Pavel Zustiak’s career began in his native Slovakia with a choreographic debut with the Tremolo Dance Company at 17. He received an MFA in 1993, then studied dance composition and production at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. Zustiak is now the art director of Palissimo, a dance theatre company he founded in 2003; he has since produced three evening-length works that have been performed in New York, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He was awarded the Princess Grace Choreography award in 2007 for his collaboration with Laboratory Dance Company and the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2006. In March of 2011, Zustiak joined the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography for two weeks as a choreographic fellow. Zustiak returns to Florida State during the 2011-12 school year as a visiting faculty member.