Joshua Manculich – born in Windber, PA – started dance at the age of fourteen. He had the pleasure of performing with Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and The Pillow Project. In 2015, Josh was nominated for a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship by The Big Muddy Dance Company for which he eventually created “Lyra” through support of the Princess Grace Foundation. Other choreographic adventures include: Collage Dance Collective, Dancing in the Parks, Grand Valley State University, Interlochen, Metdance, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Western Michigan University. Josh has also served on the modern and jazz faculty for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and as ballet faculty for Southern Association of Dance Masters. His teaching focus is centered around contemporary dance technique, rooted in somatic practices, yet informed largely by improvisation and his love of music. Josh holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology Minor from Point Park University and a M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University. He also holds certifications in Pilates. He just recently joined the Department of Dance at Sam Houston State University. This year, he is also excited to be commissioned by Santa Barbara Dance Theater, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and his former home, Point Park University.