VIDEO STILL: Tori Lawrence / 2018
Originally from the Midwest, Ellie Goudie-Averill is a dance artist and educator who works with dancers of all ages on technique and performance. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Kansas, and also as Associate Director of Dance at the Lawrence Arts Center. Ellie has danced professionally for a variety of choreographers, including Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, and Bronwen MacArthur, and performed with Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater in Philadelphia for five seasons. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Church, the Kimmel Center's International Festival for the Arts, and RAW Material. Ellie's dance reviews and other writing has appeared in Philadelphia's thINKingDANCE and CultureBot. She currently teaches at Connecticut College and is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works.
Teaching Philosophy: In my classes, I reframe repeated technical practices by providing students anatomical information, imagery, and carefully crafted combinations. I begin class by warming up from the inside out, and initial barre work is followed by more complex and physically demanding movement sequences. As a queer feminist, I grapple with the fraught histories of the western traditions that I teach, and I encourage myself and my students to delve into the inequity inherent to these forms, ways in which this continues to play out in the contemporary world, and how the future of concert dance can shift this narrative. It is my goal for students to become integrated individuals who are able to analyze movement practice in depth, even while in motion.