Cynthia Williams

Cynthia J WilliamsProfessor of Dance and Movement StudiesChair, Dance and Movement Studies Department

Joined faculty in 1986

B.F.A. (Dance), University of Utah
B.S. (Psychology), University of Utah
M.F.A. (Dance), Connecticut College

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Contact Information

Gearan Center for the Performing ArtsPhone (315) 781-3495

Scholarly Interest

Ballets Russes choreographers and productions
Contemporary Dance History
Critical Response Process
Dance criticism
Dance choreography and lighting design
Gender issues in dance education and performance
Rommett Floor Barre
Somatic movement education: movement training for musicians


Somatics training with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Courses Taught

Ballet and Modern Dance technique
Dance History
Senior Seminar
Teaching Methods


Publications/Choreography & Lighting Design
Suite for Bill (2008)
Absent Presence (2008)
Ascension (2007)
Absent Presence (2006)
Into Flight (2004)
Canticle in Darkness and Light (2003)
Topography of Exile (2000)

Conference Presentations
"Fields of Play: Contact Improvisation and the First Year Seminar," June 2008 National Dance Education Organization Conference, Towson MD
"Making the Music Dance: Applying Somatic Movement Practices to Improve Music Performance" June, 2008 Invention-In Conference, SUNY College at Brockport
"Unequal Partners: Wo/Men in Dance" American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association Conference, April 2006 Boston, MA
Attitudes and Arabesques, panel respondent ACA/PCA, April 2006, Boston, MA
"Fokine's Forgotten Puppet" Society of Dance History Scholars, Gaucher College, June 2001Articles/Book Reviews/Dance Criticism Ralph Lemon: Tree/Belief/Culture book review for RIDE 2005
Envisioning Dance on Film and Video, book review for RIDE 2003
Dancing Masters, book review for RIDE 2002
Beyond Criticism: Lerman's Critical Response Process in the Dance Composition Course article in JODE Fall 2002


Dance Critics Association
National Dance Education Organization
New York State Danceforce
Society of Dance History Scholars


My teaching, scholarship, and academic service are all strongly intertwined and inform and sustain each other. I am passionate about dance education in studio, stage, and classroom settings I maintain an active practice as choreographer and lighting designer I am committed to presenting professional dance, especially the work of women choreographers, and promoting the field of dance throughout my community, and to creating an environment where dance is recognized as an academic, artistic, and deeply human field of study.