Charlie Neshyba Hodges



There are a dozen people on this planet, each of whom has known me for at least 21 years. They describe me as Stubborn, Creative, Meticulous, Intrepid, Intelligent, Curious and Kind. These characteristics took me through a 20-year career as a professional dancer where I developed awareness of and empathy for what it means to be alive. This fascination with the stuff that makes us human has taught me to question more, and expect better. As a product designer, I now get to flip that dynamic, applying what I’ve learned about the design of the body in space to the design of the space around the body. Through effort, commitment, collaboration and kindness, I’m humbled to stand at a point of maximum potential to make a positive impact on the lives of the underdogs, while protecting the planet on which future generations depend.

  • Contact Charlie Neshyba Hodges

    LinkedIn (Update in Progress)


    California Institute of the Arts
    Professor of Design in Dance
    January 2018 - Ongoing
    Valencia, CA

    Boombang, Inc.
    Design Intern
    September 2017 - December 2017
    Los Angeles, CA

    ArtCenter College of Design
    Teacher’s Assistant
    January 2017 - May 2018
    Pasadena, California

    Los Angeles Dance Project
    Associate Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, Ballet Master
    June 2012 - August 2016
    Los Angeles, California

    Ogawa/Depardon Architects
    Junior Draftsman
    August 2009 - June 2012
    New York, NY


    University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington
    BA, Dance (Minor in Architecture), 2009

  • Gallery/Exhibit

    Student Gallery
    Paper Architecture; Design Fundamentals 1
    Pirate Pachinko; Product Design 2
    Rock n Roll; 3D Fundamentals 1
    reLAX; Product Design 4
    Lucky Penny Piggy Bank; Creative Strategies
    A Sharp(ie) Stool; Creative Strategies
    Pez Chess; Creative Strategies
    MARK by KODAK; Packaging 2


    ArtCenter Summer 2018 Graduating Class
    In recognition of Academic Achievement
    August 2018

    IDEA Finalist - Student Design Award
    In recognition of The Urbanette
    May 2018

    Spark Award Finalist
    Spark Awards
    In recognition of The Urbanette
    May, 2018

    Student Merit Award Winner for the Western District
    In recognition of ArtCenter Representative
    May 2018

    Special Recognition
    Denhart Prize for Sustainability
    In recognition of The Urbanette
    January 2018

    Hewlett Packard Special Recognition
    Hewlett Packard
    In recognition of Scope and Sandbox
    May 2017

    Provost’s list
    ArtCenter College of Design
    In recognition of 3.8 GPA or higher
    Fall 2015; Spring/Fall 2016; Spring/Summer/Fall 2017; Spring 2018

    Mary Gates Research Scholar
    Mary Gates Foundation for Research at the University of Washington
    In recognition of How The Dancer’s Brain Works
    January 2009

    LA Weekly’s Person of the Year, 2014
    LA Weekly Publication
    In recognition of Career as a Dancer
    May 2014

    Husky Promise Student
    University of Washington
    In recognition of Academic Achievements
    October 2007

    Best Male Dancer on Broadway
    Fred Astaire Awards
    In recognition of Performance in “Come Fly Away”
    June 2010

    Best Male Dancer of the Year
    European Critic’s Choice Awards
    In recognition of My work with Twyla Tharp
    September 2003


    Person of the Year
    LA Weekly
    Fall 2014

    Multiple articles
    Works and Performances from my dance career
    Vogue, The New Yorker, DANCE, Point Magazine, International Dance

    Bodies Outside the Box
    Dance Magazine
    June 2007

    IDSA2018Undergraduate SMA Winners
    Western District SMA winner
    Charlie Hodges, IDSA

    CORE 77 - Wanted Design - School Workshop
    Summary of the International Student Design Competition
    June 11, 2018

    Wikipedia: CharlieNeshyba-Hodges
    Dance Career
    Wikipedia Page for Dance Career

    Yes, Male Dancers Get Body Shamed Too
    Career in Dance
    Review of TEDx:ACCD talk “Learning from the Fall”
    January, 2018

    Core Strengths

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