RIC ROSE is an Associate Professor of Dance within the School of Theatre and Dance. His primary teaching focus is ballet and jazz, having taught within the UF curriculum all levels of Modern, Ballet, and Jazz as well as Theatre Dance Styles, Dance Improvisation, Fundamentals of Dance, Dance History, Graduate Movement for Actors, Dance Composition, and Pilates. He has directed the summer dance intensive on numerous occasions and is a member of the Graduate Faculty. Since 1990, he has twice been awarded both the Teacher of the Year (College of Fine Arts) at UF and the TIP University Award for excellence in teaching. He has also been recognized with a departmental Faculty of the Year and a university Superior Accomplishment Award. His artistic and creative vita includes abundant national and international performance and choreographic credits in dance, theatre, and musical theatre. He has also choreographed for numerous cabarets, pageants, body builders, and singing ensembles. Artistic collaborations at UF include a project with colleagues in music and electrical engineering aimed toward developing an alternative MIDI controller for dance. This is a suit worn by the performer that gives him unfettered control over sound and light environments while performing on the stage. The MIDI suit has performed throughout Florida, The Netherlands, and Buenos Aires, Argentina and was nominated by the editors of Discover Magazine for their 1998 Award for Technological Innovation in Sound.
He directs two performing ensembles: Shadow Dance Theatre and Theatre Jazz Rep. Shadow Dance Theatre was created to provide an ensemble of UF dancers, actors, and designers the forum to collaborate on a distinct project destined to train their skills towards an experience in a unique form of storytelling, culminating in an original dance theatre production. Based on the director's vision of how light and shadow perform as a metaphor for various layers of reality, the storytellers take the audience on a theatrical journey through a domain of the imagination to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition. The ensemble trains in improvisation, yoga, dance and acting techniques and shares in the creative collaboration that has already created four successful full-length productions. Theatre Jazz Repertoire is an ensemble of UF dancers dedicated to the creation of original dance works that explore the use of traditional jazz dance forms in exciting new formats. The group is selected through auditions based on their ability to adapt to new styles, their skills as performers, and their creative flexibility.
Ric is also an independent choreographer and performer. He has produced several solo concerts and has frequented as guest artist and instructor throughout Florida and the east coast. He has served as adjudicator for both ACDF and ACTF events and is an Emcee favorite for the 4-H Congress in Florida. Ric has been a principal dancer with Dance Alive National Ballet, Gainesville's professional dance company, since 1984 and has written scripts for several of the company's original ballets. He performed for a year at Bally's Park Place Casino and Hotel as a singer and dancer in Outrageous, Bold and Beautiful. He also did specialty choreography in the movie Doc Hollywood, where he appeared as a squash. He is a frequent choreographer and Actor's Equity performer at the Hippodrome State Theatre, who produced his original work "The Canta Danca Dancer" a play about dance for young audiences, which toured throughout the Florida school system in their 'Building Audiences of Tomorrow" program.
He received his MFA in Dance from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut and his BA in Speech and Theatre Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.