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School of Theatre and Dance welcomes Jeffrey Rockland as new dance division coordinator

Rockland brings decades of experience as dancer, educator and choreographer

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University is happy to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Rockland as dance division coordinator and associate professor of dance.

Rockland comes to Kent State from Tucson, Arizona, where he served as full-time dance faculty for Tucson Magnet High School for Arts and Sciences, was dance coordinator for the Music and Dance Academies and choreographed and instructed for the Flor de Liz Dance Ensemble. Previously, Rockland was an associate professor in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Northern Colorado.  While in Colorado, Rockland directed the University‘s ballet program and was Founding Executive Artistic Director of Colorado Dance Theatre and The Greeley Conservatory of Dance.  Working with business partners, Rockland renovated a 10,000 square foot building (now The Conservatory Building) as a center for the arts in Greeley’s historic downtown.

Rockland holds a bachelor of arts and teacher’s certification in ballet from Virginia Intermont College, a master of arts in arts management from Concordia University, a master of fine arts in dance from the University of California Irvine and a secondary teacher’s certification from Pima Community College. He also holds national certification as a personal trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine.

In addition to his career as an educator, Rockland has performed with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, the Atlanta Ballet Company, the Universal Ballet (Seoul, South Korea), the Scottish-American Ballet and the Bristol Ballet Company. He has choreographed pieces for musical theatre and ballet at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. Additionally, Rockland has extensive business experience and previously was administrator of several mortgage, investment and real estate firms.

When asked, Rockland stated he is “passionate about developing and supporting new educational and performance opportunities for the diverse and talented pool of students assembled within the School of Theatre and Dance…and looks forward to helping students and faculty reach their potential by creating an atmosphere of synergy and collaboration.”

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Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, jkoneval@kent.edu