joel is an independant producing artist and university professor based in Los Angeles.

the following represents his career thus far.



assistant professor, dance

university of california, riverside


co-artistic director

casebolt and smith



2004  Master of Fine Arts, Experimental Choreography. University of California, Riverside

2000  Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art. University of California, Davis

1995  General Education. Yucaipa Senior High School, Yucaipa, CA


previous employment

2011 - 2013  University of California, Riverside (visiting assistant professor, every winter/spring)

2004 - 2013  Scripps College (visiting lecturer)

2010 - 2012  University of California, Los Angeles (visiting lecturer - every fall)

2005 - 2013  El Camino College (adjunct faculty)

2010 - 2013  Rio Hondo College (adjunct faculty)

2004 - 2008  Cerritos College (adjunct faculty)


original choreography

2014  some of its parts

2014 space

2013  Having Words V.2

2012  ...for six

2012  The Take

2010  The Death Scene (kind of)

2010  O(h)

2009  two minute duet to open the show

2009  Tracking

2008  This and That Happen

2008  In Other Words

2008  Having Words

2008  Seven

2007  Queer Pas

2006  Framed Permeation:Constructing Coincidence

2006  it is what it is when it isn't

2006  Second Skin

2006  After Words

2006  Way Words

2005  Working Through Fourth

2005  No No, She's Straight!

2005  In the space provided

2004  In Four Parts

2003  Tactical Interference


performances, commissions and creative residencies

RAW Dance, San Francisco, CA : commission and residency

Echo Echo Dance and Movement Festival. Derry, Northern Ireland : performance and residency

University of Nevada, Reno. Reno, NV : commission and residency

South Miami Dade Performing Arts Center, Cabaret Series. Miami, FL : performance and residency

92 St. Y Harkness Dance Festival Stripped/Dressed Series, Buttenwieser Hall, New York, NY : performance and residency

DanceWorks Chicago. Chicago, IL : commission and residency

ODC Theater. San Francisco, CA : performance

Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Rachel Browne Theater. Winnipeg, Canada : performance

Toronto Fringe Festival, Helen Phelan Gardiner Playhouse. Toronto, Canada : performance

Walking Distance Dance Festival, ODC Theater Studio B. San Francisco, CA : performance

Spring to Dance Festival, Lee Theater. St. Louis, MO : performance

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. St. Cloud, MN : performance and residency

Performing Arts Exchange, Little Haiti Theater. Miami, FL : peformance

CARS Resources, West Hollywood Library. West Hollywood, CA : performance and workshop

Arts Bloc/GLUCK, Culver Center of the Arts. Riverside, CA : performance

St. Joseph's College. Brooklyn, NY : performance and workshop

Actors Company Theater. Los Angeles, CA : performance

Pentacle Gallery Showcase, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. New York, NY : performance

Contemporary Arts Forum. Santa Barbara, CA : performance

Balch Auditorium, Scripps College. Claremont, CA : performance

Five Fifths Minnesota Fringe Benefit Concert, Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, MN : commission and performance

Dance Moves Festival, Old Town Temecula Theater, Temecula, CA : performance

Pentacle Gallery Showcase, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy High School. New York, NY : performance

Minnesota Fringe Festival, Southern Theater. Minneapolis, MN : performance

University of Surrey. Guildford, England : performance and master class

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast Circus School. Belfast, Northern, Ireland : performance

Echo Echo Dance Showcase, Echo Echo Studio. Derry, Northern Ireland : performance

Dance Theatre of Ireland Showcase. Dublin, Ireland : performance and master workshop

Backtrack Dance Series, University of California, Riverside. Riverside, CA : performance

Joyce SoHo. New York, NY : performance

Minnesota Fringe Festival, Southern Theater, Minneapolis, MN : performance

Vancouver International Dance Festival, Roundhouse Theater. Vancouver, CA : performance

Anatomy Riot, Zen Sushi. Los Angeles, CA : performance

The Moth, Farmlab/Metabolic Studio. Los Angeles, CA : performance

California Touring Project, Diavolo Dance Space. Los Angeles, CA : performance

Looking Left Dance Festival, 418 Project. Santa Cruz, CA : performance

Commuter Festival, Cal Arts Theater. Valencia, CA : performance and master class

Eleven Missing Days, Unknown Theater. Los Angeles, CA : performance

California Touring Project, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. La Jolla, CA : performance

Performance Mix Festival, Joyce SoHo. New York, NY : performance

California Touring Project, CounterPulse Theater. San Francisco, CA : performance

New Dance Festival, St. Joseph Ballet. Santa Ana, CA : performance, commission and residency

Breaking Ground Dance Festival, Tempe Center for the Arts. Tempe, AZ : performance

Garrison Theater, Scripps College. Claremont, CA : performance

4 x 4 Series, Sushi Performing Arts. San Diego, CA : performance

Highways Performance Space. Santa Monica, CA : performance

Conder/Dance Festival, Mesa Arts Center. Mesa, AZ : performance

Burnight Theater Center, Cerritos College. Norwalk, CA : performance

Center Dance Ensemble Showcase, Herberger Theater. Phoenix, AZ : performance

Hothouse Residency, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA : residency and performance

Dance Under Construction 8, Performance Lab UC Riveriside. Riverside, CA : performance

Scorpious Dance Theater Showcase, Phoenix Theater. Phoenix, AZ : performance

Hyesteric Dance Company Benefit Concert, Focus Fish Studios. Los Angeles, CA : performance

Company of Strangers, The Loft. Los Angeles, CA : performance

Grand Performances Summer Series, Downtown LA. Los Angeles, CA : performance

Dance Moving Forward Festival, El Portal Theater. North Hollywood, CA : performance

LA Improv Festival, Highways Performance Space. Santa Monica, CA : performance

4 x 4 Series, Highways Performance Space. Santa Monica, CA : performance

Quincenera, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA : performance

Susan Rose and Dancers, Green Street Studios. Boston, MA : performance

Susan Rose and Dancers, Performance Lab UC Riverside. Riverside, CA : performance

Angora Matta, Teatro Presidente Alvear. Buenos Aires, Argentina : residency and performance


commercial, film and television

"Chairs"  National Commercial for Hummer - Principle Dancer and Choreographer's Assistant

"Be You"  National Commerial for Dr. Pepper - Principle Dancer

"Juramento"  Music Video for Ricky Martin - Principle Dancer and Body Double

"The Hype"  Sketch Comedy Show on the WB - Principle Dancer

"Providence"  Comedy/Drama on NBC - Principle Dancer

"Six Feet Under"  Drama on HBO - Feature

"A.I."  Film by Dreamworks - Principle Dancer

"Erotica LA"  Live Industrial Performance for convention - Principle Dancer

"Paris by Night" Live Variety Show and Taping - Principle Dancer



2010  "Versastyle Dance Company: Feel Our Rhythm," Political Moves (Review)

2010  "Surveilance Solos," Political Moves (Review)

2009  "Neil Greenberg's Really Queer Dance with Harps," Eye Spy LA (Review)

2009  "Batsheva Max," Eye Spy LA (Review)

2008  "Out With It" Itch Journal (Editorial)

2008  "Wet Spots: The Story Project," Political Moves (Review)

2008  "IN/EX Dance Project at The Open Space," Political Moves (Review)


selected press quotes

“O(h) involves the choreographers pairing gestural movement sequences with words and proposing big picture questions about appropriation in dance and what makes a work contemporary.” - Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, 3/14


“These two move and sing and make jokes with equal aplomb, targeting the pomposity and obscurity of modern dance.” – The New Yorker, 2/14


“Year in Review: Top 10 Dance Performances of 2013” –Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/13


"Year in Review: Best Out of Towners of 2013 - [casebolt and smith's] Having Words is a brilliantly constructed handshake dance for two dancers and an audience, built for DanceWorks Chicago..." -  Lauren Warnecke, Windy City Times, 12/13


"[casebolt and smith], while skewering conventional thinking about dance, glide through the space with a blithe, airy quality that sustains them through the evening, and they integrate the spoken word and the gesture as well as anybody I have seen since David Gordon a generation ago." - San Francisco Chronicle 8/13


"For those who’ve suffered at the receiving end of Casebolt and Smith’s target subject, it’s like a breath of fresh air and also side-achingly funny. But it’s the clever way the pair integrate themes of gender identity/stereotyping and pose questions about artistic appropriation and the very nature of “contemporary” that add texture to O(h) and leave lots of food for thought. It’s a dance fan’s must-see." - Toronto Star 7/13


"This likeable duo from L.A. are polished dancers, and there is a charming, playful energy between them that easily transfers to the audience. They clearly have thought seriously about dance, and present their conclusions to the audience with a cheeky nod to their influences." - CBC Manitoba 7/13


"The L.A.–based duo Casebolt and Smith combine talking, singing, and full-throttle dancing with a freshness that can delight or startle an audience—or make them laugh." – Dance Magazine, 6/13


"The show’s best moments combine rapid-fire quips with beautifully executed moves, inviting your brain to fire on all cylinders." -The Los Angeles Times, 1/12


"casebolt and smith are a postmodern Agnes de Milles, superimposing their gestural vocabulary with possible interpretations – and the witty range of possibilities may surprise you. At the same time as casebolt and smith lampoon theatrical conceits of contemporary dance, their self-reflexive work finds clever new possibilities in each choreographic building block." -Stage and Cinema, 1/12


"The choreography is enlightening and witty… Exploring themes of personal expression through original song and dance, casebolt and smith give a sophisticated, coherent commentary on the multiplicity of genres in dance." –Flavorpill, 1/12


"Part dance, part theater and refreshingly light-hearted, casebolt and smith’s O(h) is a welcome alternative to the dark-hued worlds of melancholia, depression and manipulative violence in which so many modern dance companies and their choreographers languish." - (Go) LA Weekly, 1/12


"It's funny, sly, wonderfully staged, imaginative, and quite perfect—even when it isn’t perfect at all." -WeHo News, 2/12


"They're clever, sometimes silly, and not afraid to talk as much as they dance." – The New Yorker, 2/10


"[casebolt and smith]…create perhaps the most entertaining, engaging and explicative dance theater on the planet." - Minn Post, 8/10


"In fact, they’re downright funny, especially when they take you inside their highly verbal means of creating a piece." - Pioneer Press, 8/10


"What I especially appreciated was how sophisticated [casebolt and smith’s] foray into dance styles, issues, foibles, politics was, and at the same time how much it appealed to the broad audience the afternoon I attended" - Linda Shapiro, Dance Critic (Dance Magazine, Gay City News) 8/10


"casebolt and smith bring intimacy and directness, and a seriousness of purpose warmly wrapped in physicality, playfulness and humour.  They have the rare quality of a light, but sharp political edge in their work, which entertains as it makes you think and re-think." -What's On Northern Ireland, 5/10


"…they seem to have carved out a highly personal niche: vest-pocket dace theater filled with quick-on-draw gestural movement, self-revealing talk and quirky humor with a sense of urgency." –Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body, 2/10


"Their comedic timing was impeccable." -The Dance Current, Vancouver, Canada, 3/08


"…you can't help but mutter, ‘How do they do it?’ They fly through the space in lifts and frisky manipulations and prattle on with such ease, that you forget it’s a dance. You don’t want the physical conversation to end.", 5/08