Banning Bouldin is an artist of the rarest quality. Every choice is dictated by deep personal authenticity and integrity. The intensity of her fire leaves no dross.
— Stephen Pier, former Juilliard faculty; dancer, Jose Limon Company & the Royal Danish Ballet

Banning Bouldin (founder & artistic director)

is a Nashville native and received her BFA in dance from New York City’s Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the next eight years working internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers: The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Hubbard Street 2, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Wen Wei Wang, and others. She was a soloist, master teacher, and rehearsal assistant during her tenure with Aszure Barton and Artists from 2003-2010. In 2007 she began to develop and teach her own syllabus in Paris at the Theatre de la Danse and Studio Harmonic. That same year she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based both in Portland, Oregon and Goteborg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010. She has taught master classes in the US, Canada, and Europe, has performed worldwide, and has been featured in four films, as well as in articles in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and Dance Spirit.

In the Fall of 2010, Bouldin returned to Nashville, where she was engaged as a contemporary dance instructor and guest choreographer for the School of Nashville Ballet and Vanderbilt University. She has since been commissioned to create work for the Nashville Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal.

Bouldin formed New Dialect in January 2013 in response to a perceived need in the Nashville community for a rich and relevant contemporary dance training experience, where dancers, teaching artists, and choreographers come to explore a wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies existing in the world of 21st Century dance. Having greatly benefited from her training at Juilliard, whose faculty were (and are still) devoted to excellence and fostering curiosity, Bouldin endeavors to facilitate a healthy working environment dedicated to research, where dance artists are given "tools not rules" and emerge confident, deeply connected to their bodies, with the capacity to interpret a broad range of choreographic voices and inspire audiences with skill and authenticity.


Rebecca Allen (rehearsal assistant, instructor & dancer)

is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her dance training with the Jefferson Ballet Theatre.  She studied both dance and the visual arts at Loyola University and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 2001, she received her B.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of New Orleans.  Upon moving to Nashville that same year, she taught high school physical science and chemistry for three years.  In 2004, she studied contemporary dance at Tulane University in New Orleans. The following year, she attended the American Dance Festival to study both Cunningham and Release Technique. Shortly thereafter she became assistant to the director of StillPoint Dance Theatre and performed with the company for seven years.  In 2007 she was privileged to perform Missa Brevis with the Limon Company.  She has taught both ballet and contemporary technique in several Nashville area schools including Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Certificate in Dance Studies.  In 2010 she choreographed, directed and designed the set for her first children’s ballet Where the Wild Things Are. Since then she has directed several children’s productions including Hansel and Gretel, The Nutcracker, and The Little Mermaid. She is currently collaborating with Banning Bouldin and New Dialect, both as a dancer and a teacher in New Dialect’s Contemporary Cross-Training Series. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading about art and dance history, working in clay, and collaborating on creative projects with friends.


Mary Arwen (dancer)

is a Nashville native.  She launched her dance career in New York City in 1999 as a performer with j.mandleperformance while earning her Studio Art degree from Vassar College and training at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance on scholarship and at Merce Cunningham’s studio.  A long-standing collaborator with artists working in fashion, film, painting, photography, and installations, Mary was most recently featured in “Quintet” at Zeitgeist Gallery (2012), and is the subject of painter Jeff Danley’s upcoming “Model Behavior” at Cumberland Gallery (2014).  Mary has danced locally for Company Rose, Epiphany Dance Theater, and in work by Ivan Pulinkala.  She has taught Graham technique at Harpeth Hall School, Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Ballet, MTSU, and for the Metro Parks’ Centennial Youth Ballet, and has choreographed for stage, site-specific works, film, and a national commercial. Since receiving her MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2008, Mary has maintained a psychotherapy practice that is informed by embodied meditation and the cultivation of conscious presence.  Her public offerings in this field have included talks and workshops that explore stillness, self-compassion, and non-duality.  She especially loves gardening, beekeeping, and enjoying a menagerie of pets with her twin sons.  Mary’s first performance with Banning Bouldin was at Zeitgeist Gallery in September 2012, and she has been a delighted member of New Dialect since its inception.


Clémence Aubier (dancer & photographer)

was born in France. She began her dance education at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional de la Courneuve, where she had the opportunity to experience the work of choreographers such as Mats Ek, Akram Khan, and Bejart. From 2008-2012 Clemence continued her studies at the Academie Americaine de la Danse in Paris, pursuing ballet technique under the tutelage of Karin Averty, Principal dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, as well as modern dance technique. She also participated in the Final and Semi Final of the Youth American Grand Prix ensemble category where she and her fellow dancers were awarded third place. Clémence has participated in many contemporary dance workshops in Europe, studying with Navala Chaudhari from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s dance company, Thomas Moricz from the Forsythe Company, Yamit Kalef from the Cullberg Ballet, and Elke Schepers from the Netherlands Dans Theater. In 2012 she joined the Nashville Ballet 2 Training Division. Shortly thereafter, Clémence performed in Banning Bouldin’s site-specific work "Ritual" for the Shelby Park Centennial Celebration. She has been a member of New Dialect since May 2013.


Emily Clayton (visual artist)

is a visual artist who works primarily in painting and performance. Her recent exhibitions include Zeitgeist, Nashville, Johalla Projects, Chicago, Threesquared, Nashville and Roots and Culture, Chicago. She has attended residencies at School of Visual Arts (2012), ACRE (2010) and Harold Arts (2009). In the fall Clayton will be attending New York University where she is a candidate in the MFA program for studio art.


Joy Davis (certified Countertechnique instructor & choreographer)

hails from Nashville, TN and has spent the last ten years in Knoxville, Chicago, and Amsterdam making, performing, and studying modern/contemporary dance. In 2006, she graduated with a B.A. in Performing Arts and Choreography from the University of Tennessee's College Scholars Program. While in Knoxville, Joy served as Artistic Director for Circle Modern Dance, taught and choreographed as adjunct faculty in the University of Tennessee Dance Department, and collaborated with many artists to make multimedia dance-theater installations. She was profoundly influenced by Anouk van Dijk and Countertechnique while studying at the American Dance Festival in 2005. Since that summer, Joy has traveled to and lived in Amsterdam four times to train and study Countertechnique. While in Chicago, Joy received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Grant for emerging choreographers, danced with Erica Mott, Redmoon Theatre, Striding Lion Dance Group, and collaborated to create three evening-length works in site-specific locations. Joy completed vinyasa yoga teacher training at yogaview in Chicago and studied capoeira in both Chicago and Berkeley. After completing the 2012 Countertechnique Teacher Training in Amsterdam as only one of 15 teachers worldwide, Joy’s home base is once again in Nashville where she works as a yoga instructor, free-lance choreographer, and Countertechnique teacher. Joy has taught Countertechnique classes and workshops in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Nashville, and Knoxville and is currently an MFA candidate at Smith College in Massachusetts.


Luke Davis (dancer)

is from Weatherford, Oklahoma, where he began dancing at 7 years old. He studied classical ballet with Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy and received scholarships to study at multiple summer intensives such as ABT, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Luke danced with Tulsa Ballet II from 2010-2012, performing with the main company in several major ballets, including John Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew", and the world premier of Edward Liang's "Romeo and Juliet."  He danced with Nashville Ballet II for the 2012-2013 season and is excited to now be going in a different direction with New Dialect.


Eden Frangipane (photographer)

“I love to travel more than anything, which is why it may be difficult to find much of a theme in my work. Taking photos has become a necessary and fulfilling way for me to document my experience. 15 different countries are represented in my photographs. In their own way I hope they help to bridge a cultural gap that makes the world a little smaller, more tangible, and more communal.”


Carrie Gerow (instructor)

earned her BFA in dance at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has since danced with Nashville Ballet 2, Momentum Dance Company, Karen Peterson and Dancers, a mixed ability company making works for able-bodied dancers alongside dancers with disabilities, as well as with the Limon Company during their residency at Vanderbilt University in 2007. Touring the South Eastern U.S., Brazil and the Caribbean with many of these and other dance ensembles created wonderful opportunities for her to experience a variety of techniques and movement voices. Carrie now serves on the faculty of Belmont University's dance program where she has created and teaches the first dance kinesiology curriculum offered at the university. She also teaches courses in ballet, modern, Pilates and pedagogy, in addition to choreographing works for the Belmont Dance Company. Having served as a teaching artist with the Art Smart Program through the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, she draws on the ideas of aesthetic education to facilitate her teaching. Carrie also dances and choreographs for Epiphany Dance Company, teaches private lessons, and classes for movers of all levels of experience designed to facilitate comfort, skill and pleasure through movement. Carrie joined New Dialect in October 2012 where she has had the opportunity to participate in the creation of new works by Banning Bouldin, as well as join the roster of teaching artists for New Dialect’s Contemporary Cross-Training Series.


Elise Hughes (dancer)

is originally from Nashville and began her love for dancing in her family's performing arts school, Charles Harding School of Creative Arts, where she also studied competitive gymnastics for 9 years. In 2009, she was awarded a scholarship to Vanderbilt University’s dance certification program from which she graduated in 2010. From 2011-2012 she studied contemporary dance technique and improvisation privately with Banning Bouldin. She then moved to New York City to continue her contemporary dance education, studying “gaga” the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, and taking classes with such choreographers as Shannon Gillen of Shannon Gillen and Guests, Sidra Bell, Zvi Gothenier, and Gregory Dolbashian of Dash, to name a few. Elise is thrilled to be working with Banning and the New Dialect family.

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Ana-Maria Lucaciu (master teacher & collaborator)

was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 11 she received a scholarship from the National Ballet School of Canada, where she completed her dance education. She joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Germany’s Augsburg Ballet and Lisbon’s Contemporary Portuguese Dance Company and most recently, with New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Lar Lubovitch, Alexei Ratmansky, and many others. Summer 2013, Ana Maria was rehearsal director for the Brooklyn based company Gallim, and this winter she will assist Alexander Ekman with his new full length piece for the Norwegian Opera Ballet in Oslo. She has earned a BFA in dance from Empire State College.


Rosemarie Mientka (dancer)

grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She began her intensive dance education in 2005 at The Institute of Dancing Arts under Diane Revie. Rosemarie performed with the Institute’s company, Southwest Ballet Theatre, in and around the Western Slope for four years. In 2009, she became a Mentor/Apprentice with ARC Dance Company in Seattle, WA. She received the Julia Harrig scholarship in 2010 for her to continue as a Mentor/Apprentice. In ARC Dance Company’s Summer Dance at the Center performances, Rosemarie was a featured soloist, premiering in a new work by Penny Hutchinson of Mark Morris Dance Group. She moved to Nashville in 2011 to join Nashville Ballet 2 Training Division where she began studying with Banning Bouldin. Rosemarie performed in “Ritual,” Bouldin’s site-specific work created for the Nashville Ballet 2 for the 100th Anniversary of Shelby Park in October 2012.


Amy Morrow (certified Gaga instructor)

a native of Fort Worth, TX, Amy holds a B.F.A. Dance from Belhaven University and is a graduate of the inaugural Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her first Gaga experience was with over 200 international artists in a 111 year old gymnasium at the American Dance Festival. Currently, Amy travels internationally teaching Gaga (Ohad Naharin’s movement language), Composition, Ballet, and Indian dance forms. She has been a guest teacher at the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance, The American College Dance Festival Association, and Southern Methodist University among others. Her workshops have been hosted by The American Dance Festival Scripps Studio, The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Hope Stone, Houston MET Dance, The University of Tulsa, New Dialect and Belmont University. She also has performed as a guest artist for the International Ballet Competition, studied Nikolais/Louis technique with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and directed educational outreaches and benefit performances across Texas. In collaboration with Jesse Zaritt, Amy presents her senior thesis, Contextualizing Art Cross-Culturally, as a way to connect communities through their passion to move. Amy also collaborates with Seoul/Dallas based company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, with Joshua Peugh as well as Nashville based contemporary dance collective, New Dialect, with Banning Bouldin.


Becca Place (dancer)

began her dance training at the Makeroff School of Ballet in her hometown, Appleton, Wisconsin. She continued her training working as a soloist with the Fox Valley Youth Ballet Theatre and studying with the Milwaukee Ballet School for several summers. She attended UNC School of the Arts where she studied under Nigel Burley, Ethan Stiefel, and Nina Danilova. She had the opportunity to work with Martine VanHamel at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center before graduating high school from UNCSA as a dance major. She worked as an apprentice with the Montgomery Ballet before moving to Nashville to work as a second company member at Nashville Ballet. There, she began work with Banning Bouldin and was featured in Bouldin’s works, Anthem and Ritual. Becca joined New Dialect in June 2013.


Emily Rhyne (dancer)

was born in Florida and began her dance training at the age of 2, studying classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. She moved to Nashville in 2010 to dance with the Nashville Ballet 2, performing in many productions, including Sleeping Beauty, Dracula and Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker. In 2012, she participated in the national tour of Veggie Tales Live. She has taught ballet and contemporary technique in several Nashville studios, aspiring to create a healthy and knowledgeable dance environment for her students. Emily began studying with Bouldin at the Nashville Ballet in 2011 and is blessed to be a part of New Dialect.


Sarah Salim (dancer)

began her early dance training in North Carolina, studying ballet and contemporary technique with Rossana Gahagan, Dara Gasper, and Miguel Campaneria. From 2007-2010 she performed with the Carolina Ballet in The Nutcracker, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and many other ballets. In 2011, she joined Nashville Ballet 2 and performed in productions such as Pequita, Coppelia, and Nashville Ballet's Nutcracker. Sarah has studied contemporary dance technique and improvisation with Bouldin since 2011 and is excited to be a member of New Dialect.


Idan Sharabi (master teacher & choreographer)

Idan Sharabi was born in Israel, 1984. He graduated Thelma Yellin and The Juilliard School before he danced in Netherlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. He was chosen to create for NDT Upcoming Choreographers 10′ and has won The Zeraspe Award 06′, The Mahol Shalem International Competition 13′ and Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2012 & 2014. Between 2011-13 he created for companies: “TheProject” of The Israeli Opera House, KCDC, The Israel Ballet, Ballet Junior de Geneve, NND, ZDT, and EBBC. Last season, Sharabi was chosen to be one of the 9 promising young artists of Israel by American Express and founded his group, Idan Sharabi & Dancers, in Sep. 12′. Since then, he has created four works for the group which were invited to festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Italy, and Israel. 
Throughout the years, Sharabi has been teaching workshops and/or creating with students in schools, such as Contemporary Dance School Hamburg, Gothenburg Ballet Academy, Alvin Ailey School, The Italian Dance Alliance, Springboard Dance Montreal, The Maslool Dance Program, The Sadna in Ga’aton, Israel, and more. 

Idan Sharabi has been supported by American Express TYP Project, The Israel Ministry of Culture, The Israel Festival, Suzanne Dellal, Bikurey Ha-Itim, The AICF, The Israeli Opera House, The Juilliard School Donors and a donor of The Dance Library of Israel Organization.


Mary Ruth Isbell & Emma Morrison (apprentices)