Jeff Slayton, Resume


Richmond Professional Institute, Richmond, VA., Theatre Major, 1963- 1964
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, Dance Major, 1966-1967

Professional Experience:  

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 1967-1970
Viola Farber Dance Company, Principal dancer, 1968-1978
Jeff Slayton & Dancers, Artistic Director, 1978-1983


Companies:  New York Dance Collective, Colorado Repertory Dance Company, New Dance Ensemble, Lynn Dally & Dancers, Jeff Slayton & Dancers, Vox Dance Theatre, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth.
Soloists:  Karen Shanley, Donna White, Marie Cheng, Viola Farber, Jeff Slayton, Sarah Swenson
University, College Dance Departments:  New York University – TISCH; University of Montana; California State University, Long Beach; University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA.; University of California, Berkeley; Mills College; Cornell University; North Carolina School of the Arts.
Dance Festivals: Arts Festival, Arles, France; Long Beach Summer School of Dance; American Dance Festival, Durham, NC.; American Dance Festival-Montevideo, Uruguay; American Dance Festival-Buenos Aires, Argentina; American Dance Festival-Caracas, Venezuela; American Dance Festival-Seoul, Korea
Other:  Saint Joseph Ballet (Santa Ana, CA.)

Professional Teaching:             

Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, New York, 1968-1970
Viola Farber Dance Studio, New York, 1969-1978
New Dance Group, New York, 1972-1974
New Haven Dance Group, New Haven, CT., 1972
Boston Dance Group, Boston, 1972
Eyes Wide Open Dance Studio, Venice, CA. 1978-1980
Ruiz Dance Studio, Long Beach, CA. 1978-1982
Long Beach Summer School of Dance, CA. 1979, 1984
American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, 1988-1996

University Teaching:                       

New York University – TISCH, New York, 1972-1974
University of Montana, Missoula, summer of 1977
University of California, Los Angeles, 1978 – fall
California State University, Long Beach, Part-Time 1978-1985, Full Time 1986-1999 Retired as tenured Full Professor
University of Utah, Salt Lake, winter 1979, spring 1980
California State University, San Jose, Fall 1988
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, spring 1989
University of California, Berkeley, 1999-2000
Mills College, Oakland, CA. 2000-2001
North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, 2002-2003
California State University, Long Beach, Part-Time, spring 2009, 2010


Gold Medal for Creativity and Expression, shared with Viola Farber, Ninth International Dance Festival, Paris, France, 1972

Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, California State University, Long Beach, 1992


National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship Grants, 1979, 1980, 1981           
Choreography Stipend, California State University, Long Beach, 1990


California Arts Council – Dance Touring, 1988, 1989
National Endowment for the Arts – Dance Touring, 1990Long Beach Dance Foundation – Understanding Dance, 2008.Lester Horton Awards Review Committee, Fall 2013

Books Published:           

The Prickly Rose: A Biography of Viola Farber, published 2006, AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN.

Dancing Toward Sanity, 2014, Dorrance Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, PA.

Speaking Engagements:           

California Dance Education Association, Publishing Dance, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, February 16, 2015.

Speaking of Dance Series, February 8, 2015 at John Pennington’s ARC in Pasadena, CA.

Other Professional Writing Experience:           

Dance Critic for

Board Member:           

Long Beach Dance Foundation, Inc., Treasurer, 2007 – 2010

Vox Dance Theatre – 2010-2012

Advisory Board, Clairobscur Dance Company, Los Angeles, CA. 2015 to present