Choreographer Educator Writer Humanist


Suki John PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, Texas Christian University. Her first book, Cuban Contemporary Dance: Técnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement, is being released by McFarland Press in the Fall of 2012. Suki has worked internationally as a dance artist and scholar. She teaches, choreographs, and writes about the intersections between dance, history and culture.


Suki holds a BFA in Theater Arts from the University of New Mexico, an MA in Dance Scholarship and Choreography from NYU’s Gallatin School, and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut. She studied dance with the Ailey, Ballet West, Danza Contemporánea, Harkness, Joffrey, Limon, Metropolitan Opera, Muller and Ritmo Flamenco companies.

In addition to her new book, Suki is published in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Pointe, Ballet-tanz International, Four Seasons Magazine, The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Dance, Caribbean Dance, Abakuá to Zouk: How Movement Shapes Identity, and Dance Research Journal.

Suki is considered a foremost scholar on Cuban dance. She has traveled extensively to Cuba to write and choreograph. Her new book, Cuban Contemporary Dance: técnica cubana as Revolutionary Movement, reflects her transformative personal and professional experiences in Cuba. Suki’s ballet, After Pandora, was commissioned by Alicia Alonso, and performed by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba for the 14th International Ballet Festival of Havana, 1994. She created Amor y Colera, now titled Cartas de Amor, for Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, 1993.

Suki has worked with the Compañia de la Danza Narciso Medina, based in Havana, since 1992. She arranged with the Cuban Artists Fund and the Guggenheim Museum for the company to travel from Cuba to perform in the Guggenheim’s Works and Process in 2002. Her choreography for the company includes Festina Lente, Ariel, Shake it up, Dyad, Microwave Suite, and BarrigaBestia, which premiered at the First Cuban Festival of Modern Dance, Dias de la Danza 1996.
Suki is founder of ANDANDO, an international inter-cultural exchange organization that fundraises, produces benefit concerts, and delivers care packages of artistic, medical, and humanitarian aid to artists and their families in Cuba.

Suki has presented papers and moderated panel sessions at varied domestic and international conferences, including those hosted by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; the Society of Dance History Scholars; the College Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO); University of California Santa Barbara; University of Connecticut’s Latin American Studies Speakers Series; and CUNY Graduate Center’s Cuba Project, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies.

Suki has had the pleasure of collaborating with many exceptional artists. These include composers Joel Diamond, Ernesto Márquez, SUBA, Kenny Pearson, Amiel Stewart, and Till Meyn; directors Bill Conte, Shannon Marshall, and Peter Wallace; co-producers Ninotchka Bennahum and Narciso Medina; photographers Casey Stoll, Bob Schaffer, and David Garten, whose wonderful images grace the volume Cuban Contemporary Dance; lighting designers Phil Sandstrom and Roma Flowers; scenic designers Eduardo Arrocha and Bojana Ristic; and costume designers Bjanca Adzic, Nancy duBois, Patty Sayers, Alfonso Tarazona, and Vlada. Suki is collaborating with renown American Ballet Theater ballerina Susan Jaffe on a new book.

Suki lives in Ft. Worth with her husband, son and poodle.

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