Rosie Trump, MFA

Associate Professor of Dance
Rosie Trump


Rosie Trump received her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and her Master of Fine Arts in experimental choreography from the University of California, Riverside.

Trump is a choreographer and dance filmmaker with a hybrid practice in performance and video media. Her creative work stems from an interest in representations of femininity, domesticity and identity. Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist and deliberately understated. She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political.

Her choreography and films have been shown throughout California, Texas and the northeastern United States, as well as internationally in the U.K., France, Germany and Czech Republic. Recently, her work was presented by the Prague Fringe Festival, the Comedy in Dance Festival (New York City), Motion Captured Film Festival (Houston, Texas), the Toothache Duets (London), the MixMatch Dance Festival (Los Angeles) and Your Move Dance Festival (Jersey City, New Jersey).

Recent awards include two Jackpot grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a Grants to Artist award from the Sierra Arts Foundation and a Special Initiatives Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.

She has taught at Rice University and Mt. San Jacinto College, as well as presented master classes at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival and the American College Dance Festival.

Trump is the founder and curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival, which celebrates the intersection of contemporary dance and the moving image with an annual screening and touring series of international dance films. The festival has screened across the United States, including at the Nevada Museum of Art, DiverseWorks Art Space, the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, the Earth Matters on Stage Symposium, Rice University Gallery and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Courses taught

  • DAN 132 - Jazz Dance (Beginning)
  • DAN 188 - Choreography I
  • DAN 238 - Modern Dance (Intermediate)
  • DAN 266 - History of Dance II/20th Century
  • DAN 288 - Choreography II


  • MFA, experimental dance choreography, University of California, Riverside, 2007
  • B.A., dance with minor in philosophy, Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, 2003