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Mark Broomfield

Associate Professor of Dance Studies and Associate Director of the Geneseo Dance Ensemble
Schrader 152 C
(585) 245-6049

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.

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Curriculum Vitae


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

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


  • “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.

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