Each year, Florida State University’s College of Fine Arts, School of Dance publishes a magazine that highlights and recaps the events, people, and progress within that year. Read the welcome letter below from the School of Dance Chair, Joséphine A. Garibaldi.
“My first year as Chair was a wild ride, never a dull moment with lots of creative problem solving to enjoy. Florida State University School of Dance boasts a roster of nationally and internationally renowned ‘rock star’ faculty. Not only are they top tier artists, educators and scholars, they are hands down stellar human beings busy doing the business of making, writing, speaking, designing, presenting, performing, teaching, mentoring and dancing about art. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Professor, Lawton Scholar and Founder/Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, was awarded the 2015 Dance Magazine Award and 2016 Dance USA/Honors. Carla Peterson, Director of the Maggie Allesee National Center of Choreography, was awarded the most prestigious Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres. Suzanne Farrell, Frances Eppes Professor, was honored by being inducted into the American Philosophical Society.
Our students also continue to earn top awards, as well as national and international recognition. Thanks to Friends of Dance, over 20 students attended the regional American College Dance Association festival (ACDA) and were selected to attend the National ACDA Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Additionally, students presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) in Pittsburgh, PA and the annual conference of Popular Culture Association/ American Culture (PCA/ACA).
This year we have implemented a combined BFA/MA degree program, a 5-year course of study, and relaunched the Master in Arts in American Dance Studies. This Spring the students will enjoy the unique opportunity to work with guest artists, Darrell Jones and pearl ubungen who will be teaching contemporary technique, setting work on students and facilitating the special topics course, Liberatory Practices, with Jawole Zollar.
It’s going to be another great, fabulous, crazy year. Quoting the famous words of Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter, our Grande Dame of the School of Dance, always “Do It With Love.” We need this mantra more than ever, everyone.
Do It With Love. Do It With Love. Do It With Love. ”
Joséphine A. Garibaldi
Chair, School of Dance Florida State University