Francesca graduated with an MFA from the school of Dance and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts (MFA '99)

Ever since, she has been full time faculty in the Dance program

(Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance), as well as the Integrated Media program.  


In 2018, Francesca started a new collaborative class called CineDance, co-taught with Mavra Peponi. It is a production-oriented course that motivates the creative collaboration between choreographers and filmmakers,  exploring the shared languages of dance and film - movement, space and time - and the compositional strategies common to both.

Stills of featured films (in order):

untitled by Sky Spiegel & Max Harper

"Happy Days Are Here Again" by Andrew Beers & Kevin Zambrano

"Landing" by Marissa Osato, Tim Nicholas & Jinglin Liao

"404. Error" by Yue & Simone 

"Domesticated" by Simon Gulergun, Audrey Collette, Chen-Hui Mao & Victoria Roman

"Diana" by Angel Teng, Eunhye Hong Kim, Yuchen Zhou, Yikai Luc Wu, Im Vorapharuek, Chen-Hui Mao

Summer Romance by Marissa Brown, Khadim Dai, Sam Gulergun, Max Harper & Chen-Hui Mao

"Naughty Lux" by Yakai Luc Wu, Arron Wilson & Paige O'Mara

"Blue" by Lizzy Noriega & Victoria Roman

untitled by Eunhye Hong Kim & Maya Allen

"40 Kymata" by Antigoni Kapaka, Cody Banks, MarieElena Martingano, Alexandria Garland & Madison Lynch

untitled by Anakaren Silva & Odessa Uno

Winter Session

Interdisciplinary Classes

Immersive Media in Movement and Music 2018
Body, Space and Light
Play Lab 2020

Photos by Ryan Moore

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