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Sheldon B. Smith

Adjunct Professor of Dance
Joan Danforth Endowed Professor in the Arts


BA, Colorado College
MFA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests

Dancing, making dances, making music, working with dance and technology, making video art


Smith has been a full-time adjunct at Mills College since 2008. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he discovered a love of experimentalism and electronic music while becoming the first-ever dance major at Colorado College. He went on to receive an MFA in dance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he wrote a thesis, prior to the internet era, speculating on an emerging form of dance that might radically innovate through swiftly evolving technologies. Prior to arriving in the Bay Area, he made highly regarded dance/theater works in Chicago while supporting himself as a stage rigging supervisor.

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