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Acting Dean and Artistic Director, COPA
Chair of Dance
Associate Professor


Contact Information


  • M.F.A., Dance, Southern Methodist University
  • B.Ed., Secondary School Education, York University
  • B.F.A., Dance, York University

Courses Taught

  • Choreography
  • Contemporary Dance Styles
  • Specialized Modern Dance Techniques
  • Senior Project


Garfield Lemonius' career adventures include performing in film, with contemporary companies, and in solo guest works across the United States, Canada and Europe. He was a principal dancer with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, where he performed works by noted American choreographers, and toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has worked with acclaimed choreographers including Robert Battle, Colin Connor, David Parsons, Bruce Wood, Charles "Chuck" Davis, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, Troy Powell and Kevin Wynn, and has performed solo masterworks by renowned dance masters including Talley Beatty, Asadata Dafora, Jose Limon and Martha Graham.

Lemonius was previously on faculty at the nationally acclaimed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where he taught numerous students who have been nationally recognized presidential scholars in the arts (dance).
He has served on numerous boards and panels at national dance conferences, and continues to teach and choreograph for companies, festivals and other academic institutions across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

He currently serves on the advisory board for the Pittsburgh Dance Council, the advisory committee for the National High School Dance Festival and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) Committee on Ethics. In 2018, he received the National High School Dance Festival Outstanding Service Award, the festival’s highest honor.

Lemonius is associate professor, chair of dance and associate artistic director in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.

Professional Memberships, Certifications and Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Dance Council
  • Texas State Board for Education Certification
  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Elementary and Intermediate Laban Notation Certification
  • National Association of School of Dance

Selected Performances and Artistic Works

  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Principal dancer
  • Blues Brothers 2000, Principal dancer
  • Canadian Armed Forces show tour, Principal dancer
  • Main stage performances, Rehearsal director, Point Park University

Master Teacher

  • Teaching residency, CalState Fullerton
  • The Debbie Allen Dance Institute Summer Intensive
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • International Summer Dance, Point Park University
  • University of Texas in Austin
  • York University, Toronto
  • The Newtown Performing Arts High School, Sydney, Australia
  • August Wilson Dance Ensemble
  • Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company
  • Jazz Dance World Congress, Point Park University
  • National High School Dance Festival, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company

Research Interests

  • Choreographic theory and practice
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional theory and practice

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