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Donna Uchizono

Published September 10, 2018

School of Dance

Associate Professor




Donna Uchizono is the Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company which has toured throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.  Uchizono has created work for notables Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Paula Vogel, MacArthur Fellow David Hammons and neurologist/writer Oliver Sacks. Donna Uchizono is a 2016 United States Artist Fellow and has been recognized by many awards including a “Bessie” Award, Alpert Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, MAP Fund, National Dance Project, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Harkness Foundation and four New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships among many others. Uchizono is a member of the Artist Advisory Board at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she was a founding member and Chair.


2008 Master of Fine Arts Degree in New Media Arts and Performance
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, New York
2006 Om Yoga Teacher Certification
Certified Yoga Teacher in Vinyasa Yoga
1997 Zero-Balancing
Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner
Zero-Balancing is a form of body work which integrates and balances the energy and structure of the body.
1997 Massage Therapy
Certified Massage Therapist
1983 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, California State University, Long Beach

Select Scholarly/Creative Works

Donna Uchizono was honored with the 2016 United States Artist Fellowship, and has received the Herb Alpert Award in Dance

Donna Uchizono was commissioned by Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Baryshnikov Foundation to create a work for Baryshnikov and is currently working on a new work for The Company to be premiered at The Joyce Theater’s Quadrille series in October, 2018 and is also commissioned to create a new work for a premiere in 2019 at The Chocolate Factory.

Teaching Areas

Choreography, Composition, Current Issues in Dance

Dance Mentorship, Contemporary Technique, Repertory, Improvisation, Introduction to the Dance Profession, Movement Analysis

Navigating the current dance ecology as a working artist

Research Areas

Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company (DUC). DUC is a New York City based experimental-contemporary dance company formed in 1990 by Artistic Director Donna Uchizono to create and present works for the public. DUC’s mission is to provide support for the creation of innovative contemporary dance, maintenance of existing repertory, and engagement with the community through live concerts, teaching residencies, lecture/de

monstrations and outreach programs. Donna Uchizono is widely recognized for her innovative movement language, distinctive wit, rich invention and critically acclaimed choreography by many awards and grants. DUC is committed to fostering public awareness and appreciation of the performing and visual arts. DUC remains a viable, non-profit entity that creates active and permanent contributions to New York City’s cultural community as well as the national and international dance community with presentations throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and Australia.

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

A Guggenheim Fellowship in Dance, a New York Dance and Performance Award aka “Bessie” and several National Endowment for the Arts.

DUC received the 2018 Inaugural Dance/NYC Advancement Fund (made possible by the Ford Foundation), a New York St

State Council on the Arts commissioning funds in support of DUC’s New York home season, four New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and a Creative Capital grant among many others.