Todd Rhoades

Third Year MFA Candidate in Dance, Choreography Track
Todd Rhoades is a Chicago-based choreographer, director and teacher. His path into the performing arts began through dance. He received his BFA Dance from Point Park University where he also danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Todd went on to perform nationally in ballet and contemporary dance companies where he ended up in Chicago. He had the opportunity to explore other mediums of the performing arts and found his love for theater and opera. Performed as a Principal Dancer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago for over ten years, he also worked in Chicago’s theater scene. Todd performed and assisted in the largest musical theater companies in Chicago, including the Goodman Theater. Outside of Chicago, he had the opportunity to work at the MUNY in St. Louis and toured with Alan Thicke in Kenny Rogers’ A Toy Shoppe.

Todd has assisted and worked alongside great directors, Mary Zimmerman, E. Loren Meeker, Matthew Ozawa, Elizabeth Margolius, Rachel Rockwell and Amber Mak. His directing and choreographic experience has been seen onstage at Finger Lakes Opera, New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Folks Operetta, Music Theater Works, Paramount Theater, Little Theater on the Square, The Savoyaires, Lifeline Theatre, Inaside Dance Chicago, Nomi Dance Theater, Project Bound Dance, Dance in the Parks, North Park University, University of Michigan, DePaul University, Arlington Heights Presbyterian Church, Trifecta Dance Festival and several self-produced concert works.

Todd has taught as a guest instructor at dance companies, academies, high schools and universities around the country. He is currently an adjunct faculty at DePaul University - The Theater School. Aside from teaching many forms of dance, he is also certified in various forms of yoga, Pilates and movement modalities. Todd was contracted as Cirque du Soleil’s private Pilates and yoga instructor for the cast of Luzia during their North American tour.

Research interests

  • Spirituality and Religion in Dance
  • History and Appropriation of Dance

Courses taught

  • Yoga
  • Teaching Assistant for Western Concert Dance History
Portrait of Todd Rhoades
BFA, Dance, Point Park University

University of Iowa
W122A Halsey Hall (HH)
Iowa City, IA 52245
United States