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, the University of Kansas and Franklin & Marshall College. In the past, she has danced professionally for Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, Bronwen MacArthur, Group Motion. Ellie is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works and has been with the company for nine years. She currently teaches Ballet at Connecticut College and at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought/Hawley Street Ballet in Northampton, MA. Ellie's dance reviews and other writings have appeared online at thINKingDANCE and BAC Stories.
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.