Department of Dance
161 Gerlinger Annex 
1214 University of Oregon, 
Eugene, OR 97403-1214
(541) 346-3386  Fax: (541) 346-3380
Steven J. Chatfield, Ph.D., Professor
173 Gerlinger Annex, (541) 346-3385
stevenc@uoregon.edu

Dr. Chatfield toured internationally with the Nancy Spanier Dance Theatre of Colorado Inc., acted as Executive Director of Verve Dance Co., Inc., and was an instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder before joining the professoriate full time in 1986 as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaii.  He came to UO in 1989.  His efforts in teaching, curriculum development, choreography, touring, and scientific research in dance have been recognized through numerous awards over the past 30 years. 

At the core of his teaching philosophy is the integration of esoteric and practical aspects of artistic creativity, somatic embodiment, and scientific knowledge.  His research interests include choreography, somatics, and the neuromotor aspects of dance.  Recent choreographic projects have worked with improvisational scores that aim to fully immerse performers in movement while challenging their decision-making processes.  Current scientific research projects and publications focus on neuromotor profiles of good dancing and optimal neuromuscular training practices.  His publications appear in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science; Dance Research Journal; Impulse: The International Journal of Dance Science, Medicine and Education and the Journal of Dance Education.

He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.  He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and the Review Board of the Journal of Dance Education.  He regularly acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, and Gait and Posture (the official journal of: the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, the European Society of Movement Analysis in Adults and Children, Società Italiana di Analisi del Movimento in Clinica, and the International Society for Posture and Gait Research). 

Education

University of Colorado, Boulder:

PhD 1989 in Education and Exercise Physiology

MA 1984 and BA 1975 in Dance

Selected Work

“Life is a Tango.  Do you want to dance?”  A dance for eight.  Choreographed collaboratively with the dancers.  Premiered in 2005 at the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Eugene, OR.

Nemecek, SM & Chatfield, SJ.  (2004).  Affective dimensions of, and prototypic data from, a flexibility lab in a Dance Kinesiology course.  A presentation summary in the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (pp. 255-258).  Hosted by Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, California, USA.

Chartrand, D & Chatfield, SJ.  (2004).  Critical review of the prevalence of amenorrhea in ballet dancers.  A poster presentation in the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (pp. 280-286).  Hosted by Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, California, USA.

“Nightmare: Take 1.”  A dance for nine.  Premiered in 2004 at the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Eugene, OR.

Chatfield, S.J.  (2003).  Variability of electromyographic and kinematic measurement in dance medicine and science research.  Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.  7(2), 42-48.

Chatfield, SJ. (2003).  A descriptive kinematic analysis of core stability in beginning and elite collegiate dancers.  A summary of original data in the Proceedings of the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (pp. 46-49).  Presented at the Laban Centre, London, England.

Chatfield, SJ. (2003).  Tai Chi as a paradigmatic approach to refining inter-limb coordination patterns.  A movement workshop with a written summary in the Proceedings of the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (pp. 124-127).  Conducted at The Laban Centre, London, England.

Chatfield, SJ. (2003).  A review of neuromotor research in dance and recommendations for Future Directions.  Summary of a critical review in the Proceedings of the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (pp. 88-92).  Presented at the Laban Centre, London, England.

“Mosaic.”  A dance for four.  Original music composed by Christian Cherry.  Premiered in 2003 at the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Eugene, OR.

Chatfield, S.J.  (2000).  Movement repatterning through breath and imagery training (abstract).  Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.   4(4), 142.

“Power of the Pulse.”  A dance for eight. Premiered in 2001 at the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Eugene, OR.

Gamboian, N., Chatfield, S.J., & Woollacott, M.H.  (2000).  Further effects of somatic training on pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis alignment during quiet stance and dynamic dance movement.  Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.   4(3), 90-98.

“Bending Redwoods.”  A dance for two.  Original soundtrack by Jeffrey Stolet.  Premiered in 2000 at the Dougherty Dance Theatre, Eugene, OR.

Chatfield, S.J.  (1999).  Scientific exploration in dance.  A chapter for S. H. Fraleigh and P. Hanstein (Eds.), Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry (pp. 124-161).  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Gamboian, N., Chatfield, S.J., Woollacott, M.H., Barr, S., & Klug, G.A.  (1999).  Effects of dance technique training and somatic training on pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis alignment during quiet stance and dynamic dance movement.  Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.   3(1), 5-14.

Chatfield, S.J.  (1998).  Neuromuscular patterns in movement: Moments of choice or habit?  Presentation summary in the Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance (pp. 19-25).  Presented at The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio.

Muehlhauser, E. &  Chatfield, S.J.  (1997).  Facilitating early elementary choreography and concert performance.  A paper presented at the annual conference of the Congress on Research in Dance at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Chatfield, S.J. & Welsh, T.M.  (1997).  Within-subject research designs for dance medicine & science.  A poster presentation at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Tring, Hertfordshire, England.

Chatfield, S.J.  (1996).  Electromyographic and kinematic patterns of Tai Chi and Modern Dance practitioners.  A paper presented at a co-sponsored meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Aspen, CO.

Chatfield, S.J., Barr, S., Sveistrup, H., & Woollacott, M.H.  (1996).  Electromyographic and kinematic analysis of movement repatterning in dance.  Impulse.  4, 220-234.

Krasnow, D.H. & Chatfield, S.J.  (1996).  Dance science and the dance technique class.  Impulse.  4, 162-172.

Krasnow, D.H., Chatfield, S.J., Jensen, J.L., Barr, S., & Dufek, J.S.  (June, 1995).  Imagery and conditioning practices for dancers.  A paper presented at a co-sponsored meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Chatfield, S.J., Barr, S., & Craig, J.P.  (March, 1995).  Invigoration of teaching in dance via research.  A lecture-demonstration presented at a national meeting of the National Dance Association, Portland OR.

Chatfield, S.J.  (June, 1994).  Multifactorial, within-subjects designs and electromyographic, kinematic, and kinetic measures for motor control and learning research in dance.  A paper presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

Chatfield, S.J. & Barr, S.  (1994).  Towards a testable hypothesis of training principles for the neuromuscular facilitation of human movement.  Dance Research Journal.  26(1), 8-14.

Chatfield, S.J.  (1993-94).  Electromyographic response of dancers to isokinetic work and select dance movements.  Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance.  16(1), 60-82.

Chatfield, S.J. & Byrnes, W.C.  (1988).  Cardiovascular concerns of dance  training.  In P. M. Clarkson and M. Skrinar (Eds.), The Science of Dance Training (pp. 90-107).  Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics Publishers.