Bonnie Oda Homsey
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance
Bonnie Oda Homsey’s career evolved from dancer to artistic director, producer, educator, curator, author, lecturer, arts advocate, funder, panelist, and filmmaker. She established Los Angeles Dance Foundation (LADF) in 1978 to cultivate awareness of dance legacies and to strengthen capacity building in the field. LADF’s performance entity American Repertory Dance Company toured 40+ reconstructions of endangered masterworks performed by a roster of prominent artists. For 18 years, she has been Chair of Dance and Arts Advisory Board member for the Princess Grace Foundation-USA supporting emerging talent in dance, film, and theater. Bonnie performed with the Martha Graham Company on Broadway, toured domestically and internationally, originated roles notably with Rudolph Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn, and danced in episodes of ‘Dance in America.’ She was Issue Editor of Choreography and Dance, “Perspectives on the Healthy Dancer,” and her other publications include The Evolving State of Dance in Los Angeles (2014), Matrix of the Artist and Archivist’s Duet for Dance Heritage Coalition (2010), Historical Dances Residencies as Cultural Protein for the NEA/NCCI published Dance from the Campus to the Real World. Bonnie joined the inaugural freshman class when The Juilliard School relocated to Lincoln Center, and later received a B.A. from University of Hawaii, and M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine where she was the Chancellor’s Fellowship recipient. She is a Guest Teaching Artist for New York City, Department of Education’s professional development teacher workshops for 2017-18.
In summer 2018, she will be presenting “When Moons Become Stars” lecture and panel discussion of the five American Indian ballerinas – Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Yvonee Chouteau, Moscelyne Larkin – for Grand Performances. Bonnie is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AGMA, and the recipient of two Lester Horton Awards.