Bernard Brown
Performing Arts: Dance Academy Instructor


A choreographer, performer, activist and educator, Professor Bernard Brown adds his talent and creativity to the Performing Arts: Dance Academy. He teaches dance in Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as artistic director for Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, a modern dance company. He describes dance as a catalyst that “sparks dialogue and change within our communities.”

Brown has performed as a dancer in numerous places including the Kennedy Center, New York’s Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He choreographed Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha,” for Skylark Opera Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work “Champion” was presented at the launch of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin in 2016.

Brown has taught dance at UCLA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He earned his master of fine arts in dance from UCLA and his bachelor of fine arts in dance from State University of New York at Purchase.