Loyola Marymount University

Wednesday, May 12
Laura Smyth
Jazz
Tuesday, June 15
Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo
Modern/Contemporary
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

The LMU Dance Program is housed in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and offers coursework for the dance major, the dance minor, and for the student who wishes to pursue dance as an elective or general education. Dance majors earn a B.A. degree and are prepared for advanced study in graduate school as well as careers in performing, teaching, and related work in the fields of business and health care.

Our curriculum builds upon the foundation of dance as an art form and a humanistic experience. Studio and theory coursework are designed to integrate practical dance experience with more formal academic study so that the student is educated as a dancer who can perform, write, and speak about the art of dance and dancing.

The LMU Dance Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and takes part in the American College Dance Association (ACDA).

Laura Smyth headshot

Laura Smyth

Loyola U dance department performance photo

photo: Colbert Davis

LMU Jazz Instructor Laura Ann Smyth earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Dance from The University of Calgary and received a Journalism Certificate from Mount Royal University. After relocating to the United States from Canada to earn her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, Smyth performed with Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and went on to become a member of Donna Sternberg and Dancers as well as JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and Brockus:RED. Smyth is currently a Doctoral Student in Dance Studies at Texas Woman’s University where her research is centered on the intersection of embodied rhetoric, Black radical thought and dance forms of the African Diaspora, specifically jazz-informed movement practices.

Passionate about the preservation of jazz dance and its role in the academy, Smyth has presented at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, The World Dance Alliance Conference (WDA) and the National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO) addressing these topics. After spending three years as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, Smyth is overjoyed to be returning to Southern California. Smyth, still actively engaged in her own performance career, loves seeking out and creating projects that blur the antiquated boundaries between concert and commercial dance. Smyth holds a Simonson Method Teaching Training Certification (SMTT) and has been a Pure Barre Boutique fitness instructor for eight years.

Roz LeBlanc Loo headshot

Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo

Loyola U dance department performance photo

photo: Jason Munoz

Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo has spent over twenty-years in dance as a performer, choreographer and educator. She holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University. She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002), and the Liz Gerring Dance Company (2003-2006). In addition to performing the work of various independent choreographers, LeBlanc Loo has also danced with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera and for the 250th Mozart Celebration in Salzburg, Austria. She has had her writing published in the leading international dance periodicals, Dance Magazine and Ballettanz, and her choreography presented in venues around the country.

She continues her work with Bill T. Jones in the preservation of his legacy and pedagogy, most notably, directing the LMU Dance-Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Educational Partnership. She also produced and co-directed the newly released documentary film, Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters. The film was awarded the Graves Award in the Humanities, as well as funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. In 2020, Rosalynde was inducted as an honorary member into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu.