Ali Duffy is a tenured Associate Professor of Dance and Honors at Texas Tech University and is the founder and Artistic Director of Flatlands Dance Theatre ( Dr. Duffy has been invited for residencies and lectures including at Virginia Tech, University of South Florida, Lindenwood University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Detroit, and Danca Nova Dance Company, among others. Her writing has been published in Research in Dance Education, the Journal of Dance Education,and Dance Education in Practice. Her forthcoming book about careers in dance will be released in 2020. Prior to her work in higher education, Ali performed with Stiletto Entertainment (now RWS Entertainment) and with several independent choreographers, and taught on staff at the National Dance Alliance. She holds a PhD from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA from UNC Greensboro, and a BA from UNC Charlotte..