Friday Forum Guest Dance Artists Program
2021-2022 Academic Year
Carlos Jones will provide a guest lecture on teaching methods on Monday, March 14, 2022. Jones is Associate Dean and African Studies Coordinator, Buffalo State College. He has a body of work that extends from the concert stage to theater to television and film. His eclectic background has brought him recognition as an international artist. Concert appearances include work with such companies as: Loretta Livingston, Bethune Theatredance, Dance Kansas City Modern/Jazz CO., and his own Carlos Jones & Company. Among his theatrical credits are Some Like it Hot, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Man of La Mancha, It's a Pretty Good Life, and Sesame Street Live.
As a director/choreographer Jones is prolific and his concert works have been presented with San Jose Dance Company, Dance Spectrum Alaska, Adage Repertory Company, Bethune Theater/Dance, and Link Dane Theatre to name a few. Theatrical Directing/Choreography includes History of White Music, Saucy JAck and the Space Vixons, Reefer Madness, Lost in Hollywoodland, She Hysteric, West Side Story, City of Angels, Beauty and the Beast, Babes in Arms, Black Nativity, Hair, Godspell, Dames at Sea, and Once Upon a Mattress under the direction of Carol Burnett. In addition, he has created dance segments for a number of video and film productions including the award winning film short, Insurance Inc.
Mr. Jones has inspired youth in his community for a number of years. He was founder and director of the Los Angelas training facility Academy 331 Fine Arts Center, Founding Artistic Director of Teen Dance Company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and continues to serve as artistic advisor to In-sync Dance Theater in Glendale California. His current research in arts integration keeps him active in K-12 residencies and on the boards of MUSE and CAPC, two Buffalo, NY based arts organizations.
A man of scholar, Jones holds an MFA from University of California. He has served on the faculties of UCLA, UC-Irvine, Chapman University, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, and St.Cloud State University. Carlos was among four recipients to be awarded the coveted SUNY Diversity Faculty Fellow Position- a prestigious award selected from candidates submitted by the 63 SUNY colleges and universities. Jones is currently Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Buffalo State College.