Our holistic approach and broad professional training prepare our graduates for successful livelihoods as performers, choreographers and teachers in the dance profession. Our alumni are especially successful in creating opportunities by forming their own companies, producing concerts, initiating teaching programs, and exploring collaborative and cross-disciplinary interests.
Cornish alumni work in many areas of the dance profession from performance, choreography and teaching to related fields such as body therapies, conditioning techniques (including Pilates and Gyrotonics), costume design, arts administration and technical production. Dance Department graduates and former students have performed with prominent companies including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Isadora Duncan Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Milwaukee Ballet II, Ballet Nouveau, Malashock Dance, Peter Pucci and Dancers, Zoe Scofield, Lineage Dance Company, Silver Brown Dance Company, Scott/Powell Performance Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, Lingo Dance Company, and the Pat Graney Dance Company.
Our graduates have produced their choreography at Seattle’s On the Boards and Velocity Dance Center, and in New York at Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research, Dance Space Center, Joyce Soho and other centers for innovation. Locust, d-9, the Three Yells, Dance Contemporary, Northwest Dance Syndrome, Coriolis Dance Collective, and Better Biscuit Dance are among the Seattle dance companies founded by Cornish dance alumni.
Cornish alumni have also succeeded in graduate studies at such respected programs as Ohio State University, University of Arizona, University of Utah, University of California/Irvine, California State University/Long Beach, SUNY/Purchase and SUNY/Brockport.
For information about current Dance Department alumni accomplishments, please visit the Alumni section of our newsletter.