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Welcome Joséphine Garibaldi, Chair of Dance

Published May 29, 2015

Joséphine A. Garibaldi

I am very pleased to announce that Joséphine A. Garibaldi has accepted our offer to become the next Chair of the Florida State University School of Dance.

Professor Garibaldi has enjoyed a great success as both an educator and artist. In 2004 Joséphine built Barefoot Studios, an interdisciplinary dance studio, art gallery, performance space, and home base for two performance companies, and was owner and director until its restructuring into the nonprofit organization Barefoot Collective, in 2009. Barefoot Studios received recognition from public commissions, such as the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Piece County Arts Commission. Professor Garibaldi has a published both peer-reviewed and invited works in major journals and articles in-press such as Global Corporeality: Collaborative Choreography in Digital Space. She has received over $100,000 in grants and awards and has completed international residencies in Finland, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Southeast Asia, and most recently Latvia where she completed a Fulbright in 2014.

Joséphine A. Garibaldi comes to FSU from Idaho State University School of Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Letters where she served as Director of Dance. At Idaho State Professor Garibaldi authored the recently launched Dance major and developed 13 new courses including World Dance/Local Identity, Performance and Society, Aesthetic Issues in Dance, Elements of Movement, Dance Basics, Capoeira: The Art of Survival, and Dance Management and Production. In collaboration with the International Programs Office and IT at ISU, and the Latvian Academy of Culture, Associate Professor Garibaldi developed an international choreographic project in which Latvian and ISU students worked together in real time in digital space to create an original choreographic work. Her interdisciplinary skills in technical software as well as design, technical, and theater management make her a well-rounded and competent educator.

I would like to take the opportunity once again to thank Patty Phillips and Russell Sandifer for their dedication and leadership of the School of Dance. In their role as co-Chairs they have done a tremendous service to this college. I am confident that the School of Dance will continue to thrive under the leadership of Joséphine A. Garibaldi and we will see even greater things in the years to come. Joséphine will start at FSU on June 28. I hope you will all join me in welcoming her to the college community.

— Peter Weishar
Dean, College of Fine Arts