About

Fiona Scruggs is a Berkshire based dancer, choreographer, researcher and educator. Her choreographic interests are driven by history, visual art, and music. Fiona’s choreography has been presented at The Foundry and Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in western Massachusetts, New Rochelle Arts Fest, and Radford University.

 

Her research interests relate to the history of ballet, the jazz and African diaspora, and early modern dance. Fiona received several fellowships and grants to conduct research in France and the USA on the life, career, and legacy of Josephine Baker, and presented at numerous regional conferences. She trained at the Salzburg International Ballet Academy (Austria), Bates Dance Festival, and Next Generation Ballet, and served on the dance staff of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and Radford University Ballet Youth. Fiona currently works at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as the School Programs Coordinator and at Berkshire Pulse as a Teaching Artist.​

A woman in her mid-20s with red curly hair and blue eyes and resting on a brick wall.

​Born in Tübingen, Germany, Fiona moved to the USA as a child and has since continued dancing. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Radford University in Dance Education. She advocates and shares her passion for the arts to positively influence people’s lives through research, education, choreography, and performance.

Work Experience

Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival | School Programs Coordinator | present

 

Berkshire Pulse | Teaching Artist | present

Adult/Teen Beginning Ballet

Adult/Teen Open Level Ballet

Youth Beginning Ballet

Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival | School Programs Intern | 2019

Managed the Contemporary Ballet Program in The School at Jacob’s Pillow

Managed the Tap Program in The School at Jacob's Pillow

Radford University Ballet Youth | Instructor | 2016-2019

Ballet, Creative Dance/Pre-Ballet, and Jazz

Radford University Ballet Youth| Administrative Assistant | 2017-2018

Enrollment management, registration, communication

Radford University Dept. of Dance | Office Assistant | 2017-2018

Departmental audition tours, costume shop organization, file management

Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts | Counselor | '16, '17, '18

Dance Division, Assistant Stage Manager, Rehearsal Assistant

Next Generation Ballet Summer Intensive | Resident Assistant | 2016

Choreography

"La Revue de Josephine Baker: A Contemporary Perspective on the Performer and Activist's Life" | Evening Length Show | 2018

Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

"Leaving St. Louis" | Trio | 2018

"French Cancan" | Quintet | 2018​

"The Cabaret" | Quintet | 2018

"Medal of Resistance" | Quartet | 2018

"La Tribu Arc-En-Ciel" | Medium Group | 2018

"J'ai deux amours" | Solo | 2018

"Before the Dust" | Solo Piece | 2018

Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

"Unearthing the Way" | Quartet Piece | 2018

Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

"Reputable Sources" | Solo Piece | 2017

Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

Research and Conference Presentations

The Legacy of Josephine Baker: Performer & Activist | 2018

Honors Capstone Research and Choreography Project

Supported by:

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship | Radford Univ. | 2018

Scholar Citizen in Action Grant Awardee | Radford Univ. | 2018

McGlothlin Award - International Education | Radford Univ. | 2018

Southern Regional Honors Conference | 2019

Memphis, TN

The Legacy of Josephine Baker: Performer and Activist

Southern Regional Honors Conference | 2018

Washington, D.C.

The Legacy of Josephine Baker: Performer and Activist

Education & Training

Radford University | Department of Dance & Honors College | '2019

BS Dance Education, Minor German Language

Salzburg International Ballet Academy | Summer Intensive | 2018

Bates Dance Festival | Summer Workshop | 2017

 

Professional Development

Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at Jacob's Pillow | 2019

DEL Essentials Workshop

Dance Performance

Dancers of the Berkshires | Colonial Theatre | 2020

"Love Yourself" Art Gallery Opening

Berkshire Pulse | Chesterwood Site-Specific | 2019

Radford University Dept. of Dance | "Paradigm Shift" | 2019

"Before the Dust" (Solo), Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

Radford University Ballet Theatre | "The Nutcracker" | 2018

Clara's Friends, Snow, Flowers, Choreographed by Inessa Plekhanova

Radford University Dept. of Dance | "Fall Dance Fest" | 2018

"It Don't Mean a Thing, If It" Choreographed by Amy VanKirk

Salzburg International Ballet Academy  | Gala  | 2018

"Before the Dust" (Solo), Choreographed by Fiona Scruggs

Radford University School of Dance & Theatre | "Oklahoma!" | 2018

Ensemble, Dream Ballet Dancer, Featured Dancer "All Er' Nuthin," Farmer Gal

Radford University Dept. of Dance | "Chopiniana" | 2017

For "Evening of Ballet," choreographed & directed by Inessa Plekhanova

Bates Dance Festival | Festival Finale | 2017

"Points on a Curve (excerpt)," choreographed by Danny Buraczeski

Radford University Dept. of Dance | "Dancing on the Edge" | 2016

The Encounter, choreographed by Deborah McLaughlin

Radford Univ. School of Dance & Theatre | "Anything Goes" | 2016

Ensemble, Passenger

Leadership

College of Visual & Performing Arts | Ambassador | 2017-2019

Radford University, Arts Society, Community of Artists

The Tartan Newspaper | Assistant Scene Editor, Writer | 2016-2017

Radford University's Student-Run Newspaper, Arts Section

Honors

Dean's List | Radford University | 2015-2019

Outstanding Dance Scholar | '19

Radford University, Dept. of Dance

Outstanding Honors Contract Award | Honors College | 2018

Radford University, "The Legacy of Josephine Baker: Performer and Activist"

Horth Scholarship for Summer Dance Study  | '16, '17, '18

Radford University, Dept. of Dance

Pegeen H. & David L. Albig Dance Scholarship | '18-19

Radford University, Dept. of Dance

Anna and Ruth Cronise Scholarship  | '16, '17, '18, '19

Radford University, Dept. of Dance

Special Skills

German Language (basic conversation, reading, and writing)

Microsoft Word and Excel

Google Suite

Salesforce

Basic Sound Editing

Dance

Piano

Singing

Theatre

Writing

Driver's License

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Dance Studies Association

National Dance Educaton Organization (NDEO) 

New England Presenters