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Jonathan Pattiwael


Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre


Email: Jonathan Pattiwael


  • MFA, Dance, Texas Woman’s University
  • BFA, Dance Performance and Choreography, Texas State University
  • B.S., Geographic Information Science, Texas State University


Jonathan Pattiwael is a lecturer in dance with a specialty in hip-hop performance. He develops and presents performances that challenge cultural forces to initiate and foster social action. His research focuses on how the relationship of participants in a performance setting (from traditional stage space to participatory hip-hop jams) represents acts of coexistence and resistance between individual and group interactions. In his works, the human body is the primary source and medium for artistic practice and he is informed by collaborative approaches and means for the creative process. As an actively practicing artist of breaking (the most prominent hip-hop dance form), he is likely to be found rocking the cyphers at local jams, battles and events across the US and Europe. At the University of Dayton, he teaches dance and movement courses, develops dance curriculum and co-facilitates the Common Good Players with director Michelle Hayford.

He has performed and choreographed for the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, FRESHFestival (San Francisco), Blackland Butoh lab, SXSW, the Dance Project (Austin, Texas), EarthSkyBody, Kieler Woche (Germany), The Museum Society of Houston, Japan Society of Austin, Greater Denton Arts Council, American College Dance Association, Sara Shelton Mann, Texas Christian University, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Denton Black Film Festival, Tropical Productions, Opening Door Dance Theatre, Merge Dance Company, Austin Independent School District, Sling Dance Project, Vitality Exhale, Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, b12 Festival (Berlin), and the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance. He has previously taught undergraduate dance courses at Texas Woman’s University as well as their Community Dance Center.