Professor and Undergraduate Recruitment Director
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is a teacher, choreographer, and author specializing in the integration of the Alexander Technique and somatic practices in dance training. She is the co-author of Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link and co-editor of The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training (both published by the University of Illinois Press). Other publications include journal articles and, most recently, a chapter on the integration of her teaching and research in An Illinois Sampler: Talking about Teaching on the Prairie. She is a frequent presenter at conferences nationally and internationally, including a keynote presenter this past summer at the Dance and Somatic Practices Conference at Coventry University, England. She also presents regularly at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, the American Society for Alexander Technique, the National Dance Education Organization, and the annual Freedom to Move Conference on Dance and the Alexander Technique. She is active as a guest teacher, both for university dance programs and Alexander Technique teachers and training courses. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Nettl-Fiol has been instrumental in establishing somatics as an integral part of the curriculum and has a keen interest in teaching. In her work, teaching, choreography, and research are inextricably linked. For several years, she was the College of Fine and Applied Arts representative in the university's Teaching Academy, and in 2012 she received the university's Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Nettl-Fiol's choreography has been presented in New York City, Chicago, and Quito, Ecuador; annually at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts; at many American College Dance Festivals; and throughout the Midwest. Her opera and musical theatre choreography includes over 35 productions in venues including Krannert Center, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Crane School of Music, and Peoria Opera. Most recently, her work was selected for performance in Chicago at the Ruth Page Dance Center and in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theater as part of the American Dance Guild's performance festival.