Dean of the College of the Arts, CSU Long Beach
Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, currently serving as Dean of the College of the Arts at CSULB, combines years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer with works ranging from concert dance, movement for theatre, to gallery and site-specific performances. She has been an artist in residence in Taipei, Taiwan, at Jacksonville University in Florida, and Spelman College in Atlanta, and she serves as a master teacher at The Wooden Floor. She received her BA in Theatre/Dance from California State University, Fullerton and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. With a particular interest in improvisational processes and the intersection of improvisation and choreography, Cyrus teaches internationally and has received several leadership and teaching awards during her academic career. She was awarded the 2003 California Dance Educator of the Year presented by the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the 2004 Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance Education presented by California Dance and Movement. She has served as a pre-performance speaker at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and has given several lectures and presentations in the Southern California area. She is an active member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, where she serves as an external evaluator for program review and accreditation on a national level. She loves teaching and creating, and lives in Orange with her husband Patrick, and their cat, KoKoNut who does tricks and loves to swing dance.
FINDING THE YOU IN THE ART OF DANCE
You will explore, create, revise, and find your own unique voice through dance improvisational practices moving into the art of choreography. Individual, small group, and large group activities will help you deepen your self awareness and celebrate your artistic voice.