Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. California Institute of Arts
France Mayotte Hunter began her professional dance career in New York performing in the film Hair directed by Milos Foreman (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) and was subsequently invited by the choreographer, Twyla Tharp, to join her dance company. Previously Ms.Mayotte, after graduating from Boston College Suma Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English Literature, had completed an MFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Bella Lewitzky, Donnie McKayle, Mia Slavenska and others.
After three years dancing and touring with Twyla Tharp’s company and following the birth of her first son, Jason, France performed the role of Consuelo with the Broadway Company of West Side Story and later danced and acted in dozens of television commercials and commercial print ads in New York, including an award winning commercial for Grey Poupon mustard and one for Gerber Baby Food in which she appeared with her youngest son, Ian. France also designed and implemented a comprehensive dance curriculum (Pre-K-12th) for an independent school in Connecticut where she taught and chaired the Arts Department.