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Intensive with Banning Bouldin// March 17-28, 2014

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 USA (map)

Join Artistic Director Banning Bouldin and the dancers of New Dialect for a two-week intensive and learn the tools they use to creatively collaborate.


Workshop | Details

Schedule: Mondays-Fridays | 9:30-11 AM

Location: Houston Station

Fee: $12/single class  |  $75/full workshop


Flooring/Falling/Sliding: A cohesive and articulate training syllabus for the advanced dancer promoting awareness, stability, and specificity in an environment dedicated to research. Drawing from her extensive professional experience with some of the world's leading contemporary choreographers and instructors, this workshop will utilize movement fundamentals rooted in Laban and Taylor techniques as influenced by 21st Century dance icons Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Aszure Barton, William Forsythe, and David Zambrano.

Improvisation Tools: Dancers learn to apply parameters and concepts found in the creative processes of William Forsythe, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, and Contact Improvisation games to unlock their imaginations and explore greater movement possibilities. 


Banning Bouldin | instructor

 Photo: Eden Frangipane

Photo: Eden Frangipane

Banning 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 faculty The Juilliard School

A Nashville native, Banning received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the next eight years performing 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, eager to connect with the Nashville dance community and to share her experience. She was immediately engaged as a contemporary dance instructor and choreographer by the School of Nashville Ballet and Vanderbilt University, where she is currently on faculty.

Banning 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, Banning 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.