past & present faculty include:
Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in northern Ontario, he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, post/Modern dance, activist art, the Bay Area, wicca, punk, contact improvisation, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilize Hennessy’s work. Keith’s 2016 collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, and the collaboratives Blank Map and Turbulence. He teaches in universities, independent studios, and festivals including Ponderosa, Fresh, HZT, Movement Research, Portland State University, Sandberg Institute, and Impulstanz. Awards include the United States Artist Fellowship, a NY Bessie, multiple Isadora Duncan Awards, and a Bay Area Goldie. Keith’s writings have been published in Movement Research Journal, Performance Research (UK), Society of Dance History Scholars Journal, Dance Theatre Journal (UK), Contact Quarterly, Itch, Front, and In Dance. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. He earned an MFA and PhD from UC Davis. www.circozero.org
Ishmael Houston-Jones has been one of contemporary dance’s most vital improvisers, collaborators, and contributors for over three decades. His work THEM (2010) explored “some ways men are with men” (The Village Voice). Recast with a new generation of male performers, it was a provocative reimagining of his 1986 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. Also a scholar, he is the subject of two book chapters: “Speech as Act,” in Dances that Describe Themselves (Susan Leigh Foster), and “Crossing the Great Divides” in Taken by Surprise (Ann Cooper Albright and David Gere). As a performer, he has appeared worldwide in his works and in the work of artists such as Miguel Gutierrez, Keith Henessy, and Patrick Scully. He curated Platform 2012 Parallels: Black Choreographers and Postmodernism at Danspace Project, and returns in 2016 with Lost and Found, probing the generation of artists lost to AIDS and the legacy of that loss. He teaches at New York University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards.
Michelle Boulé is a Brooklyn-based, “Bessie” Award winning dance artist, teacher, and BodyTalk Practitioner. Her research includes ongoing studies of traditional and contemporary views on somatics, healing and the physical expression of consciousness. Her recent dances include “The Monomyth” (2017), “White” (2015), and “WONDER” (2013). She has received commissions from The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, ISSUE Project Room, Zenon Dance Company, Eugene Lang College, Trevor Day School, Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Universities of Oregon and Illinois. Her dances have also been presented recently by River to River, American Realness, “Come Together: Surviving Sandy,” Mount Tremper Arts, The Kitchen, and Movement Research at Judson Church, and have toured to Dublin, Latvia, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Her collaborative duo with cellist Okkyung Lee has been presented by The Met Breuer, send+receive festival (Canada), The Stone, ISSUE, JACK, and MoMA Junior Associates. Awards: NYFA Choreography Fellowship, Cloud Prize, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, DanceWEB. Residencies: Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center, LMCC Extended Life Dance Development, collective address, Movement Research, BAX Space Grant, DanceHouse (Ireland), and SKITE (France). Boulé is most noted for her performance work with Miguel Gutierrez (2001-2015), Deborah Hay, and John Jasperse. She has taught at dance institutions throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. michelleboule.com
Joy Davis is a dance artist, educator, and scholar. Under the moniker joy davis project, she produces collaborative and location-based dance performance since beginning in 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Artist, received a choreographic residency at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and has premiered work through various residencies in Northampton, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Knoxville, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Diego. She is currently creating a new work for New Dialect in Nashville, TN. She collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and most recently with Sarah Gamblin and Matthew Cumbie. Joy began training in the Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and completed the CTTT teacher’s certification in 2012 and 2016. She has taught Countertechnique workshops at Gibney Dance (NYC), Moving Target (Boston), BodyVox (Portland), Fact/SF (CA), New Dialect (TN), Mocean Dance (Halifax, NS), Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, and looks forward to joining the faculty at the American Dance Festival for the summer of 2017. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College and has since taught on faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University, Harvard University, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Alice Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2016 NEFA National Dance Project Production and Touring grant, 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance, 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture grant, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, theaters and festivals. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous.“ Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance.
Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer and dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with Alisha Wormsley, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Aisha Willis. To learn more about her please visit jasminehearn.com
Donna Mejia As a transnational fusion dance artist, Donna Mejia distinctive aesthetic dialogs the secular dances of North Africa and the Arab World with American Hip Hop dance and sub-genres of electronic dance/music culture. Donna also teaches the Brazilian Silvestre Dance Technique and is a lauded representative with over twenty years of practice. In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed lecture for International Scholarship in Dance, notably for her paper “Digital Diasporas and Transnational Dance Communities: The Effects of Internet Usage on Identity Formation and Collective Cultural Memory.” Donna has been guest artist in residence for eighteen colleges, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Smith College on full fellowship. She joined the University of Colorado at Boulder’s dance department in 2012 as the first Assistant Professor of transnational fusion dance globally. She is also an affiliate faculty member for the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Ethnic Studies Program and is trained as an ethnomusicologist. In 2015, her collaborations and solo performances have been shown at the venerable LaMaMa Theatre and Apollo Theatre of New York City, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. She is part of the Bella Gaia educational development team, and choreographing for new stage works by writer/director Cara Cruikshank in Paris. She balances her time teaching and touring internationally to teach, lecture, and perform for private sponsors, festivals and community organizations. Donna Mejia
Jennifer Polins is a curator, mobilizer, movement practitioner and performance maker, bridging somatics -performance practices- and contemporary dance techniques for over 25 years. Jen is the founding director of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (http://www.scdtnoho.com/), holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and is a 2014 MCC choreographic fellow. She has danced professionally in America and Europe, starting with the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and then the Zurich Operahouse Ballet companies before migrating to a professional career in contemporary performance art. Jen is specialized in rigorous Improvisational practices and worked closely with many mentors most notably- Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson. Jen is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga and Massage. She is guest lecturer in the Five College Dance department currently teaching UMASS. She is the co founder of Wire Monkey Dance (http://www.wiremonkeydance.com/) where produced over 20 productions throughout America, Europe and Asia. Jen lives between Berlin and Northampton where she creates work, curates artists, connects communities and teaches. With SCDT, Jen is in close collaborative relationships with San Francisco’s La Alternativa ( http://www.la-alternativa.us/), Boston’s New Movement Collaborative (https://newmovementcollaborative.com/), Northampton’s Community Arts Trust(http://www.northamptonartstrust.org/) and Earthdance (http://www.earthdance.net/). Jen is working on the creative team of the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival beside Stephanie Maher. She has collaborated most recently with Maurice Fraga, Joy Davis, Jen Nugent, Stephanie Maher, Peter Schmitz, Sarah Shelton Mann, Paul Matteson and James Morrow.
Lisa Race spent much of her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer in New York before heading north to Connecticut. She received a Bessie in 1995 as a member of David Dorfman Dance (1989-2000) and continues as a guest with the company. Her work has been seen at the former DTW, Danspace Project, Dancenow and MR at the Judson Church in NYC. Race is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College, having joined the faculty in 2007 after receiving an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF. She has given workshops and/or made dances at many destinations around the country and beyond, including ImpulsTanz (Austria), Kalamata Festival (Greece), France, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, Argentina, Sweden, Finland and Russia, as well as at the Bates and American Dance Festivals. Race’s film collaboration with Shawn Hove, Folded, has been screened at the Sans Souci Festival, Dance For Reel, and Light Moves Festival of Screendance. She is currently choreographic assistant to David Dorfman for a production of Assassins at Yale Repertory Theater.
Joy Mariama Smith is a native Philadelphian currently based in Den Haag, NL. Their work primarily addresses the conundrum of projected identities in various contexts. A sub-theme, or ongoing question in their work is: What is the interplay between the body and it’s physical environment? Rooted in socially engaged art practice, they are a performance/installation/movement artist, activist, facilitator, curator and architectural designer. They have a strong improvisational practice spanning 20 years. When they choose to teach, they actively try to uphold inclusive spaces.
Hana Van der Kolk makes dance-centric performances, events, videos and writing that investigate community/collaboration and how thought shapes moving, how moving shapes thought, and how being thoughtful movers might positively destabilize our notions of gender, sexuality, work, nature, and politics. Hana is based in Troy, NY, where she co-hosts the bi-monthly fundraiser dance party, Polly, and is a contributing member of communityLAB. She also works in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Hana has taught and performed internationally and collaborates with numerous artists including Asher Woodworth, Tomislav Feller, and Senem Pirler. She holds an MFA in Dance from UCLA and is greatly influenced by her work with Deborah Hay, Guillermo Gomez Pena, and the Body Weather Laboratory.
Lailye Weidman is a choreographer, dancer, and writer. She teaches improvisation and dance studies in academic and community settings and is an assistant editor for Contact Quarterly. Her recent projects include Showman Revisited, an homage to the resonance of hardcore music; Social Animal Please Tame Me (2016), an ensemble dance theater work investigating consent and consensus; birthing room (2015), a solo tracing textures of place and displacement; and Dike Dance (2014), a site-specific performance and community dialogue in collaboration with scientists at the Cape Cod National Seashore. She is part of Femmelab, a queer research and movement collective; and she collaborates with the Movement Party to produce Fleet Moves, an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod.
Lailye received a BA in dance from UCLA and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her work has been shown at the Domestic Performance Agency, Movement Research, and the New School in New York City, Anatomy Riot and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, CounterPulse and Joe Goode Studios in San Francisco, Green Street Studios and the Aviary Gallery in Boston, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, IL. She has been an artist-in-residence with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND), at Hothouse UCLA, and the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance.
Tara Aisha Willis is a dance artist, PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU and after several years as an administrator for programming and diversity initiatives at Movement Research, recently became Associate Curator of Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She currently performs in a collaboration between choreographer Will Rawls and poet Claudia Rankine, and in works by Kim Brandt, Megan Byrne, and Yanira Castro. She was part of the first performance by The Skeleton Architecture, a collective of black women and gender non-conforming dancers and improvisors, and was archivist/dramaturg for an in-process collaboration between Ni’Ja Whitson and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Roulette, THROW, Dixon Place, The Painting Center, AUNTS, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Center for Performance Research, and Draft Works at Danspace Project. She was a 2009 Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellow, a 2016 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence, co-curator of the Movement Research Festival Spring 2016: Hand Written Note(s), and recipient of NYU’s 2017 Stefanos Tsigrimanis Artistic Scholar Award. Currently Women & Performance’s performance reviews editor, she served as TDR’s co-managing editor, and co-edited, with Thomas F. DeFrantz, an issue of The Black Scholar on black dance studies (2016). Other writings appear in Movement Research Performance Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Magazin im August, Voices from the Bush, and Performa Magazine (forthcoming).
Chris Aiken has been a leader in the fields of dance improvisation and contact improvisation for over two decades. He tours internationally and has collaborated with many gifted improvisers, including Angie Hauser, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Andrew Harwood, Peter Bingham and Ray Chung. His work has been presented by venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival and The Walker Art Center. He recently received a commission from the National Performance Network to create a work entitled Utopia Parkway with Angie Hauser which toured in 2012-13. Chris has received numerous awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bush Foundation. He is an Assistant Professor and the MFA Director at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department. www.chrisaikenangiehauser.wordpress.com
Heidi Henderson is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College and teaches Modern Technique, Composition, Improvisation, Anatomy, and Dance Writing there. She is the artistic director of elephant JANE dance. Heidi grew up in Skowhegan, Maine, spent some time in New York City, and now lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island. She is a four-time recipient of the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship for excellence in the field. Her work has been performed in London, Korea, NYC, at Jacob’s Pillow in Mass., The Flynn Space in Burlington, VT, The Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, and at many other places in New England. Heidi danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Weiner and Paula Josa-Jones, and with Colleen Thomas, Peter Schmitz and Sondra Loring. She is a contributing editor at “Contact Quarterly: a vehicle for moving ideas.” Her book, “Growing Place,” contains
interviews with artists of the Bates Dance Festival. An interview about Heidi’s choreographic process can be found on Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence here. She teaches regularly at the Bates Dance Festival. She has taught at Dance New Amsterdam, DanceSpace Inc. in NYC, NYU’s Tisch Dance Summer Festival, Moving Target Boston, and in many residencies at colleges in the US. She has been on the dance faculty of Amherst College, Colby College, Hampshire College, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Roger Williams University.
Kathleen Hermesdorf is the Director of ALTERNATIVA. She has been dancing in San Francisco since 1991. Hermesdorf gained invaluable experience as a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She also co-directed Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells and Collusion with Stephanie Maher, with whom she co-directs PORCH summerschool at Ponderosa in Germany. Hermesdorf teaches, performs, improvises, creates, curates and mentors locally, nationally and internationally. www.la-alternativa.us
Jennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a “Bessie” for her work with the company. She has worked intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Race, Paul Matteson, Martha Clarke, Gerri Houlihan, and Dale Andre, among many others. Jennifer enjoys creating her own work and collaborating. She is currently working with Wendy Woodson and studying with Patty Townsend.
Tom Weksler has been practicing Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated in 2009 from “The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa”. Since 2010, he has been dancing with “Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company” and performed with the comapny’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world. He is currently performing around the world the performance “Collective Loss Of Memory” – choreographed by “Rootlessroot” (Jozef Fruček and Lind Kapetnea) and produced by “Dot504” In 2014 Tom Created the Duets “SARU’ and “Heder” in collaboration with Tokyo Based Dancer and Choreographer Mayumu Minakawa. Both Duets has performed internationally in various theaters and festivals. Since 2017 Tom has been dancing with Guy Nader and Maria Campose Dance Company.
Tom’s movement workshops have taken place in Dance Schools, Circus Schools, Dojos and Professional Companies in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Athens, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Cologne, Bratislava, Milano, Rome, Pisa, Paris, Lyon, Antwerp, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Guadelajara, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hong Kong and more.
Leslie Castellano, a multidisciplinary artist with focus in movement and performance practice, I work with shifting the state of the body through physical images, touch, magic, and wilderness. The ideas here are experiments in navigating meaning, beauty, and critique in a haphazard landscape.
Discussion is encouraged.
I teach classes in contact improvisation, improvisation, butoh, performance making, yoga, and aerial dance. I regularly make new performance work and create eclectic art projects with diverse communities. Some of my collaborators include Kevin Dockery, Synapsis Performance Collective (I am also the founder), Trajectory, Miriam Wolodarski/Sense Object, Karl Frost, and Isabelle Kirouac.
TajaWill Choreographer and performer, creates work using the moving body to explore realities of social consciousness. She delves into images, emotions and ideas in the creative process, and her performances parallel everyday extremes. For Taja, the body is a vehicle by which to explore the experience of an individual within community. Her technique straddles the line between movement and voice; resulting with performances which uniquely marry the sonic and kinetic. Will’s work uses techniques of structured improvisation, choreography and contact improvisation to manifest an aesthetic of agency and spontaneity.
Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances recently at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series and Late Nite at the Pillsbury House Theater. Will has been named ‘One to watch, one to embrace’ as the Keeper Award recipient in 2010 from Metro Magazine, she received a 2011 Sage Award nomination, named a highlight of the 2014 dance season by the Star Tribune for her role in Off Leash Area’s Maggie’s Brain and was recently a featured artist in Lavender Magazine’s ‘Choreographers that Move Us’. Will has recently received the Right Here Showcase commission and will premiere Bruja in San Francisco in April and Minneapolis in May 2017.
In addition to creating her own work Will has performed with Rosy Simas Danse, Off Leash Area, PramiliaVasudevan’s Aniccha Arts, Deborah Thayer’s Movement Architecture, VanessaVoskuil, Joe Horton, CompanyBlu (Italy), Sasha Klienplatz (Montreal), Body Cartography Project, Jim Lieberthal, Cathy Wright and Miguel Guiterrez.
Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967. She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Lewis in N.Y.C. before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with contact improvisation. In 1979 she moved to San Francisco CA and started the Company Contraband as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research.
Among her awards are a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards, Djerassi Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence and SF Bay Guardian Goldie Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions.
Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.
K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her training began as a child with ballet and musical theater as well as judo and fencing. This blend of approaches is a basis for her consistent expression and art making. Her dance studies at the New School for Social Research and with Andre Bernard (1979 -81) led her to improvisation and new dance techniques that were being explored at that time. K.J. has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational and somatic practices, collaborating with forerunners Simone Forti, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton. She continues to push into new frontiers of dance and theater with her love of research and experience. Her dance/theater pieces have been presented in NYC at the Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Movement Research at the Judson Church, D.T.W., Dixon Place, University Settlement, Warren Street Performance Loft, The Present Company, The Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, the Joyce Soho and the Vision Jazz Festival, as well as nationally and internationally.
K.J. is a graduate of the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the Esper Studio NYC studying with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (2009), Satya Yoga (2007), and The School for Body-Mind Centering (1999), of which the play between is essential to her current practices. As a sought after teacher of contact/improvisations and somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, Holmes is adjunct faculty at NYU/ Experimental Theatre Wing since 2001, has been teaching through Movement Research since 1986 and has been a guest teaching performing artist recently at Julliard, Bennington, Yale, Princeton and Roger Williams University. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration offering movement tutoring and yoga sessions. K.J. travels throughout the world teaching and performing at universities, festivals and venues that range from theaters to site specific locations to living rooms. Her commitment to the collaboration between dance and music continues to inform her work, performing alongside many brilliant musicians, vocalists and poets such as trumpeters Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell, Jr., singer Lisa Sokolov, actor Keith Biesack, dancers Karen Nelson, Karinne Keithley Seyers and Jon Kinzel, and poet Julie Carr, and in the work of artists including Ann Bogart, Ann Carlson, Allyson Green, Meg Stuart, Randy Warshaw and Cathy Weis.
K.J. recently danced with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, in The Works of Steve Paxton at Dia:Beacon and in Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective at PS1:MoMA, and is currently performing with Karinne Keithley Syers and Lance Gries. She was a founding member of the Veterans Project under the direction of Fay Simpson, and was a 2012-14 Movement Research Artist in Residence where she began developing her new dance theater piece HIC SVNT DRACONES (HSD). HSD will be presented as a full evening length piece in 2016. K.J. has had the great pleasure of performing in the recent work of Emily Johnson CATALYST (NYLA 2015); Mark Dendy (Ritual Cyclical, Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2013), Lance Gries (The 50’s Project video; Immanent Field, Danspace Project, 2014;), Melinda Ring (The Landscape, The Kitchen Gallery, 2014), and Donna Uchizono (Short Tahitian Temper, NYLA 2013).
Angie Hauser is a performer, choreographer and director with training in contemporary and postmodern dance, ballet, and contact improvisation, who’s research focuses on the creation and performance of dances for the stage, and it is grounded in the interrogation and practice of movement, improvisation and collaboration. Known as a bold performer who mixes set choreography and improvisation with personal history, she is described by The New Yorker as “a tremendous performer…who brings everything she has ever known about dance to the stage in a moment.”
Hauser is a long-time collaborator with the celebrated Bebe Miller Company. As a senior member of the company she has contributed to the repertory as a dancer, performer, writer and choreographic collaborator since 2000, receiving a BESSIE Award for her creative work. Her work with the company is featured on TWO: an online score for Motion Bank/The Forsythe Company, and in Dance Fort, an e-book.
Hauser has created performances with dance artist Chris Aiken since 2003. This partnership has yielded multiple grants and commissions by national and international presenters including National Performance Network, The Dance Center, Links Hall, Bates Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church and Florida Dance Festival. Other recent choreographic projects include collaborations with dance artists Jennifer Nugent, Susan Rethorst, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, Paul Matteson, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford, and Andre Gribou. Hauser danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi and taught on the faculty at Cornell University, Denison University and Columbia College.
She is currently Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Dance for Smith College.
In December 2017, Hauser will premiere “In a Rhythm,” a new work by Bebe Miller Company at the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018, as part of the DanceMotion USA program, Hauser will travel to Peru and Colombia with Bebe Miller Company to share creative work and thinking with local communities, fostering dialogue around the human condition and exploring the subtext that our bodies reveal.