Michele Rusinko

Faculty

Professor in Theatre and Dance

Michele Rusinko is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, writer, engaged citizen and passionate life-long learner. She has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota, since 1988, and served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for over half those years. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.F.A. from Arizona State University.  Her current research explores the intersections between her experience teaching dance and somatic science; her scholarship in the psychology of resiliency; and an embodied understanding of human dignity. She holds a certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and is currently developing an undergraduate curriculum in the science of resiliency as grounded in the field of Positive Psychology (the scientific study of human flourishing). Drawing from Circle Process, Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology, Rusinko creates structures for participatory learning and wise action to emerge. 

Experience

  • Director, dance program at Gustavus Adolphus College: 1988-present
  • Director of Dance Weber State University
  • Dancer/Choreographer for concerts in Twin Cities
  • Commentator on dance
  • Minnesota Public Radio

Teaching Areas

  • Modern
  • Ballet
  • Dance history
  • Dance composition
  • FTS

Education

B.A. St. Olaf College; M.F.A. Arizona State University



Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Tell Me a Story), T/D-104 (Ballet I), T/D-117 (Dance Repertory Practicum), T/D-270 (Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research), T/D-370 (Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research), and T/D-398 (Theatre Honors Project)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-117 Dance Repertory Practicum 75 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 2000/JN
T/D-104 Ballet I 34 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
T/D-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 25 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-399 Senior Project 19 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
T/D-102 Contemp Mod Dance I 18 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2016/SP, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, and 2000/SP
T/D-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 17 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-377 Choreography 16 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
T/D-398 T/D Honors Project 15 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
T/D-105 Modern Dance II 14 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
T/D-215 Stage Management 13 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
T/D-232 Dance History 11 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 2001/FA
T/D-115 Assistant Stage Manager 11 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Tell Me a Story 10 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
T/D-375 Advanced Modern Dance Company 7 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
NDL-120 Resiliency Rebound 5 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
NDL-108 Bouncing Forward 4 2020/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, and 2016/JN
NDL-144 ST:Resiliency Rebound 4 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, and 2016/FA
T/D-305 Movement Foundations 4 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2008/FA
T/D-120 Body Stories 4 2014/JN, 2013/JN, and 2004/JN
T/D-110 Performance Practicum 4 2002/JN, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
T/D-245 Dance Composition 3 2006/FA, 2002/SP, and 2000/FA
T/D-240 Kinetic Learning 3 2004/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
CUR-240 Theatre Arts 2 2021/SP and 2015/SP
T/D-134 Ballet II 2 2021/SP
T/D-268 Career Exploration 2 2010/JN and 2002/JN
T/D-244 ST:Making Dances 1 2021/JN
T/D-372 Advanced Creative Expression 1 2016/JN
T/D-277 Dance Composition II 1 2015/SP
T/D-107 January Play Production 1 2006/JN
T/D-109 Beginning Jazz Dance 1 2005/SP
IDS-100 Body, Mind, and Art 1 2001/JN
T/D-312 Lighting/Sound Practicum 1 1999/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.