Erin Carlisle Norton is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects. Driven to create dance works that make connections between bodies in motion, location and space, and historical and physical experience through the authentic complexity of the lived female phenomenology, Norton founded TMA in Chicago in 2007 and relocated it to NJ/NYC in 2013. Described as “precision-dependent choreography (brilliantly tense, unpredictable and specific, as always)”, her work has been presented internationally through company performance and teaching tours to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (with the US Department of State and US Embassies), Morocco, and Guatemala, and widely at dozens of traditional and unconventional venues including NYC area’s Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Montclair Art Museum, and Gibney Dance, and venues in IL, PA, OH, NJ, MA, KY, IA, MI, WI, and NY. She has taught dance courses at The Ohio State University and Beloit College, and has enjoyed guest artist positions at dance studios, community centers, and universities including Links Hall (Chicago), Kenyon College (OH), Pomerene Arts Center (OH), University of Chicago, and Gibney Dance (NYC).


Norton’s work has been supported by residencies at High Concept Laboratories (Chicago), Columbus Dances Fellowship (OH), Nimbus Dance Works (NJ), Links Hall’s Artistic Associates Program (Chicago), and numerous creative residencies at Wilson College (PA), with individual funding support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Chicago CAAP Cultural Grants, and through a 2014 Fellowship in Choreography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Norton has a BFA and MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, a Graduate-level Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago (GLCMA), and is a Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor. As a graduate student at OSU, Norton received research awards including multiple dance department SFI Grants, The OSU International Award for Visual/Performing Arts, The Marianna Russell Technology Scholarship, and the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant. Norton also currently produces and hosts the company’s semi-monthly dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.