Judy Scalin is a graduate of UCLA (BA in Dance, California State Secondary Credential) and Mills College (MA in Dance). She has danced with local dance companies in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Scripps College, and Loyola Marymount University where she has been the Director of Dance for the past 34 years. As Director of Dance at Loyola Marymount University, she has established programs that enliven the connection of the University with the Los Angeles Dance community. Out of this on-going work has grown a number of residencies, dance works, master classes, and other significant linkages to local dance artists which benefit students and artists alike.
Very active in the Los Angeles dance community, Ms. Scalin has served on the Dance Resource Center Board of Directors and on adjudication panels for the Music Center Bravo Awards, the William Couser Awards, Kaleidoscope and In-the-Works. In the summer of 1994, she served as a writer for National Examinations for K-12 Arts Education Assessment and received the Lester Horton Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance from the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles. In 1996, she taught for the Graduate School in Dance at CSULB, and was elected Policy Board Chair for the California Arts Project. In the spring of 1997, Judy was awarded the Lester Horton Award for Distinguished Teaching.
In addition, Ms. Scalin has served as the Chair of the Arts Steering Committee for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, where she currently works as a consultant. She has been the president of the California Dance Educators Association and has served as a curriculum writer for the California Arts Project. Judy has also served on the National Association of Schools of Dance Executive Board as chair of the Commission on Accreditation. Ms. Scalin received the Teacher of the Year Award from the California Dance Educators Association for 2001-2002 and the Loyola Marymount University President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award for 2003. In 2005 she received the Professional Educator's Award from the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.