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Suki John

Associate Professor
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 218 | 817-257-6675

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Ph.D., Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut (2007)
MA, Dance History and Choreography, Gallatin School New York University (1991)
BFA, Theatre Arts, University of New Mexico (1980)

Courses Taught

Dance History I and II
Dance in World Cultures, Honors
Modern Dance Technique and Artistry I, II and III
Career Preparation II
Choreography IV
Honors Nature of Values: Art & Activism
Honors Language, Communication & Culutral Identity - Writing The Arts 
Launchpad: Entrepreneurship and the Arts
International Dance Forms

Areas of Focus

Dance history and journalism; classical modern dance techniques; Cuban modern dance; choreography; Cuban culture; art and activism; diversity, social justice, feminism and the arts.

Contemporary Dance in Cuba: Técnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement. McFarland Press, 2012.

Christina Bernal, 1945-2016.” Dance Magazine, June 7, 2017.

The Dancer’s Guide to Cuba” Dance Magazine, May 31, 2016.

“Narciso Medina,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Ramiro Guerra, the father of Cuban Modern Dance,” Routledge

Online Encyclopedia of Modernism. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2016.

Signature dance works with original musical scores include L’Dor V’Dor, Wall of Babel, BarrigaBestia, and the evening-length Sh’Ma. These dances have been produced in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

I was interviewed about Native American dance, and appear briefly in the film Veiled Lightning, produced by Jaima Chevalier. The film premiered January 12, 2017 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My original choreodrama, Havana Love Letters (Cartas de Amor), was performed in Havana at the Bertolt Brecht Theater on June 3 and 4, 2016. Excerpts were performed in New York City at CAP 21 and by Dance TCU students. This work was the result of a collaboration between myself, composer Joel Diamond, TCU designers Murell Horton, Roma Flowers, and Brian Clinnin, and Cuba’s renown National School of Art (ENA) and Institute of the Arts (ISA).


Coleman Fellow

TCU Honors Faculty Fellow

First international adjudicator for Danzandos Festival, Matanzas, Cuba, 2016.

Founder, Cuban Arts Match

Altruvistas Journeys, associate and consultant on dance Advisory Board of US-Cuba Cultural Exchange

Adjudicator for Danzandos Festival, Matanzas, Cuba

Society of Dance History Scholars

Council on Research on Dance

Corps de Ballet International

Centre Internacional de la Danse – UNESCO

Oxford University Press, I blind-reviewed a book proposal: “Staging the Body Politic: The Cuban Revolution in Ballet;”

For Dance Research Journal, I peer-reviewed an article submission: “Cuban Ballet and the New Man.”

For the Getty Foundation, I peer-reviewed a grant application for a major Getty initiative, the performance festival, Pacific Standard Time/LA/LA.

The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County Music Center proposal that I reviewed was titled, Cuba then/and now.

Founder, Cuban Arts Match: matchmakers for the arts

Board Member: US – Cuba Cultural Exchange