Currently serving as Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at California State University Long Beach, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette originally came to CSULB to serve as Chair of the acclaimed Dance Department. She combines years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer with an additional love of theatre. She has directed equity waiver theatre and served as a movement consultant and choreographer to various regional theatre companies. Cyrus received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine.
As a dance historian, she is particularly interested in 20th Century dance in America. The Library of Congress recently published an article on her research of early 20th Century ballet dancer and choreographer Adolph Bolm. Cyrus has been a featured speaker at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Bowers Museum, presenting the pre-performance talks for the National Ballet of China’s production of Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern, and Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel’s 2005 tour.
Cyrus is the recipient of the 2003 California Dance Educator of the Year presented by the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the 2004 Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance Education presented by California Dance and Movement.