The moment Bruce McCormick was first moved to dance, the dancers hardly moved at all.
“I remember just looking up and all the dancers all looked so tall and were smiling and I was completely in awe,” McCormick says, recalling the feeling of standing at the foot of the stage as a 7-year-old during a dress rehearsal for his sisters’ recitals. “I knew I wanted to be up there.”
Today, McCormick is an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Dance Program. Before joining the program—first in pursuit of his M.F.A., then as faculty, and now as graduate program coordinator—his career as a dancer transported him across continents: performing across Europe, the Americas, and touring as widely as Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.