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Academic Biography


     Glen R. Morningstar Jr. is a recreational dance leader, dance caller, dance historian, traditional fiddle and banjo player, band director and folk singer.  Glen holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan and held engineering, supervisory, managerial and leadership positions with General Motors and Electronic Data Systems from 1965 through 1999.  He completed the Master of Arts in Education Degree Program at Central Michigan University of Mount Pleasant, Michigan in May, 2007.  He blends his leadership skills with his music and dance abilities to benefit schools, dance groups and communities in recreation, music, social interaction and group achievement.                                                                       

Glen has taught and led traditional dance for K-university schools, adults, and intergenerational communities in the subjects of English country dancing; contra dancing; house-party square dancing; new England square dancing and 17th through 19th century dances of the United States.  He has led workshops for dance callers, dance writers, dance musicians and dance community organizers across the United States, Canada and overseas in Denmark and Belgium.  He led the American Contra Dance series at Lovett Hall, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan from 1981 to 2005.                                      

Glen has been the director for The Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband since its inception in 1978.  The credits of this stringband include publishing three compact discs of traditional music recordings and playing for two of Michigan Governors as well as all the Governers of the Midwest States.  He serves on the board of directors for Michigan Dance Heritage of Midland, Michigan and has been on the board of directors for Paint Creek Folklore Society, Rochester, Michigan, and the Country Dance and Song Society of America, Haydenville, Massachusetts.  As part of his affiliation with Paint Creek Folklore Society, he directed two Folk Music, Song and Dance Performance and Cultural Exchanges between Michigan and Denmark.                                                                                             

            Two of Glen's special pursuits are leading traditional and recreational dance for home school associations, and dance-through-history programs for K-6 public elementary schools.  As part of his MA in Education, Glen has constructed a curriculum for 5th grade elementary students to be used by educators in public and private schools.  The subject is "Dance Your Way Through American History".