Assistant Professor of Practice
Ballet, Contemporary, Repertory
Bruce McCormick is an educator, choreographer, performer and scholar. He earned his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington, where he served as Assistant Professor of Dance from 2015-2018. He joins the faculty at USC Kaufman as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Ballet Technique in August 2018.
Originally from New Jersey, he trained with the Vineland Regional Dance Company and the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, spending summers at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet and as a private student of Maestro Héctor Zaraspe in Argentina and Ecuador. He performed in twelve countries on four continents as a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the Bern Ballet, where he was a soloist and ballet master. He also served as the assistant artistic director of North Netherlands Dance and a guest rehearsal director with Ballet BC.
Throughout his career, he danced works by many choreographers including George Balanchine, Stijn Celis, John Cranko, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jacopo Godani, Jiří Kylián, José Limón, Susan Marshall, Cathy Marston, Ohad Naharin, Marius Petipa, Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor and Doug Varone. In addition, he assisted choreographers Karole Armitage, Roy Assaf, Stijn Celis, Itzik Galili, Emanuel Gat, Emily Molnar, Andrea Miller, Stephen Shropshire and Medhi Walerski, among others.
McCormick has presented his own choreographic work in various venues throughout the Americas and Europe, and has worked as a guest teacher with several companies. He also choreographed the opera Eugene Onegin for the Stadttheater Bern and restaged Stijn Celis’s choreography for The Merry Widow for the Royal Danish Opera. His most recent festival credits include Against the Grain/Men in Dance, Dance Deck, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and the ITS Festival in Amsterdam.