Jeffrey Peterson


Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance

Jeffrey Peterson’s approach to teaching dance seeks to broaden possibilities, detail somatic and anatomical ideas, and ultimately empower everyone in the room to take creative and artistic risks. His primary areas of expertise are in Modern and Jazz technique, composition, dance writing, and Laban Movement Analysis. Peterson holds a CLMA from Integrated Movement Studies, an MFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Pre-professional performance experience includes the work of Jose Limon, Doug Varone, Zvi Gotheiner, Chris Aiken, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and Johannes Weiland. Professional accolades include performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski, ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski, Stephan Koplowitz's Grand Step Project, Clare Byrne Dance, DELiRiOUS Dance, The Minnesota Opera, and for Melissa Rolnick, among others. Dubbed “…poetic precision…” by the Minneapolis StarTribune and "moving and heart racingly joyous" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jeffrey Peterson’s choreography is personal, yet aims for political impact. Driven by specific inspirations, his craft is founded upon the spatial complexity and precision of drum corps, the interior world of somatics, the bending of jazz dance, and an eclectic approach to modern and post-modern dance composition and technique. Peterson has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s In The Company of Men, Movement Research at Judson Church, Rhythmically Speaking, and numerous dance programs in Higher Education. His choreography has appeared in the Dancenow/NYC festival at Joe’s Pub and Joyce SOHO, Moving Men at Dixon Place (NY), The Bryant Lake Bowl, Kinetic Kitchen, The Rabbit Show, and The Minnesota Fringe Festivals of ‘03, ’10, '11, and '12. Peterson’s role as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance marks his return to Gustavus; he previously taught at the college from ’09-’12.


MFA in Dance, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; CLMA, Integrated Movement Studies; BFA in Dance, University of Minnesota

Course Taught

T/D-375 (Contemp Mod Dance IV)