Julianne Pedersen

Julianne Pedersen

Professor, Chair, Department of Dance
College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Expertise: Dance Pedagogy; Choreography; Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst;
Office Location: Sandi Simon Center for Dance 017
Phone: (714) 744-7056
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Connecticut College, Bachelor of Arts
The Ohio State University, Master of Fine Arts


Julianne O’Brien Pedersen has a background in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer, academic leader, and dance educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, a Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University, and is certified yoga instructor and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.

Prior to joining Chapman University, she served as the Dean of the School of Dance at Dean College in Massachusetts and as program director and professor at Eastern Michigan University. She teaches modern techniques, pedagogy, dance history, yoga, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban movement analysis, improvisation, and choreography.

Julianne performed as a founding member and soloist for fourteen years with the Peter Sparling Dance Company. While with Sparling, who was a member of both the Limon Company and the Graham Company, she had the opportunity to train deeply in two foundational modern techniques. She has also had the privilege of performing with William (Bill) Evans, and in repertory by Isadora Duncan set by Lori Bellilove. She has choreographed more than sixty works that have been seen in venues across the states and in El Salvador and received recognition for choreography including funding from the US Embassy in El Salvador, and selection for the American College Regional Dance Festival finale.

An interest in K–12 movement integration curriculum has spanned two decades: receiving several grants from the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children to work with under-served middle schoolers; working with the Malashock Dance School on teaching residencies and math in motion curriculum; and spear- heading movement curriculum into MA public schools in partnership with college internship programs.

She has presented at numerous conferences, most recently including the Somatic Dance Conference (2022), The National Association for Schools of Dance (2023), The National Dance Education Conference (2023), and the Dance and the Child International Conference (2024).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

PRODUCER: "Bridges" Masters at Chapman Concert featuring Jackie Sleight, Ido Tadmor, Dwight Rhoden, Elijah Richardson, Tawny Chapman.
CHOREOGRAPHER: "As if everything is", 12 mins, 11 dancers, with original music by Brian Field. Evans Somatic Festival, NY
PRODUCER: framing dance/dancing frame Masters at Chapman concert with Emmy award winning artist Gideo Raff (homeland), artist Tomer Peretz, and Screen dance artists Peter Sparling and Liz Curtis, and dancer Ido Tadmor
PRODUCER: Masters at Chapman concert featuring internationally acclaimed artists Talia Paz, Michael Getmen, and Ido Tadmor performing with Chapman students, accompanists, and faculty
DANCER: soloist in "Valley of Sighs" for Masters at Chapman. 4 mins, music by Frank Pahl, choreography, video, and art work by Peter Sparling
RESIDENCY: directed intergenerational outreach project for students and residents of Anaheim's Emerald Court Senior Living facility. The project involved pairing students and elders for weekly interviews to learn their life stories. These stories were then crafted into choreography and performed at Emerald Court at the end of the 8-week residency. http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=b2698816-5387-4002-abd3-1199df19df61
DIRECTOR: "Concert Intime", two separate concerts of premieres by junior choreographers, live-streamed from the Waltmar theater
DIRECTOR: "Masters at Chapman: Israeli Exposure", a collaborative effort with the Israeli Consulate of LA, we digitally hosted 4 renowned Israeli artists to show and discuss their work.
CHOREOGRAPHER: "As if everything is", 12 mins, 11 dancers, with original music by Brian Field. Chapman University Faculty Concert
DIRECTOR: "Dance Masters at Chapman", with world famous choreographer Igal Perry, dancer Ido Tadmor, architect Charles Renfro, and pianist Daniel Gortler.
DANCER: performed in the duet "Almost" with Ido Tadmor, choreographed by Tadmor, Music: Max Richter with text from the movie "american beauty", 14 mins.
CHOREOGRAPHER/ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: "It Aint getting any greener" for Orange County School of the Arts Spring Concert
DIRECTOR: "Dance Masters at Chapman", An intimate evening of dance with legends Desmond Richardson, Ido Tadmor, and Eva Poidrun of Poland
CHOREOGRAPHER: "It Aint getting any Greener" 6 dancers, Music: Chucho Valdez, 6 mins, Chapman University Faculty Concert
DIRECTOR: "Dance Masters at Chapman", Chapman University's Memorial Hall. An intimate evening of dance with legends Dwight Rhoden, Ido Tadmor, and Clifford Williams
DIRECTOR: "Three Site Specific Dances", Chapman University Dances at Hilbert Museum, the crosswalk between Palm and Glassell, and the grass knoll sculpture near Oliphant Hall.
CHOREOGRAPHER: "Shore Line Project" with MarcArthur Fellow Artist Elizabeth Turk, Laguna Beach, CA
DIRECTOR AND RE-STAGER: "Let me Lament", solo choreographed by Peter Sparling, restaged by Julianne O’Brien. Music: George Handel, 4.5 minutes. Dancer: Lexi Defillipo. Performed for: --A Glimpse into moments of Grief Concert, Chapman University, with Dr. Louis Thomas on Piano and Dr. Rebecca Sherburn as vocalist, 4/20/2018 --Embark BFA Showcase, Chapman University, 4/8/2018
CHOREOGRAPHER: "Only a thought" 9 dancers, Music: Satie, with text, 13 minutes --Chapman University Faculty Concert, CA
CHOREOGRAPHER: A thing is just a thing, 2016 Spoken word solo. 12 minutes Chapman University Faculty Concert, CA
CHOREOGRAPHER: Everybody Knows, 2016 Music: Leonard Cohen. Set design: Jim Beauregard. 9 minutes Dean College Faculty and Guest Artist Concert, MA
CHOREOGRAPHER: Incipient Flower, 2016 Music: Brian Eno. Co-choreographed with Rose Beauchamp. 8 minutes CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL REGIONAL GALA CONCERT, MA
DANCER: 2015 “Dreaming Gate” choreographed by Bill Evans. Dean College, MA.
CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR: Franklin Sculpture Garden Site Specific Performances, 2015 5 dances choreographed in and around 5 sculptures, August Live music: Greg Woodsbie. Time 1 hour Franklin, MA. CULTURAL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE SERIES
CHOREOGRAPHER: There, There, There, 2005-20014 Music: Dvorak. Text from research on birth order theory. 12 minutes Dean College Faculty and Guest Artist Concert, MA John Malashock Faculty Dance Concert, San Diego, CA, 2011 Eastern Michigan University Faculty and Guest Artist Concert, 2005 Women on the Move Dance Gallery Faculty Concert, MI. 2005.