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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma () - Dance Productions ,


Alexander Petit Olivieri (they/he) is currently an assistant professor of dance at the University of Central Oklahoma, teaching contemporary approaches to modern dance, dance film, dance science courses and creative dance making. Additionally, their live performance, video art, film and choreography have been a part of numerous concerts and festivals both nationally and internationally.

As a performer and educator, Olivieri was a company member with the New York City-based dance company, 10 Hairy Legs, and his freelance credits include performing with Christopher Williams’s Dance, Yoshito Sakuraba's Abarukas, Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, Shawn Bible Dance Company, Barkin & Selissen Projects, LaneCoarts, Chris Masters and Jackie Nowicki's NOW Dance Project.

His research has been published in the International Journal of Screendance, and he continues to explore the ‘kinesthetic exchanges’ between cinematographers and dancers. 

Education and Certifications

  • University of Washington, M.F.A. in Dance
  • Boston College, B.A. in Theatre Arts and Philosophy

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

"Kinesthetic Exchanges between Cinematographers and Dancers: A Series of Screendance Interviews" - International Journal of Screendance 

Classes Taught

Modern Dance I II & III,  Composition I & II,  Anatomy for Dancers, Dance Film, Portfolio Development, and Dance Appreciation.

Professional and Community Involvement

Faculty Senate 2022-25

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