Darrell Jones - Columbia College Chicago

Darrell Jones

Associate Professor



Darrell Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance whose specializations are Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Movement for Actors, Conditioning, Pedagogy,with his area of research focusing on mechanisms of oppression and liberatory practices.


Darrell has received choreographic fellowships from MANCC (Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography), CDF (Chicago Dancemakers Forum) and has additionally been a recipient of the Wesleyan University Creative Campus Fellow (2017), MAP Fund (2017) and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

A two-time Bessie Award recipient for his collaborative work with Bebe Miller Company (Landing Place) his most recent research into (e)feminized ritual performance (Hoo-Ha).


For the past ten years, his artistic research has found its central focus through a conversation between his postmodern training and the voguing aesthetic. Through years of experimenting and analyzing oppression as it lives in the body, Darrell seeks to excavate how individuals accumulate identity and mirror culture through movement.  

Darrell has a BA in Psychology from the University of Florida and a MFA in Dance from Florida State University.

Instructional Areas

Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation, Performance, Vogue Aesthetics, Contact Improvisation

Creative Practice and Research Interests

mechanisms of oppression, embodied liberatory practices


B.S., Psychology University of Florida 1991
M.F.A., Dance Florida State University 1995