Jeffrey Peterson


Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance

Jeffrey Peterson holds an MFA in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a Certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis from Integrated Movement Studies, and a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Peterson's performing career includes the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski, ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski, The Grand Step Project by Stephan Koplowitz, Clare Byrne Dance, DELiRiOUS Dance Co. / Edisa Weeks, The Eclectic Edge Ensemble, and The Minnesota Opera, among others.

Prior to his work at Gustavus, Peterson has served in the dance departments at Muhlenberg College, St. Olaf College, Saint Mary's University - Winona, Hamline University, Winona State University, as well as for The Children's Theatre Company, and Zenon Dance School, to name a few.

Dubbed "poetic precision" by the Minneapolis StarTribune, and "moving and heart-racingly joyous" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peterson's choreographic research seeks to challenge the way in which we see the world.  While striving to offer avenues of intellectual and kinesthetic entertainment, Peterson's work can combine dance, theatre, and even colorguard elements, often with a goal of challenging social norms.  “Choreographer Jeffrey Peterson has some serious chops…” –Camille LeFevre,

Mr. Peterson's choreography has been commissioned by Rhythmically Speaking, Dance New Amsterdam's In The Company of Men, Movement Research at Judson Church, as well as by Hamline University, Bucknell University, Zenon's Block E Scholarship Program, Breck School, and The Perpich Center for Arts Education. Further, he has been presented by the Dancenow/NYC Festival at Joe's Pub and JoyceSOHO, Dixon Place (NY), The Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (MN), Kinetic Kitchen (MN), Patrick's Cabaret (MN), The Bedlam Theatre(MN) and The Minnesota Fringe Festivals of 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2017.

As a dance educator, Peterson is most interested in empowering his students to take ownership of their own movements. This involves the creation of a safe space to grow and learn, teaching how to sense one's internal mechanisms, and encouraging the taking of physical risks in order to learn where one's edges reside.  

Peterson is an avid Minnesota Twins fan, holds a 165 average for his bowling team, plays for a softball team called "Purple Reign," and does administrative support for the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps in St. Peter.  He resides in Minneapolis.


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

Courses Taught

T/D-105 (Contemp Mod Dance II) and T/D-109 (Jazz Dance 1)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-117 Dance Repertory Practicum 14 2021/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
T/D-375 Contemp Mod Dance IV 6 2021/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
T/D-235 Intermediate Modern Dance 6 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/FA
T/D-239 Intermediate Jazz Dance 4 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
T/D-109 Beginning Jazz Dance 3 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
T/D-105 Beginning Modern Dance 2 2011/SP
T/D-123 Movement & Space 1 2011/JN
T/D-102 Fundamental Modern Dance 1 2010/FA