David Popalisky

David Popalisky


David Popalisky teaches dance history, modern dance and choreography. He has a MFA in Choreography from Mills College and an MA in Theatre Arts/Dance Emphasis from San Jose State University. Former artistic director of DaaPo, based in New York City, David has choreographed, performed and taught throughout the United States. He choreographed and performed for the Belize International Dance Festival in 1998 and in 1999 returned to set a work on the Belize Junior National Dance Company.

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

Since I just received the award I am still basking in the glow of recognition for a long career of making dances. The award affirms for me the meaning and value of pursuing art, in my case dance and choreography, for a career. The challenges, adventures, relationships, and questions posed and probed along the way are profound privileges to experience in one's life. To receive public recognition only further validates my choices.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I still choreograph and perform. A big new dance looming in the next year and another older work in consideration for a remounting effort. I am doing several writing projects about performance events. The funds allow me to consider new projects on a grander scope.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Perseverance furthers. Just keep making art and inviting everyone into your world, especially non- artists. Demystifying what you do as an artist opens up dialogue about making art, or simply being aesthetically in relationship to life.

Challenged, under appreciated and vibrant, exploding.


  • Walking with Walt - studio rehearsal