Juliana F. May

Undergraduate Discipline


BA, Oberlin College. MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A Guggenheim and NYFA Fellow, for the past 15 years she has taught dance and choreography at numerous institutions in am N-12 and university setting, including at Trevor Day School, Barnard College, The New School, and, most recently, at The American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. She has created nine works since 2002, including seven evening-length pieces with commissions and encore performances from Dance Theatre Workshop, New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theatre, Barnard College, The New School, Joyce SoHo, and The American Realness Festival. She has been awarded grants and residencies through The Map Fund, The Jerome foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Gibney DIP. SLC, 2017–

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


The Choreographic Idiom: Instinct and Action in the Creative Process


This class will Interrogate the role of narrative, personal testimonial, and formal risk-taking in an effort to upend previous compositional habits and mine an interior space for dance making. Through a free associative languaging practice, elevated and action-based text work, and open improvisational scoring, this is a rare opportunity to explore the micro-interactions/inspirations and agitations of your work. Part of each day will be spent discussing each student’s current relationship to his/her creative process, as well as working inside a live “choreographic fishbowl” and watching each other work and giving direct feedback. This compression of a social and choreographic space allows the group to prioritize vulnerability and the unconscious as vital and critical points of initiation into the creative process.