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Joseph “jo” Blake

Part-Time Lecturer
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M.F.A., University of Washington, 2017
B.F.A, University of Utah, 2003

Performer, choreographer, and educator, Joseph Blake earned his MFA from the University of Washington (2017) and BFA from the University of Utah (2003). As a member of the Salt Lake City-based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, he taught and performed internationally for ten years dancing in works by such artists as Alwin Nikolais, Doug Varone, Wayne McGregor, Carolyn Carlson, Bill T Jones, Susan Marshall, as well as many other influential dance makers. His interest in educational theory and student/teacher engagement have led him to work with community outreach projects such as Yoga Behind Bars and Mark Morris’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. Earlier this year, Joseph spent eight-months on a UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship visiting Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Nepal, Thailand, and Bali, re-kindling his appreciation and passion for community and culture. Currently, he is living in Utah performing with Salt Lake City-based company, NOW-ID International Dance, teaching with Minding Motion for Graceful Aging, and preparing choreographic works for Seattle festivals.