Lynette Overby

Lynette Overby leads students in one of her dance classes. Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware. 

October 31, 2018

Professor of theatre and dance at the University of Delaware, Lynnette Young Overby has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

Overby was honored in October at the at the National Dance Education Organization conference in San Diego. 

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” Dr. Overby told the University of Delaware's news service.

Dr. Overby graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a PhD in kinesiology and served as a lecturer and equity officer.

Dr. Jane Clark, former dean of the School of Public Health, said the award speaks to Dr. Overby's skill and talent. 

"This is such a well-deserved award," Dr. Clark said. "As a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, Lynnette’s love of dance motivated and informed her research."

Dr. Overby grew up in Dover, Delaware. She attended a newly integrated high school in the late 1960s and was subjected, along with her fellow African American students, to taunts and negative comments from classmates, UD reports. But a new teacher started an after-school dance class, and Dr. Overby felt at home there.

Dr. Overby earned a bachelor's degree in physical education before obtaining a master’s in dance education from George Washington University. She taught in D.C. public schools and conducted research on how creative movement can enhance children’s reading and comprehension skills.

She returned to Delaware in 2008, after teaching at Michigan State, to become UD's founding faculty director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning.

Today, she continues to publish research and is expecting to publish an online book —Dance: Current Selected Research, Volume 9 — choreograph and perform.

And she still teaches dance classes, UD reports. 

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University of Delaware: A Lifetime of Dance - UD’s Lynnette Overby honored as educator, advocate, mentor

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PhD, Kinesiology