production of her original concert and theatrical work outside of NKU. She also continues to teach masterclass, adjudication regional and national dance competitions, teach at various private studios, as well as a multitude of other dance and theatre related activities where she seeks to empower young artist to greatness.