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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Joan Frosch
School of Theater + Dance

Professor; Director Center for World Arts
T: 273-0502

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
213 McGuire Pavilion, P.O. Box 115900
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5900

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Research Interests:

Dance, Africa, Media, Globalism

Research Summary:

Dr. Frosch is a dance ethnographer focusing on contemporary global expression in performance. A Certified Laban Movement Analyst, filmmaker, choreographer, and author, she is director and co-founder of UF’s Center for World Arts, a living laboratory that explores the interface of global arts and contemporary culture which supports international curricula and research across disciplines. Recognized by the national Lilly Fellowship for innovative curriculum in Dance in World Cultures, the National Endowment for the Arts (Dance-Creativity), the Cologne Choreographers' Forum for her choreography, "China," her production "Nora" (2008) received the inaugural EMPAC (RPI) Dance MOVieS film commission. "Nora" is broadcast by PBS as part of AfroPop programming. Dr. Frosch is director and producer of the award-winning feature documentary "Movement (R)evolution Africa: a story of an art form in four acts" (2009) broadcast by ZDF.


PhD 2011

CMA 1995

MA 1976

BFA 1973

Key Professional Appointments:

Director, Center for World Arts
Affiliate Faculty, Center for African Studies, University of Florida
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida
Founding Member, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium (TACAC)
Inaugural Gwendolen M. Carter Fellow in African Studies, University of Florida
Advisor to the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife African Immigrant Project
President of the Florida Dance Association
Board of Directors, Congress on Research in Dance


PBS Broadcast (2011-2015)

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) Broadcast (2008, 2009, 2010)
FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou)
Official Selection (2009)
Over 200 Official Selections and Screenings

Selected Works:

“Nora,” Producer (2008) "Movement (R)evolution Africa: a story of an art form in four acts," Director/Producer (2007)


National Endowment for the Arts
Lilly Fellowship
EMPAC (RPI) Dance MOViES film commission


International Educator of the Year, College of Fine Arts
International Educator of the Year, University of Florida
University of Florida's Faculty Achievement Recognition
President's Humanitarian Award, University of Florida


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