Department of Performing Arts
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Dance Program, Professorial Lecturer
Book Currently Reading
'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman and 'The Brain's Way of Healing' by Norman Doidge
Britta Joy Peterson is a dance artist who choreographs, performs, designs, and collaborates on contemporary dance works. A native of the thriving Minneapolis arts community, BJP is now a DC-based creative, working locally, nationally, and internationally with travel informing and shaping both process and product. As a dance maker and educator working primarily in contemporary and jazz forms, BJP’s current research interests includes the intersections of responsive media and movement, prioritization of macro structure in the choreographic act, and in spatial/spacial design. BJP also specializes in dance for the theatrical stage, developing fresh material for classic plays and musicals, and devising choreographies and movement languages for new theatre works. Currently, BJP is the Director of Dance at American University in Washington DC, is choreographing several new works, regularly teaches across the nation, is in process with +++, a creative team producing performances, installations and workshops. She holds her BA in Dance and Communications, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. bjpdance.com.