Curriculum Vitae

Claire Peoples

Height: 5'4"     Eyes: Hazel     Hair: Dark Brown

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Education and Training


2020                    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance. University of Georgia. Athens, GA​​

2019-2020          Joffrey South Summer Intensive. Athens, GA

2019-2020          Joffrey Colorado Springs Summer Intensive. Colorado Springs, CO

2018                     American Dance Festival. Durham, NC

                            Classes: Contact Improvisation (Ray Schwartz), Limón-based Modern Technique (Gerri                                                Houlihan), and Ballet (Rimón Flowers). Performed in informal and formal student choreography                                concerts. 

2014                     Nashville Ballet Summer Intensive. Nashville, TN

2013                     Joffrey South Summer Ballet Intensive. Milledgeville, GA

Awards and Achievements


2020                    University of Georgia Presidential Award of Excellence 

2016-2020          University of Georgia Dean's List

2019                     Blue Key Honor Society
2019                     Dance Student Travel Treasurer  
2018                     Cynthia Jarvis Memorial Scholarship 
2018                     Young Choreographers Series Scholarship 
2018                     Young Choreographers Series Co-President

Company Experience


2018-2020          Dance Repertory Project. Athens, GA  

                            Artistic Director: Lisa Fusillo 

2017-2018          CADE:NCE (Contemporary African Dance Ensemble: New Conscious Explorations).                    

                            Athens, GA

                            Artistic Director: Tamara Thomas

2015-2016         SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company (Apprentice) Roswell, GA

                           Artistic Director: Charlotte Foster Williamson

Performance Experience


2020                   University of Georgia Spring Dance Concert. Athens, GA.

2019                    UGA Young Choreographers Series. Athens, GA.  

2019                    Joffrey Colorado Springs Showcase. Colorado Springs, CO. 

2019                    University of Georgia Spring Dance Concert "Repertory Refracted" Athens, GA                

2019                    American College Dance Association Concert. Southeastern Conference. Kennesaw, GA.                

2018                    University of Georgia Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala. Athens, GA

2018                    DanceATHENS Festival. Guest perforamnce by Dance Repertory Project. Athens, GA. 

2018                    UGA Young Choreographers Series. Athens, GA 

2018                    American Dance Festival Student Showcase. Durham, NC 

2018                    American Dance Festival International Choreographers Showcase. Durham, NC 

2018                    Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceAFRICA Conference. Brooklyn, NY

2018                    University of Georgia Spring Dance Concert "Repertory in Motion" Athens, GA  

2018                    The Modern Pin Up's "It Takes a Village" benefitting Project Safe. Athens, GA 

2018                    American College Dance Association Concert. Hartsville, SC

2018                    CADD: Collegium on African Diasporic Dance Conference. Durham, NC 

2017                     UGA Young Choreographers Series. Athens, GA  

2017                     Rex Nettleford Arts Conference. Edna Manley College. Kingston, Jamaica 

2017                     University of Georgia Spring Dance Concert "Repertory on Common Ground"" Athens, GA 

2016                    UGA Young Choreographers Series. Athens, GA. 

2016                    "10" by SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company. Roswell, GA 

2015                    "Pop!" by SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company. Roswell, GA

Complete List of Repertoire


2020                    Proving Prime. (principal dancer and ensemble) Colleen Barnes. Athens, GA**

2020                    Spin...and begin again. Dr. Lisa Fusillo. Athens, GA**

2020                    Untitled. Elizabeth Osborn-Kibbe. Athens, GA**

2019                     growth. Brenna Hayes. Athens, GA

2019                    one. (soloist and ensemble) Colleen Barnes. Colorado Springs, CO

2019                    All-Go-Rhythm. Rebecca Gose. Athens, GA

2019                    Points of Departure. Dr. Lisa Fusillo. Athens, GA

2019                    Excerpt from ‘The Firebird.’ (corps de ballet) Dr. Lisa Fusillo. Athens, GA

2019                    Girls Get Sh*t Done. (soloist and ensemble) Elizabeth Osborn-Kibbe. Athens, GA

2019                    Lost Loss. Karen L. Charles. Athens, GA

2019                    Ordinary Practice. (dance film) Claire Peoples. Athens, GA

2018                    Sonder. Kristin Jaspers. Athens, GA

2018                    unrequited. (self-choreographed solo) Claire Peoples. Athens, GA

2018                    What About Me? Ellen Kilby. American Dance Festival. Durham, NC

2018                    plus. Claire Peoples, Wesley Urbanzyck, Lea Karnes, Kennedy Butterfield. American Dance                                            Festival. Durham, NC

2018                    Elsewhere, Elsetime. (site-specific piece) Anna Bjella. American Dance Festival. Durham, NC

2018                    Solos. Bailey Praeger. American Dance Festival. Durham, NC

2018                    Guest performance and presentation by CADE:NCE. (dancer and panelist) Brooklyn Academy                                         of Music’s DanceAFRICA Conference presentation honoring Tamara Thomas. Brooklyn, NY

2018                    Defying Death: you can’t steal my JOY. Tamara Thomas. Athens, GA

2018                    Get in Line. Christopher Coates. Athens, GA

2018                    Les filles vont bien. Elizabeth Osborn-Kibbe. Athens, GA

2018                    Rhiannon. (site-specific piece) Lindsay Giedl. Rivers Alive Project. Athens, GA

2018                    The Living Room Series. Lindsay Giedl. “It Takes a Village” benefitting Project Safe, presented by                                  The Modern Pin-Ups.  Athens, GA

2017                    Congrats it’s a… Lindsay Giedl. Athens, GA

2017                    Seascape. Kennedy Butterfield. Athens, GA

2017                    How we do this thing called LIFE. (soloist and ensemble) Tamara Thomas. Kingston, Jamaica

2017                    Dancing with Kings. (guest performer) continuing education presentation by Dr. Lisa Fusillo.                                        Athens, GA

2017                    Beannacht. Janet Robertson and Peggy Thrasher Law. Athens, GA

2017                    Dvorak’s Serenade. Dr. Lisa Fusillo. Athens, GA

2016                    Only Forward We Must Go. Meg Gourley. Athens, GA

2016                    Tapes. (soloist and ensemble) Charlotte Williamson. SIDEWAYS’ “10.” Roswell, GA

2016                    Mad World. Charlotte Williamson. SIDEWAYS’ “10.” Roswell, GA

2016                    Fix You. Charlotte Williamson. SIDEWAYS’ “10.” Roswell, GA

2016                    Sun Will Set. (original contemporary ballet- lead soloist) Andrea Ekmark. Roswell, GA

2016                    Little Wonders. (solo) Charlotte Williamson. Roswell, GA

2015                    The Fame. Charlotte Williamson. SIDEWAYS’ “Pop!” Atlanta, GA

2015                    Stargazing. (soloist) Andrea Ekmark. SIDEWAYS’ “Pop!” Atlanta, GA

2015                    Technology Suite. Trey Mitchell. SIDEWAYS’ “Pop!” Atlanta, GA

2015                    Sugar Plum Fairy Variation from ‘The Nutcracker.’ Atlanta Dance Central Recital 2015. Andrea                                       Ekmark (after Marius Petipa). Roswell, GA

2014                    Candide Fairy Variation from ‘The Sleeping Beauty.’ Atlanta Rising Talent ART Gala 2014. Mary                                     Ann Staib (after Marius Petipa). Roswell, GA

2015                    "Don Quixote Dream Sequence" (demi soloist). Mary Ann Staib (after Marius Petipa). Roswell, GA 

2010-2016         Once Upon a Holiday presented by SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company. (soloist and                                          ensemble). Charlotte Williamson. Atlanta, GA​

**asterisk indicates performances that were canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 crisis. 


2019                    and it will be found again. UGA Young Choreographers Series fulfilling senior thesis                                                        requirements. Athens, GA 

2018                    feathered. UGA Young Choreographers Series. Athens, GA 

2018                    plus. choreographed in collaboration with Kennedy Butterfield, Lea Karnes, and Wesley                                                Urbanzyck. American Dance Festival Student Choreography Showcase. Durham, NC 

Employment History

2020                     Joffrey Ballet School. Resident Advisor/Intern. (Artistic Directors Colleen Barnes/Thelma Flores)

                              Joffrey Southwest Texas and Joffrey Colorado Springs in Texas. Denton, TX

2019-2020           Joffrey Ballet School. Head Resident Advisor (Artistic Director Colleen Barnes) 

                             Joffrey South Georgia. Athens, GA 

                             Joffrey Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, CO 

2017-2020          Social Media Manager. UGA Department of Dance. Athens, GA

2016-2017           Camp Counselor. Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. Roswell, GA

2014-2016          Assistant Dance Instructor. Atlanta Dance Central. Roswell, GA

Teaching Experience 


2020-2021          Private Lessons. Beginner's Ballet. Privately employed. Brookline, MA. 

2016-2020          K-12 Certificate in Dance Undergraduate Coursework. University of Georgia Department of                                        Dance and College of Education. Athens, GA

2020                   University of Georgia High School Dance Day. Assistant/Demonstrator to Colleen Barnes.                                            Intermediate Ballet. Athens, GA

2020                   Hadfield Homeowner's Association. Guest teacher. Jazz Masterclass for local dance students.                                      Roswell, GA

2019                    Guest Creative Movement Teacher (grades 4-6). Athens Montessori School. Athens, GA

2019                    Joffrey South Georgia Summer Intensive. Rehearsal Assistant to Artistic Director Colleen Barnes.                              Athens, GA

2018-2020         Dance Repertory Project. Assistant to the Artistic Director Dr. Lisa Fusillo. Athens, GA

2019                    University of Georgia High School Dance Day. Lead Teacher. Intermediate Ballet Master Class.                                    Athens, GA 

2018                   University of Georgia Teaching Practicum. Assistant Teacher to Joan Buttram. Ballet Foundations                               II Course. Athens, GA

2018                   University of Georgia High School Dance Day. Assistant/Demonstrator to Charlotte Foster                                           Williamson. Luigi Jazz Technique Class. Athens, GA. 

2017                   Guest Creative Movement Teacher (grades K-2). Oconee County Primary School. Watkinsville, GA

2014-2016         Atlanta Dance Central. Assistant Dance Teacher to Charlotte Williamson and Andrea                                                     Ekmark. Kinder Ballet/Tap ages 3-6. Ballet and Jazz for Atlanta Rising Talent Dance Company-                                   MicroMini Level. Roswell, GA. 

Special Skills

Valid US passport, Russian Visa, Teaching dance, tutoring, biking, swimming, driver’s license, stagehand duties, childcare, dance improvisation, contact improvisation, choreography, arts administration skills, arts social media management, rehearsal assistant, photo editing, poster design, basic video editing, printmaking, painting.



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