Don Bondi

Don Bondi’s Life in a Nutshell 2

Name: Don Brady Bondi
Additional residences:  Los Angeles, Savannah, South Korea, Malibu, New York
School:

  • Aragon Avenue Elementary -  graduated = Jan 1945
  • Florence Nightingale Junior High  (SB  Boy’s VP) – graduated = Jan 1948
  • Benjamin Franklin High  (ROTC All City Coronal) – graduated  = Jan 1951
  • UCLA (Zoology major) BA– graduated Aug 1955
  • UCLA (Education major) General Secondary Credential  -1959
  • USC (Dance/Physical Education major) MA – graduated 1969
  • NYU (Performance Arts major) 2 years (70 uiits towards Ph.D.)1982-1984
  • Ohio State University (Computer Dance) 1998

Jobs:

  • Sequoia National Park – (Summer 1952, ‘53) Bus Boy, Act Fountain Manager
  • Laboratory Technician UCLA labs (1955)
  • US Army Infantry (1st Lt.) – (1955 –1957) South Korea (Seoul, Anyang, Inchon,
    Tongduchon, Kunsan) –
    • United Nations Inspection Team Leader,
    • Platoon Leader for 32nd Regiment, A Company, 1st Platoon,
    • Training Officer for 7th Quartermaster Company
    • Trained and taught Chemical Biological Radiological Defense(CBR)
  • Los Angeles High School  – Biology teacher (1958 –1960)
  • Alexander Hamilton High School  – Biology, Advanced Biology, Physiology, Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre Workshop teacher (1960 –1980)
  • California State University, Long Beach  Summer school of Dance (1969)
  • University of Southern California – Lecturer in Dance & Theatre (1968 –1975)
    Choreographed for Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1974,75,78,88,90,94)
  • Los Angeles City College – Choreographed West Side Story (1978), The Bachelor’s  Maid (opera )University of San Francisco, Summer Dance and Movement Workshop (1975, 1977)
  • Mercer College, Atlanta, GA – Choreographer (Summer1976)
  • New York City ArtsConnection – Consultant  (1980 – 1982)
  • Hunter College Teacher Corps, Developed and wrote program “Using the Arts to Teach Science” -workshops for NYC schools,  Rockefeller grant (1981)
  • Muhlenberg College (Allentown PA) Choreographer –(1981 –1982)
  • Allentown School District – Elementary School Dance Consultant – 1982
  • New York City – Choreographer, 3 Guys’ Naked from the Waist Down – 1983-84
    Choreographer, Brownstone – 1987
  • Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – Chair of the Dance Department, Curriculum development, dance and computer dance  teacher, developed and implemented the ROP program (Regional  Occupational Program) -first in the state of California for dance (1985-2000)
  • Moorpark College – taught dance history , choreographed (2000-2001)
  • China- Xian University, Zangzhou -dance, choreographed for Moon Festival
    August 2005 and  preformed duet
  • Spain – Salamanca -Taught English to professionals  (2009)
  • Ballet Pacifico (LA) – lighting design/stage manager, choreographer, teacher
    (2001 -2005)
  • Commercial and Infomercial Performer ( 2010- present)
  • Dancer:
    • Gloria Newman Dance Theater  (1959- 1971)
    • Bella Lewitsky Dance Company (1968-1970)
    • David Wood Dance Company (1961)
    • UCLA Dance Company (guest)
    • Choreographer’s Theatre Ensemble (co-founder)
    • Manhattan Ballet Company (guest) (1983-1984)
    • Jose Limon Dance Company (guest)
    • Rose Polsky
    • Nan Friedman
    • Marion Scott  (Spirit Dances)
    • Free Lance (Southern California – 1965 -1970)

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