Santa Clara University

Theatre and Dance department

David P.

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.

In the past year he presented Enter Softly, CrossQuickly in San Francisco and San Jose and was commissioned to create Flames of Prayer for the Western Ballet Company. He has performed with Tandy Beal throughout California in Outside Blake's Window and other productions including a concert with Bobby McFerrin. With the Throne Dance Theatre he toured Korea and Japan and performed in concert with the Dave Brubeck quartet. David has taught dance in Italy and Korea and has worked as a Master Dance teacher for the Bay Area California Arts Project and other summer arts workshops. David is married and has two sons. His relationship with his boys inspired "Dads Don't Dance," three summers of workshop for dads exploring issues of fatherhood through dance.

Barred from Life

Barred from Life, David Popalisky’s most recent performance work, was created in collaboration with Cookie Ridolfi, Director of the Northern California Innocence Project.

Based on interviews with Chicago and Bay Area exonerees, Barred from Life combines dance movement, video imagery, excerpts from interviews, and an original score by True D. Rosaschi II to explore the horror of wrongful conviction.