Carolyn Pavlik

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Carolyn Pavlik
Associate Professor
(269) 387-5846
3123 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5417
  • M.F.A., Dance, University of Washington
  • B.A., Dance, University of Texas

Western Michigan University Associate Professor Carolyn Pavlik earned her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Washington and her B.A. in dance from the University of Texas. Pavlik performed and toured nationally and internationally with the Austin-based Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks for 13 years. In addition to her countless roles in works by Yacov Sharir and José Luis Bustamante, Pavlik was a featured dancer in works by renowned choreographers Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Senta Driver and Bebe Miller. As a freelance artist, she has collaborated with many other dance artists, including Sally Jacques, Llory Wilson, Margery Segal, Kathy Dunn Hamrick and Kathleen Hermesdorf. Pavlik’s choreographic works have been presented in New York, Washington, Texas, Ohio and Michigan. Her dance cinema works have been presented worldwide, most notably at the American Dance Festival (2005), LesGaiCineMad (2005) and VII Festival Internacional de Video-danza de Buenos Aires (2005). Pavlik was awarded the 2008 Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award and the 2005 Austin Critic’s Table — Dances with Video Award. Her research on site-specific dance has been presented and published in the United States, Portugal and New Zealand. In 2009, Pavlik celebrated the release of the anthology she co-edited with colleague Melanie Kloetzel, “Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces.”