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Michael Foley



Michael Foley (Professor of Dance, University of South Florida) has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing internationally for over 25 years. His choreography has been commissioned by major international dance companies from the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Cuba, Panama, the Dominican Republic and by the Cirque du Soleil organization. He has taught workshops and master classes at over 100 universities, academic institutions, dance festivals and private studios around the globe. Foley has received numerous recognitions for his work in the Arts including a William J. Fulbright scholarship from the United States government for his research and teaching in Mexico, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, the Chicago National Association of Dance Master’s Artistic Achievement Award, and he was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University. Foley is currently a Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida, where he is a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Certificate of Global Achievement, and Faculty Award for Outstanding Global Student Success. He is also director/creator of the University of South Florida Dance in Paris Programs, which have brought 300 students from 20 different American colleges and universities to Paris since 2007. Foley received his BA from Bates College, and his MFA from the University of Washington.