Cari Cunningham, MFA

Associate Professor, Dance
Cari Cunningham


Cari Cunningham received a a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the Robert D. Clark Honor's College at the University of Oregon and a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

As a performer, Cunningham has danced for many artists including Susan Marshall, Kevin Wynn, David Capps, Kristin Heavey/Element Dance Theatre, Gabe Masson, Marilyn Dannitz, Onye Ozuzu/ Skeleton Dance Project and Pam Geber. Her choreographic works have been performed in Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, Mexico and in New York City at City Center "On the 6th Floor," The Ailey School, La Mama Experimental Theatre, the 2008 Dumbo Dance Festival and the 2009 Cool NY Dance Festival.

Since relocating to Reno, she has been a guest choreographer for Wing and a Prayer Modern Dance Company, served as co-artistic director for the experimental performance "Openended" at the Holland Project and has both performed and choreographed in projects for Artown and "Dance in the Gallery" at the Nevada Museum of Art. Cunningham has been published in Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher.

In 2008, she formed Bellē Contemporary Dance Company and the company premiered its first evening-length work, "TIES," in February 2010. In June 2010, TIES toured to Lenox, Massachusetts, for two performances at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne Bernstein Theatre.


  • MFA, dance, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A., dance, University of Oregon