Jeanne Travers (Professor) is a choreographer, teacher performer and interdisciplinary, international artist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Utah where she graduated with honors. She has been a member of the Dance faculty at the University of South Florida for the past 18 years where she teaches Modern Dance, Choreography, Pedagogy and Improvisation. Ms. Travers was also the former Director of the Dance Program at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and Director of the student based dance company; Orchesis Dance Theatre.
Ms. Travers is deeply involved in collaboration and in interdisciplinary, multicultural choreographic projects. She has collaborated with poets, musicians, opera singers, videographers, ceramic artists, sculptors, actors, set designers and weavers. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally in Bolivia, China, Ecuador, France, Italy, Scotland and Tunisia. Jeanne has also taught master classes, seminars and dance workshops in North America, South America, Europe, North Africa and Asia.
She has taught Master Classes and conducted teaching residencies at Universities , Conservatories and Institutions such as the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing Normal University, Fujian Normal University and Minzu University in China, the Neiderheimer Conservatoire in Paris, France, the Mediterranean Center of Contemporary Dance: Ecole de Danse, and the Centre Culturel et Sportif in Tunis, Tunisia, Teatro el Centro de Arte in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Centro Artistica Pererya Dance Center in La Paz, Bolivia as well as other international institutions.
In addition, Ms. Travers has had the honor of being invited for two consecutive years by the American Embassy in Tunisia to present an evening of her choreography in numerous cities and venues in Tunisia, including the very prestigious El Djem International Festival presented at the second oldest Roman Coliseum in the world. Her choreography, Visions of Peace was presented at the Theatre Dejazet in Paris, France under the high patronage of the Mayor of Paris and the President of the French Red Cross. Subsequently, she received an award for this choreography through the Images and Voices of Hope summit in New York. Her work has also been presented at the Fragmentos de Juno Festival in Ecuador, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Celebrazione Festival in Italy , the Ties of Friendship International Dance Festival in La Paz, Bolivia and at the 2012 International Dance Seminar in Beijing, in China.
Ms. Travers has also taught Master classes or conducted Choreographic/ Residencies at Colleges, Universities and Dance Centers within the United States such as Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, Visionary Dance Theatre in San Diego, California, St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg Florida, Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, Cabrillo College in Capitola, and California, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Her work has also been presented at various venues such as the New World Dance Theatre with the Florida Dance Festival in Miami, the Here Theatre and the Joyce Soho in NYC and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Brooklyn, New York.
Ms. Travers has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including funding through the American Embassy and the Minister of Culture in Tunisia, travel sponsorship from American Express for international projects in Ecuador, sponsorship from the Mayor of Paris for her Visions of Peace project, funding through Beijing Normal University in China, funding through the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in Bolivia, two State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artists’ Fellowships for Outstanding Choreography in the State of Florida, an Individual Artists’ Grant Award through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, two State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs International Cultural Exchange Grants, three University of South Florida Sponsored Research Grants, grants through the USF International Affairs Office, the Latin American/Caribbean Studies Program and numerous grants through the College of the Arts. She was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the TIP Award for outstanding teaching at USF, an Outstanding Academic Advising Award from the University of South Florida, and was also nominated for the Friends of the Arts Award for outstanding teaching contributions to the arts in Pinellas County, Florida.