Erin Carlisle Norton founded The Moving Architects on New Year’s Day, 2007. Growing up in the nooks and crannies of a Victorian house and the Neo-Gothic church outside of Pittsburgh, PA where her father was pastor, she developed a heightened awareness of her experience of physical spaces long-steeped in the passage of time. Adding to this her vigilance in exploring and promoting the female voice and form, TMA is now a female-centric dance company known for creating highly visual, architectural, and innovative dance works. The company regularly collaborates with artists working in other artistic mediums in order to add multiple approaches, texture, imagery, depth, and nuance to the dance-based projects.  Norton’s work is grounded in her physical research in Laban Movement Analysis, modern and postmodern academic dance studies, and improvisational study.

Since its inception, and as the company has moved from Chicago to the NJ/NYC area, The Moving Architects has engaged with audiences and communities regionally, nationally, and internationally through performance, teaching, and podcasting projects.  Company tours have included a teaching and performance tour of Central Asia sponsored by The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies. The company also had a short residency in Guatemala City, and Norton was invited to teach and perform throughout Morocco with Association D’Fleur with sponsorship by the U.S. Embassy.  TMA was also a part of the 3-city tour Elevate: A Triple Bill of Female Choreographers in NYC, Boston, and Pittsburgh.

In 2015, TMA launched “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast” a dance interview podcast led by Norton that features the choreographers, dancers, educators, media artists, administrators, collaborators, and other “shapers” of the dance field.

 TMA also leads Community Movement Project, a pay-what-you-can movement program in Northern NJ in partnership with Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair.

TMA has performed extensively across the country, notably in the NYC-area  at BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Gibney, Green Space, Chez Bushwick, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Performance Mix Festival, Making Moves Dance Festival, and Montclair Art Museum, among others.  TMA has been featured at national venues including The Dance Complex (Boston), Point Park University (PA), Links Hall (Chicago), Columbus Dance Theater (OH), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PA), and Wellspring Theater (MI), among others.  The company and Norton have received numerous creative residencies at Wilson College, as well as the first Artist-in-Residence at Dancewave, The Iron Factory, and Nimbus Dance.  Norton received prestigious 2020 and 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship and frequently teaches master classes in academic and community settings across the country.

As The Moving Architects celebrates over a decade of dancemaking and teaching, the company under Norton’s direction continues to grow and research new projects, partnerships, and collaborations, exploring fresh creative and conceptual tools with each new venture.