Erin Carlisle Norton is Artistic Director of the non-profit dance company The Moving Architects (TMA), founded in Chicago in 2007 and relocated to New York City in 2013. TMA has toured, taught, and performed at colleges, dance studios, and community centers extensively throughout Chicago and the Midwest, including evening-length concerts at Links Hall (Chicago), Fasseas White Box Theater (Chicago), Columbus Dance Theater (OH), Beloit College (WI), and Wilson College (PA), with prominent performances in the New York area at venues such as Dixon Place, South Orange (NJ) Performing Arts Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance New Amerstdam, Chez Bushwick, Triskelion Arts, and Green Space. TMA has taught and toured internationally through the US Dept of State to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan; Guatemala City; and throughout Morocco with Action Danse. Norton holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from Ohio State University, and is a Laban Certified Movement Analyst and Pilates Instructor. Norton and TMA have received generous funding from groups such as the Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Columbus Dances Fellowship, and recently Erin received one of only three 2014 Choreographic Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Class Description: In my modern technique classes I cultivate a physical movement approach that blends technical rigor with aesthetic specificity. I draw from my background as a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis, balletic and modern dance forms, and studies in Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language. This blend leads to a movement style that evokes powerful ranges of motion; surprising shapes, details, and nuances in the body; and the coverage and use of space through energy and athleticism. I am interested in training the body to be available for the possibility of physical extremes, whether this translates to an overall ‘fierce’ quality in the dancer or to a softness and expressiveness in the ‘vulnerable’ body.