France M. Hunter
Areas of ExpertiseDance and Performance Studies
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.
Specializing in Mind/Body integration, France is also an executive/performance coach and has worked with senior executives at such organizations as Time, Inc, Conde Nast and the Home Shopping Network. Her varied research activities have included Dance Films, including curating the first International Dance Film Festival at Roger Williams in 2004, Movement and Autism; the impact of movement therapy on brain development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developing a collaborative choreographic process based on Embodied Cognition, deriving authentic movement from kinesthetic memory. France is presently a full time faculty member in Dance and Performance Studies at Roger Williams University.