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Janice Haws Roberts is Professor of Dance at St. Olaf College, where she served as chair of the dance program for 17 years.  She has also served on several College committees, including Tenure and Promotion; International, Domestic and Off-campus Study Committee; Faculty Review Committee; and the Main Street Steering Committee.

Janice is the Treasurer of and holds a place on the Board of Directors for National Association of Schools of Dance. Janice has been a NASD Visiting Evaluator since 1997.  She has served on the nominating committee for NASD and on the team that presented workshops for new dance executives for the years 2010-2012.  Janice has also presented many other NASD sessions, ranging from Dancing with your Dean and Building New Facilities in the 21st Century to A Workshop for Seasoned Chairs.

Janice is the recipient of numerous grants, including Dance/USA and National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Dance-College Component Grant; Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant for Artistic Activity; SEMAC Original Works Grant; SEMAC Artist Initiative Grant, two Minnesota Dance Alliance Visiting Artist Grants; St. Olaf College Release Time Grant for Artistic Activity.

Janice’s professional performing career includes eight years (1986-94) with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had the opportunity to perform the works of a multitude of prominent choreographers, including Kei Takei, Alwin Nikolais, Pilobolus, Murray Louis, Joanie Smith and Danny Shapiro, Bill Evans, Jamey Hampton, TandyBeal, Douglas Nielsen, Jerry Pearson, Alyson Chase, Phyllis Lamhut, Claudia Melrose, Val Caniparoli, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury and Donna White.  During this time, she also worked as a solo artist and guest choreographer with several universities and professional companies.  In January of 1995, she and her husband were Sage Cowles Land Grant Artists in Dance at the University of Minnesota.

In 2001-02, Janice danced and toured with A. Ludwig Dance Theatre in Arizona.  During 2005-06, Janice toured nationally performing, Swing a Club: facing cancer, an evening length group work choreographed and performed by her husband, Anthony Roberts.

Janice holds a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of Utah.