School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Gregory King as Assistant Professor of Dance

King brings prestigious record of training and performance to Kent State

Gregory King

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome Gregory King to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Dance beginning in Fall 2016. A professional dancer, choreographer, educator and writer, King brings a prestigious record of training, performance and choreography to Kent State.

King began his dance training at the Washington Ballet (Washington, D.C.) and at American University. He holds an M.F.A. in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation. He participated in the Horton Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress and trained at such notable institutions as The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Alvin Ailey School.

King's extensive performance career has included time spent with The Washington Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Donald Byrd /The Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and New York City Opera. King was a member of the cast of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway from 2001 to 2008. 

As a choreographer, King's work has been performed at Swarthmore College, Dean College, the Kennedy Center, Temple University, Texas Ballet Theatre, Nu Dance Festival, NeoSol Dance and for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefits.

King has taught master classes, lectures, and workshops at University of The Arts, Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Texas Ballet Theatre. He has served as a teaching artist in public schools in and around Dallas, resident guest artist at Temple University, assistant professor of dance at Dean College, and visiting assistant professor of Dance and Consortium on Faculty Diversity Fellow at Swarthmore College. 

King also has multiple credits as a dance writer. His writings have appeared in The Dance Enthusiast, ThINKing Dance, The Philadelphia Dance Journal, and the Broad Street Review.

King is a member of Actors' Equity Association and is affiliated with the National Black Education Organization, the National Council on Black Studies, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and the American Culture Association.


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POSTED: Friday, September 09, 2016 02:25 PM
UPDATED: Saturday, December 03, 2022 01:02 AM
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Kent State University’s School of Theater and Dance is continuing is 2022-2023 season with the production of "Urinetown" running February 24 through March 5.

Experience Dance at Kent State

Dance and learn from Kent State University dance faculty during the Open Master Classes event Sunday, Jan. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. on the Kent Campus!

We're inviting high school-aged dancers at the intermediate/advanced level to spend the day taking two free master classes (Ballet and Modern) led by KSU faculty. You will also spend the day:

  • Watching the prestigious Kent State Dance Ensemble perform repertoire from their 2022-23 season