Professor, Co-Director of the Dance Program
What I Do at SSU
I instruct all levels of contemporary/modern dance technique. I also teach dance history (with an emphasis on 20th century dance and its socio-political context), choreography, and experiential anatomy. I often direct SSU's Fall and Spring Dance Ensemble Concerts and make original work every year with SSU students. I continue to choreograph and perform with SoCo Dance Theater and with other artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am the Co-Director of the Dance Program at SSU.
MFA, University of Washington
BFA, Ohio University
Kristen Daley is currently a Professor and Dance Program Director at Sonoma State University. She toured Europe, Canada and much of the United States for seven years performing and teaching with the critically acclaimed, Bessie-award winning Doug Elkins Dance Company (based in New York City). Kristen has also worked with Christine Cali, Mark Haim, Locate Performance Group, Nancy Lyons, Matthew Nash, Mercy Sidbury, Gus Solomons Jr. Dance and Nichele Van Portfleet. She was a member of the Chamber Dance Company in Seattle, WA dancing the works of Isadora Duncan, Hanya Holm, Hannah Kahn, Murray Louis, Susan Marshall, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris and Anna Sokolow. She has been a guest artist at Ohio University, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Dance Works Rotterdam and Summerdance Santa Barbara. She was a member of SEAM (Support and Elevate Artist Mothers), a dance collective in the San Francisco/Bay Area landscape that exploring the complex relationship between art-making and motherhood.
Kristen is a founding member of SoCo Dance Theater, a multi-generational dance company based in Sonoma County, CA. Her work has been presented at American College Dance Association’s West Gala Concert (Arizona), Dance Mission Theater, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Sonoma County and Sonoma State University. Kristen received her BFA (dance) from Ohio University in Athens, OH and her MFA (dance) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.