Sean Hoskins ’02, originally intending on majoring in music, was captivated by the dance program and graduated with a major in dance. His trio, So, We Pivot, was selected to represent the New England region at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in May 2002. During his college years, Sean worked on the tech crew at the American Dance Festival for two summers, was a Dance Education Intern at the Bates Dance Festival twice, and was a regular attendee at the Work in the Performance of Improvisation workshop led by Middlebury and Bennington College faculty.
Sean is now a choreographer, teacher, performer, and screendance creator and has remained active in multiple facets of the dance field. He has presented his work in New York City, Detroit, Boston, and San Francisco (where he lived immediately following graduation from Middlebury). Sean danced with Leslie Seiters’ little known dance theatre (with Middlebury alum Mark Stuver ’97.5), Amy Chavasse & Dancers and Peck Peck Dance, as well in works by Terri Creach, Susan Sgorbati, Jessica Fogel, Melissa Beck and Esduardo Mariscal. As a teacher, Sean directed the Dance Program at Blair Academy and has led classes and workshops at Middlebury College, Bates College, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Berwick Academy, Harrison and Enloe high schools, and at a number of regional American College Dance Festivals.
Sean received his MFA from the University of Michigan in 2011, specializing in choreography and dance for the camera. His thesis work at UM probed the intersections of geography and dance and resulted in a group work, Isolated Proximity, and a solo, Faintlines, which incorporated live, performance-driven technology. The solo was presented at New York City’s Dance New Amsterdam in December 2011.
Sean is currently the Dance Media and Production Coordinator at Wayne State University and Adjunct Faculty at Wayne State and the University of Michigan. He teaches courses in Improvisation, Dance for the Camera, Music & Dance Relationships, and Dance Production, along with instructing students in video editing and image and audio manipulation. He continues to choreograph and perform, as well as create screendances and investigate new technologies.