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Suki John - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Suki John

Professor | Texas Christian University


Suki John is an expert in diversity, social justice, classical modern dance, dance history and art activism.



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TCU Assistant Professor of Modern Dance: Suki John




Suki John is a Professor of classical and contemporary dance at the Texas Christian University.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Feminism and the Arts


Cuban Culture

Cuban Modern Dance

Dance History

Classical Modern Dance Techniques


Art and Activism

Social Justice

Education (3)

University of Connecticut: Ph.D., Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies 2007

New York University - Gallatin School: M.A., Dance History and Choreography 1991

University of New Mexico: B.F.A., Theater Arts 1980

Affiliations (3)

  • Cuban Arts Match: Founder
  • Society of Dance History Scholars
  • Council on Research on Dance

Media Appearances (2)

‘Happily-Ever-After Doesn’t Exist’

The New York Times  online


In a recent email, Suki John and Horacio Cocchi attempted to sum up their 20-year marriage in one paragraph, which read like a grocery list. It included: 8 homes, 9 housemates, 1 foreclosure, 21 jobs, 3 layoffs, 2 miscarriages, 1 birth, 3 parents and 2 friends deceased, 1 bankruptcy, 1 set of dentures, innumerable road trips, 3 days in Amarillo waiting for parts, 9 cars, 5 billion phone calls, far too many dance performances, 5 weeks in Europe, 17 weeks in Cuba, 1 summer in Vermont, 6 mattresses, 2 bread machines, 9 espresso machines, countless bottles of extra virgin olive oil, 5 tango lessons and 2 wedding rings.

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Business Minded

TCU Magazine  online


Students in Suki John’s International Dance Forms class get an interesting assignment each spring. In the senior-level seminar, designed to be one of the last classes dance majors take before graduating, students are asked to create their dream job.

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Articles (2)

Christina Bernal - 1945-2016

Dance Magazine


Bernal's deep spirituality manifested at an early age. While studying at the Royal Ballet School in London she celebrated her eighteenth birthday and, against her parents' wishes, decided to join the Society of the Sacred Heart. After returning to California to perform in The Nutcracker, Bernal took her vows in 1966.

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The Dancer’s Guide to Cuba

Dance Magazine


Dance is central to the cultural life of Cuba, a country of balletomanes and social dancers, innovators and classicists. For two decades, I’ve been one of very few choreographers from the United States to work with Cuban companies, including the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.

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