CONTACT
Diana Peaks
Jacksonville University
Graduate Admissions
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211
dpeaks@ju.edu
(904) 256-7245
Fax (904) 256-7641

Admissions
College of Fine Arts
Jacksonville University

MFA Coordinator
Cari Coble
(904) 256-7398
ccoble@ju.edu

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Faculty
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Cari Coble received her early training at the prestigious Washington School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Professionally, she has danced for such companies as Alabama Ballet Company/Ballet South, The Appalachian Ballet Company, Festival Ballet-Atlanta, and The Ballet Company of Spokane. She has also appeared as a guest artist for many projects including the Spoleto Festival-Charleston, the International Ballet Competition Gala-Jackson, the International Improvisational Festival- Birmingham, Adele Myers and Dancers-New Orleans, Several Dancer’s Core- Atlanta, The People’s Touring Project-NYC, and Sydney Olympics 2000. Cari received her BA from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in dance at Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship and the School of Visual Arts and Dance Teaching Fellowship. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Dance at Jacksonville University, Florida, where she has choreographed and performed numerous original works.

 

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Christina Teague-Mann is the Artistic Director of ‘Backlight’ Dance Company, Co-Director of ‘The International Centre For The Performing and Physical Arts’. She holds a BFA from Jacksonville University and a Masters in Choreography with Distinction from the Laban Center London, England. Mrs. Teague-Mann has had the honor of having her work presented in Peking, London, Paris, Berlin, Portugal, New York, Chicago, Miami and several other locations in the states and abroad. She had the honor of being the first American adjudicator for “Koolitants”: International Dance Festival in Tartu, Estonia. and has been nominated for the ‘National Honor Society Professor of the Year’. During her professional dancing career she enjoyed principle and soloist roles with several contemporary and ballet Companies in the United States. Recently she has had her dance on camera work presented at the ‘Pool’ film festival in Berlin. Mrs. Teague-Mann has been the Director of ‘Dance with Distinction’, and ‘The Young Artist Program’ at Jacksonville University as well as Director of the ‘Governor’s Program’, for the state of Florida, Artist Educator for the city of Chicago, and faculty for the ‘American College Dance Festival’. In 2005 she developed and directed Jacksonville University’s first study abroad program in dance and ‘The First Annual International Contemporary Dance Program’ in the Loire Valley, France, in 2007 she developed and directed an international study abroad program in Berlin, Germany. Currently she is working on a Ph.D. in performance studies.

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Brian Palmer, a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University where he was the recipient of a Suzanne Farrell Fellowship. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Radford University. For nine years Mr. Palmer was a member of Richmond Ballet where he performed as a soloist and was responsible for the lecture demonstration series, which was presented throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Palmer, most recently, has been a member with Suzanne Farrell Ballet sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of Dance Studies at Jacksonville University, and adjunct faculty at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

 

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REBECCA R. LEVY, is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator who recently moved to Florida from Los Angeles, California.  She is former co-artistic director of the Los Angeles based B.E. Productions Dance Company, and her choreographic work with the company has been featured in festivals and concerts throughout the country.  As a free-lance choreographer, director and filmmaker, she was afforded the opportunity to create work for opera, musical theater productions, films, sports events and commercial stage including the Los Angeles Music Awards, The FAME Awards and the 2001 Music City Bowl.  As a performer, Ms. Levy toured nationally for six seasons as a soloist with Lineage Dance Company.  Additional performance credits include: DanceArt Company of Los Angeles, Jazz Spectrum Dance Company and Boston Dance Collective among others. As an educator, Ms. Levy was Director of Dance at South Pasadena High School from 2003-2008.  She has also been a guest teacher for master classes and workshops at numerous dance institutions and universities.  Ms. Levy holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts.  In addition to producing her own choreographic and film projects locally, she is currently teaching  as adjunct faculty at Jacksonville University, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and serving as the Regional Project Coordinator for the statewide Florida Waterways Dance Project.

 

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Bill Hill holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Intermedia from the University of Florida and a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of North Florida. He is a receiptant of a University Academy of Scholars Grant funded in part by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. His work has been exhibited at the THAILAND NEW MEDIA ART FESTIVAL in Bangkok, Thailand, the VAD 2003 - FESTIVAL - VALINTERNACIONALDE VIDEO ARTS DIGITALS in Girona, Spain, the V SALON INTERNACIONAL DE A RTE DIGITA Lin La Habana, Cuba, PixxelPoint’s international exhibition in Slovenia, Siggraph’s Annual International Conference, as well as in galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work has been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers including Computer Arts, Exposure and Leonardo, in addition to the book entitled “Art, Technology, Consciousness: Mind @ Large”. Presentations on his work have been given at national and international conferences including Siggraph, the College Art Association, the International Symposium on the Arts in Society, International Conference on Computer, Communication and Control Technologies, and Consciousness Reframed at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts in Newport, Wales.

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Jennifer Walker brings a varied background of professional dance performance, choreography, teaching, and Pilates training to her work. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in education and choreography from Arizona State University and her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from University of Oklahoma. Jennifer grew up in Jacksonville, FL and is an alumni of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She has recently relocated back to Jacksonville after having her first child. Prior to Jacksonville, Jennifer was the School Director of Dancers’ Workshop at the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  She directed the Kinder, Youth/Teen and Adult programsing and was the founder of Hole Body Pilates. She was also a choreographer and dancer for Contemporary Dance Wyoming. Prior to Jackson, Jennifer was an Associate Professor at Glendale College, AZ. In Arizona she was actively involved in the Arizona Arts Community branching out and taking initiative in such research as: PAST: Women Survivors of Torture community outreach, Interactive Gateway: Yvonne Rainer Project, Moving Inventors Children’s Programs, and ASU’s Curriculumn Developer for Programs for Talented Youth. In Arizona, Jennifer co-founded the collaborative dance company FLUX Dance Project. Prior to Arizona, Jennifer resided in New York City where she established and was the Artistic Director of Jennifer Walker & Company. Jennifer has toured nationally and internationally with Contemporary Dance Wyoming, A Ludwig Dance Theater, Modern Repertory Dance Theater and Jacksonville Ballet Theater. She has also performed with Sean Curran, Diavolo, David Dorfman, Lakely Evans, Demetris Kline, Earl Mosely, Yvonne Rainer, Melissa Rolnick, Ken Tosti, Denise Vale, Marlis Yearby, Ko Yukihiro, in addition to others. Her research has been presented and published through conferences and workshops including: National Dance Education Organization, Conference on Arts Education, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and College of Fine Arts Histories. Currently, Jennifer is Adjunct Faculty at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and teaching Pilates through her home practice PilatesPlus. Jennifer joins Jacksonville University’s Dance Department as an Adjunct Professor.