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Tiffany Lynn Rhynard

Published January 11, 2018
Associate Professor
School of Dance

Instagram and Twitter: @sistersunitepro

Tiffany Rhynard is an artist, dancer, and filmmaker compelled to make work that examines the complexity of human behavior and addresses current social issues. Having created numerous works for stage and screen, Rhynard’s choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide and internationally. Her dance films have screened at festivals including Dancing for the Camera at the American Dance Festival and ScreenDance Miami 2015 where she won First Prize for her short “Invisible Queens.” Rhynard’s award winning documentary, “Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America,” was honored with the Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Freedom Award from Outfest Film Festival. “Forbidden” is currently airing on LogoTV and is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her recent dance documentary short, “Black Stains,” created in collaboration with Trent D. Williams, Jr. about black male identity in the United States, is currently screening at film festivals. Now in the pre-production phrase, “A Right to Kill,” is a feature-length documentary questioning the ethics of capital punishment. A cross-disciplinary artist, Rhynard has worked with esteemed collaborators including choreographer Christal Brown, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano, and mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone. As a performer, Rhynard has danced for choreographers including Gerri Houlihan, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and Chavasse Dance and Performance Group. She has taught at colleges and universities throughout the country and currently teaches dance and technology in the School of Dance


M.F.A. Dance, The Ohio State University
B.A. Dance, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Select Scholarly & Creative Works

-Presented Shifting the Frame from Stage to Screen. 
-Poster presentation at Florida Dance Educators Organization Annual Conference, Florida Dance Educators Organization, University of South Florida, Tampa. (Regional), 2014
-Black Stains [Documentary]. Sisters Unite Productions, 2017
-At Close Range [Contemporary]. Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre, Florida State University, 2017

Teaching Areas

Survey of Dance Technologies
Contemporary Technique
Dance Composition
Contact Improvisation

Research Areas

Social Justice and Performance
Documentary Film and Screen Dance
Real-Time Digital Media and Community Engagement

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

“Everyone Can Dance,” evening length community performance tour

“Little House in the Big House,” feature-length documentary film

Best Documentary Audience Award at the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, for Forbidden Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, September 2017

Jury Award from ScreenDance Miami, for Black Stains, January 2018

President’s Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant, Fall 2017

First Year Assistant Professor Award, and Dean’s Travel Grant, Spring 2018