Gail Lee Abrams

Gail Lee Abrams

Professor of Dance

Department: Dance

Office Address: Richardson Dance Studio

Office Phone: (909) 607-4587


Academic History

  • B.A. Graphic Design: The American University, 1973
  • M.A. Dance: The American University, 1975
  • CMA (Certified Laban Movement Analyst): Laban Bartenieff
  • Institute of Movement Studies, 1982
  • Certification in Acupressure Massage Therapy, Healing Arts Institute, 2004
  • Certified in Reiki, November 2011
  • Certified in Integrated Yoga Therapy (RYT-200), July 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern Dance
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Somatics/Body Therapies
  • Yoga

Personal Interests

Dancers' experiences with pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood; Somatic movement practices; Yoga


Gail Lee Abrams is a Professor of Dance at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Certified Acupressure Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Gail holds a BA in Graphic Design and an MA in Dance from The American University in Washington, D.C., and taught for seven years at Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey. On the East coast, she performed and choreographed for the Stockton Dance Company, was a member of the Sybil Dance Company in Philadelphia, and was a freelance choreographer and performer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Since moving to California in 1986, she has performed as a freelance dancer and choreographer, most frequently in the annual AIDS benefit concerts sponsored by the Inland AIDS Project at Riverside City College, and at Scripps College. The author of several articles which have appeared in Focus on Dance XII: Dance in Higher Education, Dance Teacher Now Magazine, Kinesiology for Dance, Dance Research Journal, and the CAHPERD Journal Times, Gail has researched dancers' experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. She has presented her paper, The Dancer as Mother: Effects of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood on the Dancer's Life, at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies Conference in Minneapolis, at the 4th Annual Symposium on Dance Science and Related Topics at the University of California, Irvine, at the Motus Humanus Roundtable on Wholeness and Healing Through Movement in Boulder, Colorado, and the Not Just Any Body Global Conference in Toronto, Canada. She has given movement workshops and presentations for the American College Dance Festival Association, California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, California Dance Educators Association, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Ottawa, Canada, and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Gail is also the recipient of numerous research, performance and choreography grants from Stockton State College and Scripps College, as well as five Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Dance
  • Modern Dance Technique
  • Dance Composition
  • Dynamics of Human Movement
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Somatics of Yoga: An Integrated Approach
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Senior Seminar in Dance
  • Senior Thesis in Dance
  • CORE II: The Embodied Self: Feminist Theories of the
  • Body, Dance, and Yoga
  • CORE III: The Arts:Visions of Humanity

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