Weber State University Dance Faculty

Jo Blake, Assistant Professor of Dance

 

Performer, choreographer, and education, Joseph "Jo" Blake earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington (2017) and BFA from the University of Utah (2003). As a member of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (2003-2013), he taught and performed internationally dancing in works by such artists as Alwin Nikolais, Doug Varcone, Wayne McGregor, Carolyn Carlson, Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Charlotte-Boye-Christensen, along with many other influence dance makers. His interest in education theory, community-based engagement, and social justice have led him to work with community outreach projects such as Yoga Behind Bars and Mark Morris's Dance for Parkinson's Disease. From 2017-2018, Blake spent eight months on UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship.

 

He is the director of joBdance, a conceptual site-specific multidisciplinary dance company. The company's premiere (dis)connect 2019, with an evening-length duet that included live-feed interfact and multi-screen video projectsions. The performance received favorable reviews in Seattle. 

 

Blake is thrilled to be joining the Weber State University Department of Performing Arts. Previously, he was an adjunct professor/part-time lecturer at Utah Valley University, University of Washington and Western Washington University.