Cynthia Roses-Thema

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TEMPE Campus
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2002
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

Cynthia Roses-Thema is the fourth generation of a show business family that includes vaudeville hoofers and singers, a Broadway actress, magicians with Ringling Brothers Circus and a Hollywood producer. Carrying on her show business heritage, Roses-Thema has had diverse career pathways in the performing arts as a dancer, actor and writer. Her first career in the performing arts culminated in being a principal ballerina for the Chicago and Cincinnati Ballet Companies. Her repertoire consisted in over sixty roles for stage and screen from classical ballet to avant garde works dancing the choreography of Ruth Page, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Lester Horton, Frederick Franklin, Lar Lubovitch and many others. Additionally, Peter Anastos choreographed a solo especially for her entitled Isadora Dances.

As an actress, some of Roses-Thema highlighted roles are as a homeless mother on the TV series Superboy and as Candida with Glendale Theatre. Roses-Thema was a dance critic/writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and has written for Dance Teacher, Dance Magazine, and the International Encyclopedia of Modern Dance. Entrepreneurially, Roses-Thema owned The Studio in Nokomis, Florida where she was also artistic director of the Nokomis Dance Ensemble. She is the author of three books, Rhetorical Moves, SPINE: 5 Strategies for the 21st Century Dancer,  and Spine: Using the SPINE strategies in Contemporary Ballet Workbook. She has an MFA in dance and a doctorate in rhetoric and composition. Currently she teaches in the online environment having designed three classes: Walk this Way, The Body Condition(ed) and Rhetorical Moves which encompass respectively: the sociological and somatic aspects of walking; situating body image and body conditioning in the social realm; and the embodied perception of the creative artist in the act of creation. Her research interests include theorizing and articulating the experience of movement; teaching creatively and personably in the online environment; using rhetorical/sociological frameworks to analyze the creative arts; and, teaching ballet from somatically.

Education

  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, Arizona State University 2007. Dissertation: "Reclaiming the Dancer: Embodied Perception in a Dance Performance." Committee: Maureen Goggin, chair, Sharon Crowley and Patricia Webb, Arizona State University.
  • M.F.A. Arizona State University 2003. Thesis: "Dance on the Inside: A Reflective Look at the Dance Students Perspective  and Bodymind Awareness." Committee: Mila Parrish, chair, Pamela Matt and Melissa Rolnick
  • B.F.A. (Summa Cum Laude), College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio 1983

Certificates:

  • Advanced Certificate to teach English as a Second Language High Pass, University of Arizona 2010
  • Basic Certificate to teach English as a Second Language High Pass, University of Arizona 2009

 

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 230 2nd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 330 3rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 405 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 693 Applied Project
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
DCE 131 First-Year Movement Practi II
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 505 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 693 Applied Project
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 230 2nd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 330 3rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 405 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 693 Applied Project
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
DCE 131 First-Year Movement Practi II
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 505 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 680 Practicum
DCE 693 Applied Project
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 230 2nd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 330 3rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 405 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 693 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 230 2nd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 330 3rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 405 Rhetorical Moves
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 580 Practicum
DCE 584 Internship
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 593 Applied Project
DCE 693 Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
DCE 131 First-Year Movement Practi II
DCE 203 Walk this Way
DCE 303 The Body Condition(ed)
DCE 331 3rd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 499 Individualized Instruction
DCE 590 Reading and Conference
DCE 598 Special Topics

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