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Mark Broomfield

Associate Professor of Dance Studies and Associate Director of the Geneseo Dance Ensemble
Brodie 163
(585) 245-5983
broomfield@geneseo.edu

Mark Broomfield is a scholar/artist who has danced with the repertory company Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, performing in leading works by some of the most diverse and recognized African American choreographers in the American modern dance tradition that include: Talley Beatty, Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, Donald McKayle, David Rousseve, and Ronald K. Brown. He also danced with Houlihan and Dancers, Snappy Dance Theater and apprenticed with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Dr. Broomfield is currently working on his book manuscript Black Queer Masculinities in American Contemporary Dance: Passing for Almost Straight under contract with Routledge. The book examines the centrality of the black queer male dancing body to understanding strategic gender performances on and offstage. Dr. Broomfield is also producing and directing the documentary film Danced Out. Filmed in New York City, the documentary features the acclaimed dancer-choreographers Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marcelo Gomes, Principal Guest Artist and Choreographer, Ronald K. Brown of Evidence, and present and former members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Prior to SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Broomfield was a Dissertation Fellow at the University of Richmond and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Broomfield is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions that include: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, National Black Programming Consortium Blog Competition, Florida Dance Festival, and featured in the 2001 Emmy Award winning Ailey Camp "Chowdah" Production.

Personal Website

Portrait of Mark Broomfield

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside

  • M.F.A. in Dance, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Publications

  • “Danced Out: When Passing for Almost Straight Is Not Enough.” The International Journal of Screendance. Eds. Melissa Blanco Borelli and Rachel Monroe. 9 (June): 172-181, 2018.

  • “Branding Ailey: The Embodied Resistance of the Queer Black Male Dancing Body,” Oxford Handbooks Online. Music and Dance (Aug): 1-25, 2017.

  • “Passing Out.” Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies: Talking Black Dance Inside Out/Outside In. Society of Dance History Scholars. Eds. Thomas DeFrantz and Takiyah Nur Amin. Vol. 36 (Dec): 32-33, 2016.

  • Broomfield, Mark (2011): Policing Masculinity and Dance Reality Television: What Gender Nonconformity Can Teach Us in the Classroom, Journal of Dance Education, 11:4, 124-128.

Classes

  • DANC 100: F/Introduction to Dance

    A survey of various styles of dance, selected from ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ethnic, and folk. Included are the historical background of theatrical dance, experience with dance technique and choreography, Labanotation, films on dance in various societies, demonstrations of lighting and costuming, dance criticism, and the contemporary scene. (Readings and attendance at on-campus performances or films is required.)

  • DANC 265: Dance Ensemble

    Development of proficiency in dance performance through rehearsal and presentation of various forms of dance. A concert is presented on-campus each semester. Admission is by permission of instructor following audition. (May be repeated for credit. A maximum of eight semester hours in DANC 265 may be applied to a degree.) Prerequisites/Corequisites: DANC 101-104, DANC 201-204, or DANC 301-303.

  • DANC 303: Jazz Dance III-Stu

    Principles and movement techniques of leading styles of jazz dance on an intermediate-advanced level. Participation at dance concerts, reading and writing assignments, and video evaluation will be required. (May be taken two times.) Prerequisites: DANC 203 or an equivalent and permission of instructor. Offered fall, even years

  • DANC 303: Jazz Dance III-Lec

    Principles and movement techniques of leading styles of jazz dance on an intermediate-advanced level. Participation at dance concerts, reading and writing assignments, and video evaluation will be required. (May be taken two times.) Prerequisites: DANC 203 or an equivalent and permission of instructor. Offered fall, even years

Research Interests

Professor Broomfield’s research interests include:

  • Critical Dance Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Masculinity Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Black Diasporas
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Oral History
  • Ethnography
  • Western Theatre Dance History and Theory
  • Dance in Non-Western Cultures
  • Dance Education and Pedagogy
  • Dance Technique (Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Afro-Caribbean)
  • Choreography
  • Composition