Department of Dance



Job Placements


Job Placements

Careers—Job placements for Dance students who have graduated from our Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs

We are delighted to report the incredible success of our Ph.D. graduates in securing tenure-track jobs nationally and internationally: UCLA (2), Surrey (3), York University (2), UC Irvine, Taipei National University, Korean National University of the Arts, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Minnesota, Rutgers University, University of Washington, University of Kansas, Ohio State University, SUNY-Brockport, San Francisco State University, CSU Long Beach, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Fresno, Manhattan Marymount College, Pomona College, California Lutheran University, and Roehampton University, among others.  Dissertation research that has led to book publication includes:  Shay’s Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation and Power (Wesleyan University Press 2002), Fisher’s Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (Yale University Press 2001),Gere’s How To Make Dances In An Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS (University of Wisconsin Press 2004), Castaldi’s Choreographing African Identities: Negritude, Dance and the National Ballet of Senegal (University of Illinois 2006), McMains’ Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Industry (Wesleyan University Press 2006),O’Shea’s At Home in the World: Bharata Natyam in the Global Stage (Wesleyan University Press 2007), Huntington’s Hip Hop Dance: Meanings and Messages (McFarland 2007), Heffner’s Flamenco: Conflicting Histories of the Dance (McFarland 2009), and Wong’s Choreographing Asia America (Wesleyan University Press 2010).  In addition, our graduates are very active professionals in the field, frequently serving on the Board of Directors of the major dance associations Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). 

MFA graduates have been very successful at securing tenure-track and lecturer positions nationally, having their choreography presented in various cultural institutions, and receiving fellowships and awards for their teaching and research. For example, Shawn Womack (2003) is an Associate Professor in Dance at Colorado College after having been a professor of dance at Grinell College for nine years. Her latest work, Terrain, received its premiere at the National Theatre of Tatarstan in Russia. Joel Smith (2004) recently accepted an Assistant Professor position at University of California, Riverside, and his duet company, casebolt and smith, a main roster artist of Pentacle DanceWorks Inc., has been presented around the country and abroad for the last six years.  His seminal work O(h) has been performed a remarkable 57 times and will premiere in NY in 2014 as part of the Harkness Dance Festival.  Melanie Kloetzel (2004) is an Associate Professor of Dance at The University of Calgary. Her research has been published in numerous books/journals and her anthology, Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces, edited with Carolyn Pavlik, is currently available from the University Press of Florida. Ruth E. Barnes (2004) is an Associate Professor of Dance and BFA coordinator at Missouri State University. Recently she received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach, choreograph and perform with the Scottish Ballet Moveable Workshop Glasgow, Scotland.  Alison Bory (2006) is an Assistant Professor of dance at Davidson College. Most recently, she has been working with AGA Collaborative (with Gretchen Alterowitz and Amanda Hamp), a trio of dance artists/scholars who collaborate to create experimental research and performance. Her 2102 work, Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet, was performed at UNC Charlotte, Luther College, Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland), UNC Greensboro, and Spoke-the-Hub (Brooklyn, NY). 

MFA alumna Shakina Nayfeck (2006) is currently collaborating with Swedish punk band Brainpool to create a theatrical version of Junk: A Rock Opera for a Broadway release. Liz Casebolt (2007), Assistant Professor of Dance at LA Valley College, has received critical acclaim for her work with casebolt and smith. Garnering press from around the country and abroad, Casebolt has been praised for her inventive gestural movement vocabulary, comedic timing and singing ability.  She has been instrumental in rewriting curriculum for the dance program at LAVC. Sue Roginski (2007) is on faculty at Jacinto College, Norco College, and Riverside City College and recently accepted a visiting lecture position at UCR to teach the GLUCK Touring Ensemble. In the spring of 2010, she embarked on the collaborative creation, P.L.A.C.E. Performance Co-op, with friend and colleague Julie Freeman and has been instrumental in nurturing and supporting the dance community in Riverside. Rosie Trump (2008) has accepted an Assistant Professor position at University of Nevada, Reno. Recently, her work was presented by Dance New Amsterdam's Frameworks (NYC), Motion Captured Film Festival (Houston), the Houston Fringe Festival, the Big Range Dance Festival (Houston), and Anatomy Riot (LA).  Ann E. Mazzocca (2010) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Christopher Newport University and is helping to develop the new dance program at CNU by teaching Afro-Caribbean (Haitian and Cuban) folkloric dance, developing a postmodern dance curriculum, and teaching a course in African Diaspora dance history as part of CNU’s Liberal Learning Core Curriculum.   

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department of Dance
121 Arts Building

Tel: (951) 827-3944
Fax: (951) 827-4651

Graduate Program Inquiries: danceadvising@ucr.edu

Undergraduate Program Inquiries: judith.llausas@ucr.edu

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