Janet Charleston

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

MFA, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign. Charleston danced and toured extensively with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company; performed in the world tour of the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach; and was a performer, rehearsal director, and company manager with Douglas Dunn + Dancers. She currently dances with Christopher Williams and has worked with an array of other artists, including Chamecki/Lerner, Kota Yamazaki, David Parker/The Bang Group, RoseAnne Spradlin, Stephen Koester, and June Finch. Charleston was nvited by Merce Cunningham to teach at the Cunningham Studio and was on the faculty for 12 years. She teaches in the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program and previously was visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign and the University of Kansas; guest teacher at Barnard College; and teacher at many other universities and professional studios, including SUNY-Purchase, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, New York Univeristy Steinhardt, Hofstra University, Franklin & Marshall, ACDFA, SEAD (Salzburg, Austria), and El Centro Cultural Los Talleres (Mexico City). Charleston has taught yoga and movement for children, the elderly, and people with Parkinson’s Disease. Her choreography has been presented at venues in New York City, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and South America. A Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, she subsequently served as Peer Reviewer in Dance for the Fulbright organization. SLC, 2019–

Graduate Courses

MFA Dance 2019-2020

Contemporary Dance Practices


In these classes, emphasis will be on the continued development of basic skills, energy use, strength, and control relevant to the particular style of each teacher. At all levels, attention will be given to sharpening each student’s awareness of time and energy and to disciplining the body to move rhythmically, precisely, and in accordance with sound anatomical principles. Students will study complex movement patterns, investigate somatic use, and concentrate on the demands of performance.