CFA Faculty Biography

Kristin O'Neal
School of Theater + Dance
Adjunct Lecturer
Specialization: Dance

T: (352) 273-0516
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Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Kristin acquired an MFA in dance from Hollins University/ADF (Roanoke, VA) and a BFA degree from Wright State University (Dayton, OH). Kristin moved to South Florida in 1993 where she performed with South Florida greats, Gerri Houlihan and Dale Andree’s Mary Street Dance Theatre, as well as other local artists, Joanne Barrett, Pablo Cano, Bill Doolin, Demetrius Klein, Katherine Kramer, Elana Lanczi, Nikki Rollason and Clifton Childree among others. From 1997-2005, Kristin served as the Dance Coordinator of Broward Community College where she implemented a shared artist-in-residence program in partnership with the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood that continues to serve the dance program and the Broward county community today. While choreographing and teaching at BCC, Kristin traveled three counties weekly to share her dance passion with young dancers at the Ballet Palm Beach (Esther Center) in Palm Beach Gardens, as well as with pre-professional students in Miami at the New World School of the Arts. It was during this time she was honored in the 2005-06 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Kristin’s love of teaching and performing modern dance and improvisation has been fed, nurtured and inspired by her engagement in other artists’ processes, festivals and personal projects like Heidi Duckler, Doug Varone, Nancy Stark Smith, Barbara Dilley, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Barbara Mahler and Rafael Lopez Barrantes to name a few. Kristin has received commissions/honorariums for her choreography and collaborations from producers like the Miami Light Project, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Florida Dance Festival, MamLuft & Company (Cincinnati, OH), Emory University (Atlanta,GA) and Moving Current Dance Collective (Tampa, FL). Her work has been shown around Florida as well as New York City venues WOW Café’ Theatre and the Joyce/Soho (A.W.A.R.D. Show 2008!). Kristin has served on the dance faculty at the University of Florida since 2008 and enjoys leading contact improvisation jams for the local Gainesville community. Kristin is closely connected with the Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME) where she manages the box office, assists in programming and works as liason to the visiting artists in residence. Kristin also while also performs with Greg Catellier of Catellier Dance Projects (Atlanta, GA).


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