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Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner received her B.F.A. in dance at the University of Minnesota and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her work, which focuses research on contemporary modern dance and American concert jazz dance, has been produced in Minneapolis, MN, Phoenix, AZ, New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. From 1998- 2001, she served as the Choreographer in Residence for the Minnesota Dance Theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton. She is a four- time winner of the Arizona Choreography Competition’s Professional Division. Gutierrez-Garner’s works have been commissioned by Macalaster College, Arizona State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University, the St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts, the University of Minnesota, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Kent State University, Middle Tennessee University, Dulce Dance Company and the Zenon Dance Company. Gutierrez-Garner’s work has seen support from organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Walker Art Center, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has taught on the dance faculties of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Gustavus Adolphus College among others, as well as the prestigious Bates College Dance Festival. She is currently on faculty at University of Oregon, Lane Community College and Western Oregon University.