Jeff Slayton has had a long and influential career as a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Born in Virginia in 1945, Slayton began dancing as a child in order to correct his condition of hip dysplasia. He enjoyed a performance in career in New York dancing for Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber and others. In 1978 he moved to Long Beach, CA and began teaching at California State University, Long Beach as a part time faculty member. He became a full time faculty member in 1986 and continued to teach at CSULB until 1999. Jeff Slayton was one of the faculty members that helped design the Dance Center at CSULB as well as develop and implement the BFA, MFA and MA degree programs. While in Long Beach, he formed his own company, Jeff Slayton & Dancers, that operated from 1978 to 1983. He continues to dance and stage works in the Southern California area. Please see Jeff’s memoir “Love At My First Plie” in the articles section below for a full description of his life’s work.
Dance History Project ArticlesWritten by Jeff Slayton:
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