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School of Dance

James Clouser

  • Visiting Professor, Dance

James Clouser, Visiting Professor, began his dance career with the American Ballet Theatre and was for nine years principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His studies have taken him to the Royal Ballet Schools in London and Copenhagen and to the Bolshoi and Kirov Schools in Russia. After six years as Ballet Master, Resident Choreographer and Acting Director of the Houston Ballet he founded Space/Dance/Theater and later served as Artistic Director of the Dayton Ballet. He has choreographed for numerous companies in the United States, Canada and Europe.

His most noted works include Carmina Burana, Rasputin, the Holy Devil (which starred Erik Bruhn), Ear To Stone (presented in 1999 at the Avignon Festival in France), and Caliban (this country's first full-length rock ballet). Mr. Clouser has taught at the Juilliard School, Connecticut College, the American Dance Festival, Loretto Heights College in Denver, Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. His course offerings at the University of Arizona include Ballet Technique, Men’s Ballet, Dance History, Dance and Culture, and Looking at Dance which innovatively engages general education students.