Rhonda Miller

Rhonda Miller

Clinical Associate Professor
Program Head: BFA Commercial Dance
Sands College of Performing Arts
Performing Arts
NYC

Biography

Faculty Bio

Rhonda Miller (Director/Program Head of BFA Commercial Dance Program) She was a founder and co-owner of L.A.’s premier dance studio, The Edge and was the leader for many years of its convention business, L.A. DanceForce. . Her work has also been seen in commercials and industrials for such Fortune 500 companies as Apple, Chrysler, Toys R Us, Warner Brothers and Exxon-Mobil. She recently choreographed MARY POPPINS, CATS and ANYTHING GOES. She holds her BFA from the University of Utah and her MPA from Oklahoma City University

Awards and Honors

  • Dance Educators of America, 2014, Lifetime Achievement
  • New York Musical Theater Festival, 2008, Outstanding Choreography
  • Oklahoma City University, 1998, First Dancer/Choreographer to be inducted in Oklahoma City University Hall of Honor

Education

Master of Performing Arts, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, 1985
Directing/Performing Arts

Research and Creative Works

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Chicago, The Musical
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Potsdam, New YorkSister Act
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Mainestate Music Theater/Brunswick, MECurtains
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] The Wick, Boca Raton, FLMary Poppins
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock ArkansasCinematastic
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] International Performers, Princess Cruise Lines, Beverly Hills, CAHairspray, Little Shop of Horrors
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Suny Potsdam Community Performance Series, Potsdam, New YorkRescue Rue
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Off Broadway Production, New York CityCats, Anything Goes
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Suny Potsdam Community Performance Series, Potsdam, New YorkBroadway Nights
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Celebrity Cruislines performers, Celebrity Cruislines, Miami, FLApple Industrial
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Los Angeles Hired Performers, Los Angeles, CASomething Cloudy Something Clear
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MA 2011The Parade
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Tennessee Williams Festival, Provincetown, MANickelodeon Upfronts
[Dance - Interdisciplinary work(s)] Performers from around the US, New York City, NYChicago, The Musical
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Mainstate Music Theatre, Brunswick, MaineAFI Awards starring Catherine Zeta-Jones
[Dance - Choreograph piece] Hired dancers from Los Angeles, TV LAND, Los Angeles, CARENT
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Skylight Theater, Milwaukee, WisconsinThe Young and the Restless
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Television Actress, CBS Television, Los Angeles, CAALL SHOOK UP
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Maine State Music Theater, Brunswick, MaineGeneral Hospital
[Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces] Emmy Award winner Kimberly McCullough, ABC Television, Los Angeles, CAFood Network Television Commercial
[Dance - Choreograph piece] New York City, NYChrysler " Do the "Buckle" Commercial
[Dance - Choreograph piece] Los Angeles, CA, NYC New YorkToys R Us
[Dance - Choreograph piece] Los Angeles, CA1-800-ASK USPS
[Dance - Choreograph piece] Los Angeles, CAMorton Gould's Tap Dance Concerto
[Dance - Choreograph piece] Irving Texas Symphony, Dallas Texas

Courses Taught

Past Courses

DAN 102: Jazz Dance
DAN 105: Jazz for Musical Theater
DAN 105: Musical Theater Dance Styles
DAN 109: Theater Dance I
DAN 112: Dance Choreography Workshop
DAN 114: Theater Dance II
DAN 196: Tpc:Theater Dance II (Int/Adv)
DAN 205: Jazz Dance II (Intermediate)
DAN 206: Tap Dance II
DAN 211: Jazz III
DAN 300: Jazz IV
DAN 311: Jazz III
DAN 312: Choreography
PACD 102: Jazz I
PACD 107: Jazz II
PACD 116: Tap Dance 1
PACD 199: Commercial Dance Lab
PACD 227: Choreography I
PACD 309: Jazz V
PACD 325: Improvisation
PACD 344: L.A. Industry Seminar
PACD 384: Appld Perfm Lab for BFA Dancrs
PACD 396: Appld Perfm Lab for BFA Dancrs
PACD 400: Ballet VI
PACD 420: Advanced Choreography
PACD 475: Dance Seminar
PACD 496: Choreography for the Camera
PACD 496: Dance Exp in Los Angeles
PACD 496: Dance for the Camera Lab
PACD 499: Senior Project
PAGE 152: Jazz I
PAGE 155: Theater Dance I
PAGE 390: Theatre Internship
PAGE 395: Independent Study in Theater
THR 196: Performing Arts Freshman Sem
THR 225: Theatre Practicum
THR 390: Theatre Internship
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Dance Teacher Publication: Interview for BFA Commercial Dance Program, Pace University Dance Spirit Magazine: Interview for BFA Commercial Dance Program, Pace University Back Stage Performing Arts Trade Publication: Interview on new B.A. Theater/Commercial Dance Program for Pace University October 6th, 2011 Lisa Jo Sagolla Dance Spirit Magazine: Interview promoting the B.A. Theater/Commercial Dance Program for Pace University. (September 2011 issue) Featured Interviews: Dance Teacher Publication: Spotlight on Rhonda Miller Seen and Heard at the Dance Teacher Summit. Andrea Marks Dance Magazine: Interview for BFA Commercial Dance Program, PPA Dance Agents vs. Managers 2007 Projecting the Right Image, Whether Auditioning for Stage or Screen. February 2005, Kristin Lewis Choreographing for solo dancers 2008 Dancer Magazine: Featured Article on Rhonda Miller: Induction into the Oklahoma City University Hall of Honor November, 1994 Dance Teacher Magazine: Interview: New B.A. Theater/Commercial Dance Program for Pace University (September 2011 issue) Interview: Rhonda Miller Jazz Master The Art of Being Rhonda and Dance in Higher Education featuring information on the addition of the Musical Theater Dance Program for Pace University. December 2007 Jenny Tu editor Featured article: Coping with Choreography Burn Out. February 2010 Kristin Lewis The Performer’s Edge Magazine: News Brief: Rhonda Miller Inducted into the Oklahoma City University Hall Of Honor November/December Issue 1994 INSTRUCTIONAL DANCE VIDEOS: Produced by Bob Rizzo, World Renowned Jazz Master. Instructional DVD’s are designed by Rhonda Miller to educate dance teachers around the world and provide classroom materials/assignments for all dance levels and age groups. Lyrical Jazz with Rhonda Miller This video is for LYRICAL JAZZ instruction and choreography. Dance teachers and studio owners all over the world purchase and study this unique & edgy dance style! Three pieces of choreography are taught for three levels of the lyrical dance student! Jazz it Up: With Rhonda Miller Learn to execute Jazz dance with style! This DVD represents several across the floor combinations and three unique and edgy pieces of choreography for different levels of dance ability! This video is issued as a dance textbook with assignments to exercise Jazz dance style and technique. Strictly Jazz: with Rhonda Miller Produced by Jazz Dance Legend Bob Rizzo. This DVD contains four different combinations for jazz class. Starting with a beginning “funky” combination, followed by an intermediate music theatre combination, a technically difficult advanced combination and ends with a “cutting edge” jazz piece of choreography. Learn great new material from one of the best jazz teachers around. Material from this DVD can be used to teach and educate students in every level of jazz dance class. Each combination is first performed straight through with music and then broken down into sections and slowly demonstrated by four young dancers. Jazz X Three! This double length DVD teaches Jazz combinations and short routines designed for class and for use in choreography. Renowned instructors Rhonda Miller, Gregg Russell and Bob Rizzo each take you through turns, jumps, kicks, floor work and more! There is dance material to learn for every type of jazz teacher. These combinations and routines are designed for the intermediate level dancer, but many of the progressions are also demonstrated for beginner and advanced. ACADEMIC CREATIVE CREDITS: CHOREOGRAPHER Kiss Me Kate Schimmel Theater, Pace University, NYC 2011 A Christmas Carol Schimmel Theater, Pace University, NYC 2010 City of Angels Schimmel Theater, Pace University, NYC 2009 All Shook Up Schimmel Theater, Pace University, NYC 2008 Wild Party SchaberleTheater, Pace University, NYC 2007 DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER
(2014, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Dance Media Publications. Vol 1 (Issue 1) , pages 2. https://www.dancemedia.com

Presentations

(2015, August 8). The Bridge. Chicago IL.

(2015, July). Dancer Palooza. Long Beach, CA.

(2014, December). The Bridge. Chicago, IL.

Dance in Higher Education
(2014, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2013, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2012, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2011, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2010, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2009, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2008, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Dance in Higher Education
(2007, July 28). Dance Teacher Summit. NY Hilton.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers [Member]
  • Society of Directors, Choreographers [Full Member]