Dr. Nelson Neal began his dance career performing modern dance at SUNY Cortland as a change from his usual competition in intercollegiate sports. He continued his dance training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed with the repertory dance company under the direction of Anna Nassif. He has performed choreography by Dan Wagoner and Helen McGhee. He is nationally known as one of the early leaders who utilized computer technology in teaching dance and in the area of children’s attitudes towards dance. He is also an authority on the life and career of Hemsley Winfield, the first African-American modern dancer, and his performing company The New Negro Art Theatre Dance Group. Dr. Neal’s articles have been published in the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Dance Research Journal, Dance Current Research, and Impulse International Dance Journal. His latest work, Hemsley Winfield: The Forgotten Pioneer of Modern Dance - An Annotated Bibliography, was published in 2016. The second edition was published in 2018 and may be purchased from Amazon Books. 

Dr. Neal taught dance as a USIA exchange faculty member at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and also performed there. He taught dance workshops to more than 23,000 children in the US, Canada, Finland, France, and Honduras. In 1994 Dr. Neal was honored as the first Dance Educator of the Year by the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He is a former President of the National Dance Association and the Virginia Alliance for Arts Education and was the first President of the Board of Directors of Sarasota Contemporary Dance in Florida. Dr. Neal directed the performing dance companies at the University of Mississippi and Longwood University, where he was the Head of the Dance Program Area. His creative talents were never lost while performing his administrative duties and his research; he choreographed 48 works from solos to large group pieces.  

     Ed.D. - Motor Learning & Control, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 
     MS - Dance - Applied and Technical, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 
     B.S.E. - Physical Education, SUNY College at Cortland, Cortland, NY 
Academic Employment: 

    Marywood University, Associate Professor, Director Teacher Preparation in Physical Education, Scranton, PA, 2011-2014
    Lane College, Associate Professor, Physical Education, Jackson, TN, 2008-2011 
    Longwood University, Professor, Dance and Physical Education, Farmville, VA, 
        Exchange Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Spring & Summer 1986. 
    University of Mississippi, Instructor, Dance and Physical Education, Oxford, MS, 1973-1978 
    University of Wisconsin, Graduate Assistant and Head coach, Madison, WI, 1972-
    Las Cruces, Public Schools, Instructor, Physical Education and Head coach 1969-1971