Kristin Marrs

Associate Professor of Instruction
Honors in Dance Director
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Kristin Marrs is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. As an Associate Professor of Instruction, she teaches Majors Ballet, Pointe, Alexander Technique, Functional Anatomy, Dance Kinesiology, and a variety of other courses across the dance curriculum.

Marrs’s choreography explores the evolution of ballet technique and narrative form, and she has presented her work at concert and site-specific venues around the United States. Works include choreography for the premiere of Karkinos (2022), an opera by composer Jacob Bancks created in collaboration with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the Living Proof Exhibit, an organization that provides arts experiences for cancer survivors, and Intersecting Lines (2022), a dance film created with Iowa Oboe professor Dr. Courtney Miller and dance artist/filmmaker Alex Bush.

Marrs is a certified Alexander Technique teacher with the American Society for the Alexander Technique and a Functional Awareness® Movement Educator. She runs a private studio in addition to teaching Alexander Technique to students throughout the Division of Performing Arts. She is a founding member of Alexander Technique Iowa (, an online community of AmSAT teachers and students in the Hawkeye State. Marrs' research and teaching interests include the integration of healthy somatic practices with ballet pedagogy, and she has presented her research at CORPS de Ballet International and the Dance Studies Association. Her article “Searching for the yet unknown: Writing and dancing as incantatory practices”, co-written with Kate Mattingly (Old Dominion University) was published in the November 2021 Special Issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Practice.

Marrs trained at SUNY Purchase and London Studio Centre, and holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. She previously taught ballet technique at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Columbus Dance Theatre Intensive Training Program, University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and as a guest artist at Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China). Marrs performed as a company member of Columbus Dance Theatre, Ballet Quad Cities, Northern Ballet Theatre, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Paradise Ballet Theatre, Opera Columbus, and Images of Dance (London). Her performance repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa, Lynn Andrews, Penny Askew, Deanna Carter, Margaret Mead-Finizio, Kennet Oberly, Stella Kane, Maria Glimcher, Johanne Jakhelln, Alun Jones, Kim Robards, Bettijane Sills, and Tim Veach. Some of her favorite roles include the Milkmaid in Ashton’s Façade, the Snowy Egret Queen in Jones’ Nutcracker Key West, and dancing as a soloist in Oberly’s Goldberg Variations. She continues to perform as an independent artist.

Research interests

  • Choreography
  • Alexander technique
  • Holistic approaches to ballet pedagogy
  • Self-reflective learning practices
Research areas
  • Choreography
Portrait of Kristin Marrs
MFA, Dance, University of Iowa
AmSAT Certification
Certified Functional Awareness® Movement Educator
BES, St. Ambrose University
Diploma in Dance, London Studio Centre

University of Iowa
W109 Halsey Hall (HH)
Iowa City, IA 52245
United States