Eric Handman

Photo by Travis Lake | @tlake27 Photo by Travis Lake | @tlake27

Associate Professor

Associate Director for Graduate Programs

MFA University of Utah; BA Skidmore College

Office: MCD 213
Phone: 801-587-9813

Eric Handman is a choreographer and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Modern Dance. Prior to receiving his MFA from the University of Utah in 2003, he earned a BA in English from Skidmore College in 1991. He was a member of New York Theatre Ballet and then a professional dancer in various New York–based contemporary dance companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance and Joy Kellman and Company. He has worked with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Koosilja-Hwang, Eun Me Ahn, Pooh Kaye and many others. He teaches domestically and internationally specializing in technique, composition, improvisation, contact improvisation, dance studies, criticism and theory. His choreography has been commissioned by various companies and departments across the United States. He has taught, performed and shown his choreography throughout the United States as well as Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Hungary as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has served on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance and the American College Dance Association. He is currently on the board of directors for SALT Contemporary Dance and the editorial board for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Institutions (a2ru). Handman is a Fulbright Specialist and a former member of the University of Utah's Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars for his work on mobile technology and choreographic thinking. He is a winner of the New Visions Choreography Competition for Idaho Dance Theater and the Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition for the Northwest Dance Project. His ongoing research focuses on choreographic thinking as applied to live dance, virtual reality, games and drones. He has been a Celebrate U honoree for his research in choreography and virtual reality and a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award for research.