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Caleb Mitchell

Published August 29, 2018

Assistant Professor
School of Dance

(850) 644-1024

Caleb Mitchell was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he started his serious early ballet training at the age of 16 under Rose Marie Floyd. After graduating cum laude in 1998 with a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona, Caleb joined the Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.-emeritus and later Stanton Welch, Artistic Director.

During his tenure with Houston Ballet (1998-2007), Mr. Mitchell performed many featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Glen Tetley, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Christopher Bruce, Ronald Hynd, Lila York, Natalie Weir, Julia Adams, Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, and David Parsons. In 2007, Caleb was awarded a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (Helen Russell Scholar) at the University Of California-Irvine. In June 2009, Mr. Mitchell received a MFA in dance, and soon after became Assistant Professor of Dance faculty at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where he received tenure (2009-2016).

Mr. Mitchell’s guest choreographic and teaching engagments include the following institutions: Co-choreographed with late legendary choreographer and teacher Dr. Donald Mckayle on a creation for University of California, Irvine’s Etude Dance Ensemble entitled Sanctuary (2009), METdance, Ballet 5:8, The Link School of the Arts, Vivid Ballet , Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soliel: Elvis, Brigham Young Univeristy, Texas Ballet Theater Professional Division, University of California Irvine’s Etude Ensemble (Dr. Donald McKayle–Artistic Director), Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive, The Masterworks Festival, Belhaven University, Santa Monica College, Houston Ballet 2, Southern Methodist University, and others.

In fall semester 2016, he joined Santa Monica College Dance Department (Santa Monica, California) as full-time Associate Professor of Dance. Proudly, as of August 2018, this will be Mr. Mitchell’s first semester as full time Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University Dance Department.​


University of Arizona B.F.A.
University of California, Irvine M.F.A.

Select Scholarly & Creative Works

-Sanctuary (Co-choreographed with Legendary Donald McKayle)
-Jubilee (Belhaven University Dance)
-Forbearance (pas de deux) Ad Deum Dane Company
-Simple Gifts, In Shades of Blue (MET Dance)
-Infallible Vow in Commitment (The Masterworks Festival)
-Rita Emerson Award (1994)
-Creative Achievement Award University of Arizona (1998)
-Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (Helen Russell Scholar) at the University Of California-Irvine (2008)

Teaching Areas

Ballet (I, II, III)
Music and Choreography

Research Areas

Creative Activity in ballet (manipulation of both classical and neoclassical aesthetics)