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School of Dance Welcomes Guggenheim Fellow and “Bessie” Award Winner to Faculty

Published January 9, 2018

The School of Dance is excited to welcome Associate Professor Donna Uchizono to the Studio Practice and Composition faculty. Donna is teaching Contemporary Dance and Dance Repertory this semester and will provide valuable one-on-one mentorship to the students in our dance program.

Donna is a New York based dance artist and Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company. Her company has toured throughout the U.S, Europe, South America and Australia. Uchizono has received numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellow, “Bessie”, and a United States Artist Fellow. She has been commissioned to create work for notables such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Paula Vogel, David Hammons and Oliver Sacks. In addition to her artistic achievements, Uchizono is active in the community and is committed to mentorship/advocacy for young dance makers through individual mentorship as well as through her company’s own choreographic mentorship program, “Shared Choreographic Practice.” She founded the Artist Advisory Board at Danspace Project, initiated a panel series on issues in the Dance Field at Gibney and has served as a grants panelist for various funding institutions.

According to the USA Artists website:

“Donna Uchizono’s work is characterized by layered fragility, bold gestures and vivid imagery. Charting new territory with each venture, she creates a framework and original vocabulary specific to the individual piece.”

Donna is currently working with her company on her newest work, Quadrille, for an October world premiere at the Joyce Theatre in New York, NY. Students in her Repertory class will have the opportunity to learn Quadrille from Donna and some of her visiting company members throughout the semester.

Donna says, “I am excited to be with such esteemed colleagues and I am looking forward to sharing with the FSU student population.” The faculty, staff, and students of the SOD are excited to welcome the new energy and ideas of our newest faculty member.