Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department

Kristin KusanovichKristin Kusanovich 

Kristin Kusanovich teaches modern dance technique and choreographs professionally and for the department. She recently began two new courses: Introduction to Teaching Dance, our department’s first dance pedagogy course and Children’s Dance Production, a touring show. She has taught courses in video for dancers, and movement for children for the Liberal Studies Department.

She was artistic director of Kusanovich Dance in Minneapolis for ten years and has created original choreography for the department’s Images shows and the mainstage productions of Our Mission and The King Stag, with director Michael Zampelli, S.J., and Trojan Women/Lysistrata with director Fred Tolinni, S.J. Kristin spent the summer of 2003 preparing for and participating in RoBallet, an experimental project in dance and computers at the MIT Media Lab and worked with Jacques d’Amboise and MIT’s Seymour Pappert and Marvin Minsky. Kristin has worked on international dance and technology projects with Senegal and is currently researching topics in Ethics and Dance which explore how various dance teaching methods work to elicit excellence in students. She is advisor to Grace Liturgical Dance Ensemble, a core faculty member of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, and faculty-in-residence at Sobrato for the Loyola RLC. In May of 2004 she and her husband produced a video installation based on The Book of Ruth at the Mission Church.