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Scott Jovovich
Theater Dance

Rhonda Miller, Director of Commercial BFA Program

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Commercial Dance is the first of its kind in New York City and ranked as a “Top 30” College Dance Program. Our conservatory-style program prepares students for a career in the entertainment industry – Broadway, television, film, media, and beyond. This major offers comprehensive dance training that bridge the gap between classical dance technique and the professional world of commercial dance. Setting itself apart from the concert dance training common to most university programs, Pace’s Commercial Dance program focuses on dance styles and techniques relevant to the individual performer.Our concentration in choreography is nationally acclaimed, ranking #3 in the U.S.

Third-year students spend a semester in Los Angeles – making Pace one of the only bi-coastal dance training programs in the country.
From the classroom to the stage, we believe creating mentorship opportunities through the creative process drives student success. To this end, access to current industry professionals has been a cornerstone of the program. The classroom setting is equally important; we approach curriculum with a 21st century mindset in regards to training, technique and pedagogy. Each semester students have multiple performance opportunities in student-driven shows as well as main stage productions. Main stage productions feature faculty and guest artist works, everything from new world premieres to noted repertory from major contemporary companies. Past company residences include Paul Taylor (Company B), Jose Limon (Psalm), and residencies with Jessica Lang Dance, 10 Hairy Legs, and more. Additionally, numerous guest artists have created pieces on our dancers for the main stage shows, Dance sPace (Fall) and Dance Out Loud (Spring), in all genres of dance. Guests artists have included: Andy Blankenbuehler, Mandy Moore, Josh Bergasse, Jason Samuels Smith, Al Blackstone, Anthony Morigerato, Bo Park, Chloe Arnold, Ephrat Asherie, Tiler Peck, Brian Friedman, Ray Leeper, Jerry Mitchell and many more.

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Scott Jovovich

Scott Jovovich

Professor

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Scott Jovovich began performing at the age of eight, and since that time, his career has taken him worldwide. Exploring his wide range of interests, he has worked in diverse areas of the performing arts field, including dance, musical theater, television, print, choreography, directing, teaching, as well as set and costume design.

From 1982-1995, Mr. Jovovich was a Principal dancer with such companies as The Joffrey Ballet, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Northern Ballet Theatre (England) with Rudolph Nureyev, The Universal Ballet (Korea), Ballet Arizona, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets by some of the world’s foremost choreographers including: Balanchine, Tudor, DeMille, Ashton, Cranko, Massine, MacMillan, Robbins, Arpino, Joffrey, Lander, Lubovitch, Naharin and Ailey, as well as many of the great 19th Century Classics.

n 1989, Mr. Jovovich appeared in the Tony Award winning musical, JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY. The experience not only afforded him the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Robbins, but several other musical theater greats, among them, Mary Martin, Adolph Green, Nancy Walker, Betty Comden and Leonard Bernstein. Jovovich worked on two subsequent projects with Mr. Robbins, a reworking of WEST SIDE STORY, and THE HOME PLAY, a play based on Robbins’ life. Since then he has appeared in CAROUSEL at Lincoln Center, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS with Sarah Jessica Parker, and was featured in FOSSE, where he was privileged to learn the incomparable Fosse Legacy from Anne Reinking, and Fosse’s greatest muse, theater and film legend, Gwen Verdon. Mr. Jovovich has appeared in numerous TV commercials and soaps, performed on the 1989, 1997, and 1999 TONY AWARDS Broadcasts, THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW, and was a guest on MONDAY NIGHT SPORTS.

As a teacher, Mr. Jovovich has been on the faculty of The Joffrey Ballet School, The Shirley Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, The Brandywine Ballet, The New York City Dance Alliance, The University of the Arts in Phila., and is in high demand around the world as a Master Teacher. Since January of 2013, Jovovich has been on Faculty at Pace University at Pace Performing Arts, as a full time Lecturer. In 2008, Mr. Jovovich incorporated JovoDance Productions, a company that provides training in the Performing Arts, Costume and Dancewear Lines, Choreography and Direction and Performing Opportunities, with studios in Bucks County Pa.

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Rhonda Miller

RHONDA MILLER Choreographer is proud to be the Creator and Director of the BFA Commercial Dance program at Pace University.

A founder and co-owner of L.A.’s premier dance studio, The Edge, she was the leader for many years of its successful convention business, L.A. DanceForce. After relocating to New York, Rhonda’s work caught the eye of Broadway director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who included her on his team for the renowned Broadway Bares. A few of her stage credits include Mary Poppins for Arkansas Rep., All Shook Up, Chicago, Hello Dolly and Sister Act for Maine State Music Theater, On Your Feet and Sister Act for Westchester Broadway.

Some of Rhonda’s television credits include Younger with Sutton Foster, American Film Institute Awards with Catherine Zeta Jones, General Hospital, The Boys for HBO and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for HBO. Her work has also been seen in commercials and industrials for such Fortune 500 companies as Chrysler, Toys R Us, Warner Brothers and Exxon-Mobil. Recently you may have seen her on a National Avon Commercial and the movie promo for the feature film, “Isn’t it Romantic?”