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Joe Alter has been a student, performer, choreographer, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance for over 20 years. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in choreography and dance technology. As artistic director of the Joe Alter Dance Group, his works have been performed at The Kitchen, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, the 92nd St. Y Harkness Center for Dance in New York City and internationally in Germany, Poland, and Yugoslavia. In addition Mr. Alter, with international partners, created the Polish Project, a regional outreach program designed to investigate the creative process with disadvantaged youth throughout Poland and East/Central Europe. 
As a teacher he has taught at numerous festivals and Universities throughout East-Central Europe and was a guest faculty member at the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and as a graduate student at The Ohio State University. Currently he is a professor and coordinator of the division of dance at San Diego State University in California. His research interests include digital technologies as applied to dance, dance pedagogy in higher education, cognitive science, contemplative and somatic practices as well as the continuing investigation of the human condition through choreography.