Kristen Daley Christine Cali

Assistant Professor of Dance
Contemprorary Dance

Office Location: Ives 67
Office Phone: 707-664-3886
E-mail Address:
Office Hours: Tuesday 2pm-3pm or by appointment






What I Do at SSU

I teach in the Dance Program as well as General Education courses within the Theatre Arts & Dance Department. I instruct all levels of Contemporary/Modern Dance from a somatic approach, Choreography, Dance History, Critical Thinking and Foundations focusing on improvisation and embodiment. Social justice, inclusivity, identity and feminist perspectives are currents running though all of my teaching. I direct our Student Fall Dance Concert, utilizing Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process (CRP) as well as creating original work on our dance students for our Spring Faculty & Guest Concerts. My company, CALI & CO dance is highly active in San Francisco, producing multiple performances and workshops throughout the year including, WAH! Fest, Practice-to-Performance and our home seasons. 


Named “one of the most ferocious, spell-binding dancers I’ve seen in this city (San Francisco)” by Rachel Howard (SF Chronicle), Christine holds an MFA from Hollins University/ADF 06' and BFA from Ohio University 97'. She is the Artistic Director of CALI & CO dance and has been teaching, performing and choreographing for two decades nationally and internationally. Christine is the newly appointed Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts & Dance Department at Sonoma State University and on faculty and at ODC Dance Commons. She is also the director for the Boys Modern Dance Program at ROCO Dance in Mill Valley, CA.

Christine tours regularly as a guest artist and teacher and has taught and/or performed at Alonzo King’s LINES BFA program, A.C.T. MFA Acting program, University of San Francisco, The Branson School, The Marin School of The Arts, SF Conservatory of Dance, Scottsdale Community College, Niagara County Community College, University of Wyoming, University of South Florida, Mendocino College, Ohio University, Arizona State University, SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, S Korea, The Ambrit School in Rome, Italy, The Lewiston Dance Center, as well as workshops in Japan, China, Canada and more.

Christine recently launched the San Francisco-based festival WAH! Fest with her collaborator and music director Matt Langlois/Matt EL music. The festival seeks to visibly AMPLIFY and W I D E N the IMPACT of women’s work in the arts, while giving back to the community. 30% of ticket sales go directly to support local Bay Area women's shelters.
WAH!  Fest is a performance platform for DIVERSE WOMEN choreographers, musicians, and artists creating contemporary work through a feminist lens, including those who identify on the gender continuum as woman.

Christine has received numerous grants, awards and commissions for her work- here are a few highlights:

  • Nominated runner-up for 'Best Dance Class' in San Francisco Magazine's Best of 2015 annual issue
  • Nominated for Marin Headlands Artist in Residence Program 2015/16
  • Green Music Center Academic Integration Grant 2015/16
  • Audience Choice Award, sjDANCEco Choreo Festival 2014
  • Visiting Guest Professorship at SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, South Korea 2006-08'
  • Hollins/ADF Teaching Fellowship, 2004-06'
  • Nominated for 2 Izzie's for her performances with Scott Wells & Dancers 2003
  • Best Choreography Award, Dance Repertory SF Visions Series 1999