Sean Sullivan

Contemporary dance faculty member Sean Sullivan informs his dance technique classes by the traditions of José Limón and Doris Humphrey. Using their philosophies as a base, he have developed exercises and techniques that investigate and play with gravity, momentum, breath, opposition, core initiation, extension of energy to inform/create line and, of course, musicality.

Sullivan's composition classes begin with a supposition that any movement idea can be a basis for choreographic or improvised study. Toward that presumption, his classes investigate various methods, tools, tactics and strategies that could possibly assist the excavation and development of the idea.

Career Highlights

  • Performed with the Limón Dance Company, 1990–96
  • Performed with B.J. Sullivan/ Life in Dance, 1998–2007
  • Performed with Colin Connor and Dancers, 1990–95
  • Performed with Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, 1990–91

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award 2004


MFAUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BFACalifornia State University at Long Beach