MFA, The Ohio State University, Columbus
BA, Hunter College, New York, NY
Associate Professor Joe Alter has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance for over 25 years. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on choreography and dance technology. As artistic director of the Joe Alter Dance Group, his works have been performed at The Kitchen, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the 92nd St. Y, Harkness Center for Dance in New York City and internationally in Germany, Poland, and Serbia. In collaboration with international partners, Alter created the Polish Project, a regional outreach program designed to investigate the creative process with disadvantaged youth throughout Poland.
Mr. Alter has taught at numerous festivals throughout East-Central Europe and was a guest faculty member at the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University. His research interests include digital technologies as applied to dance, dance pedagogy in higher education, somatic and contemplative practices and the continuous investigation of the human condition through movement and choreographic structure. Recent works include “The End is the Beginning” for Tijuana’s Lux Boreal, “Everything Slips Away” for PWST in Krakow, Poland and “Passing Through”, a site specific work commissioned by Trolley Dances San Diego.