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Movers & Shapers: Austin Hartel

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PODCAST No.142 – Austin Hartel

Release Date: 10.3.22


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ABOUT Austin Hartel

Austin Hartel, originally from Washington D.C., began his dance training at the Washington School of Ballet at age eight, and continued at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.  He received his BFA in Dance from the U of North Carolina School of the Arts and, after a 16-year career performing and touring worldwide, went back to school and received his MFA from CalArts in Dance and Integrated Media.

Mr. Hartel danced for five years as a soloist and co-choreographer with Pilobolus Dance Theater, appearing worldwide and on TV.  After leaving the company as a dancer, he continued to work on special projects with Pilobolus for an additional eight years.  He has also appeared with Dances We Dance under the director of Fritz Luden and Betty Jones, The Frank Holder Dance Company, Dendy Dance and Theater, and Tandy Beal, to name a few.

Hartel’s honors include the U.S. Department of State naming him as a Cultural Specialist touring throughout Central and South American for ten years, and a 2009 Fulbright Scholar’s Grant.

As Artistic Director of Dalton-Hartel Dance and Hartel Dance Group, he toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.  His choreography has been presented on five continents and at prestigious festivals, including in Italy at The Vignale Dance Festival, The Florence Dance Festival, and the Versiliana Festival.   He was presented in Brazil at the 5th Festival de Danca de Mercosul and the VI International Seminar de Danca.  New York performances were produced at numerous popular dance venues, including The Kaye Playhouse, DTW, St. Mark’s Church, Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, and more.

Hartel represents American Arts and Culture by teaching, lecturing, performing internationally, and maintaining a national presence.  He is on faculty at the U of Oklahoma’s School of Dance, where he is currently the Coordinator of the Modern Dance Program since 2003 and Artistic Director of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma until 2019.


Oklahoma International Dance Festival


MSP 141: Adele Myers

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PODCAST No.141 – Adele Myers

Release Date: 9.19.22


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ABOUT Adele Myers

Adele Myers is a Miami based dance maker and Artistic Director of Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD), a national touring contemporary dance theater company made up of female athletes of the heart. For over a decade, AMD has been presented throughout the U.S with funding from the New England Foundation of the Arts, National Dance Project, and National Performance Network. Since relocating to Miami, she received commissions from Miami Light Project, Live Arts Miami and South Miami Dance Cultural Arts Center.

Adele received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a One-Year Special Certificate from the London School of Contemporary Dance; and earned an MFA with a focus on Dance Pedagogy and Choreography at Florida State University, and an MA and PhD (ABD) in Performance Studies from New York University. She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Tulane University and Connecticut College and has taught on faculty at New World School of the Arts in Miami.

TwistTalks: TWISTalks are online and in-person women-centered gatherings and discussions about out to twist against internalizing disempowerment in our everyday choreographies

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Pentacle Presents: Fall Further XI (NYC)

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Pentacle Presents: Fall Further XI (NYC)
Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 7pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Pentacle’s eleventh year of Fall Further brings the work of six female-led companies for an evening of dance at New York City’s renowned Dixon Place. Join us in person or through live stream to experience live dance performance that is introspective and derived from personal experience while being relatable, thought-provoking, and expertly crafted. Presenting artists are BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, CoreDance Contemporary, Freespace Dance, The Moving Architects, and The Pillow Project. Contact with any questions about the performance.

General Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at the door
Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Livestream: $10 suggested donation
Tickets HERE

MSP 140: Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy

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PODCAST No.140: – Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy

Release Date: 9.5.22


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ABOUT Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy

Founded in 1992, award-winning mother/daughter artists Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy are the Artistic Directors of Ragamala Dance Company, a pioneering company rooted in the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. Over the last four decades, Ranee and Aparna have forged a path for culturally rooted performing arts organizations and made Ragamala a standard-bearer within the American dance landscape. The New York Times says, “Ragamala shows how Indian forms can be some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.”

Ranee and Aparna’s choreographic work has been commissioned and presented extensively throughout the U.S., India, and abroad, highlighted by the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Joyce Theater (New York), Lincoln Center (New York), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), The Soraya (Southern California), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT), Cal Performances (Berkeley), Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India), among others.

Ranee serves on the National Council on the Arts, appointed by President Barack Obama. Among her recent awards and honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (Italy), Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Research Fellowship (Italy), United States Artists Fellowship, and McKnight Distinguished Artist Award. Ranee immigrated to the United States in 1978 and, since that time, her work has merged the rich traditions and deep philosophical roots of her Indian heritage with her hybridic perspective as a first generation South Indian American, including bold experimental collaborations with national and international artists across forms and genres.

Aparna is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (Italy), Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Research Fellowship (Italy), Joyce Award, and Bush Fellowship for Choreography, among others, and has been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2010. Her projects include solo, evening-length works which have toured widely, nationally and internationally, and commissions from the American Dance Festival and the Silk Road Ensemble.





Alarmél Valli

Minnesota Dance Alliance


National Council for the Arts, Nomination by Obama

Robert Bly

Kennedy Center 50th Anniversary Season

Fires of Varanasi

The Dharma Forest

Keerthik Sasidharan

Ashwini Ramaswamy

“Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino

“Celebrate Brooklyn” 



Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton

The Moving Architects Fall Festival (Montclair, NJ)

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The Moving Architects Fall Festival
to Benefit The Moving Architects
Saturday, October 22, 3-5pm

A family-friendly event!

Montclair Brewery, Outdoor Patio
101 Walnut Street
Montclair, NJ

Neighborhood and Metered Street Parking Available

Join the fun!
Dance Performance by The Moving Architects
Food + Beer
Cookie Decorating courtesy of Victoria’s Cookie Creations
Silent Auction + Door Prizes
Kids Activities

Silent Auction Items Include:
Broadway Tickets to Funny Girl with Leah Michelle
Tickets to Polar Express
Handmade Custom Quilt
and more!

Single Ticket: $65
Family Ticket: $150
Purchase Tickets HERE
Family tickets include admission for two adults and up to four children.
All tickets include two beers per adult.

This event is organized by The Moving Architects Board of Trustees:
Liz Hobbs, Meg Regan, Laura Shortt, Brian Shortt, Erin Carlisle Norton

MSP 139: Gloria McLean

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PODCAST No.139 – Gloria McLean

Release Date: 8.22.22


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ABOUT Gloria McLean

Gloria McLean (Founder, Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Educator) is artistic director of LIFEDANCE/Gloria McLean and Dancers. She choreographs, teaches and performs from her base in New York City and Andes, NY.  LIFEDANCE is dedicated to the integration of body, mind and spirit through the creative process. McLean’s dances often collaborate with new music, art, language and the environment.  Her choreography has been presented in NYC and internationally, including the American Dance Festival, festivals in Ireland, Paris, Montreal, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, and China. In October 2019, she produced “Lucky Dragon 5 Voyage to Hope,” with sculptor Ken Hiratsuka, bringing together artists from around the world on the theme of world peace in memory of the those who perished in the Bikini Island nuclear tests in 1954. In June 2018 in Beijing, McLean collaborated with leading Chinese avant-garde choreographer Wen Hui and Ken Hiratsuka to produce “Stone.Paper, Line. Sky. Water”—dance interacting with drawing, live stone carving, water and audience in the unique 3-story architectural space of painter Huang Rui’s Cloud Pavillion.  In 2012 McLean’s “Dancing Without Illusion” paid tribute to painter Will Barnet. Her video “Twice Marked” was exhibited at Brattleboro Museum in 2008 and the ADF Dancing for the Camera Festival 2009.

Teaching credits include: Professor of Modern Dance for two years at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea (2009-2011);  Henry-Bascom Visiting Professor at UW/Madison (2000); George Washington University (1997 and 2000). Adjunct positions and Guest Artist residencies at Manhattanville College, American University, Dowling College, Hofstra University, University of Texas/Edinburgh and San Marcos, and numerous others. She first received acclaim as a leading member of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1982-1993, performing major female roles in the repertory, teaching at the Hawkins School, and touring the U.S. and internationally. Currently McLean is President of the American Dance Guild producing festivals live and online. She teaches live and through zoom.

“I make dances to celebrate human existence, the miracle of the expressive body, with other artists, people, places, forms, media, with ideas that inspire us, and speak to our shared condition.  I am. It dances.”




Frederic Franklin


Connecticut College – Dance

Martha Myers

American Dance Festival

Twyla Tharp 


Sara Rudner

Nina Wiener

Sante Fe Opera

Ann Halprin

Erick Hawkins

Martha Graham

Lucia Dlugoszewski

“Angels of the Inmost Heaven”

Marilyn Wood

Alec Rubin

New Dance Group


Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Dance & Architecture Exploratory Lab (NYC)

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Dance & Architecture Exploratory Lab (NYC)
October 21, 2022

The Moving Architects will explore the intersection of architecture and movement in collaboration with Professors Ashlie Boelkins and Olivia Pontiff and Master of Architecture graduate students from the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Students will develop an understanding of Laban space harmony as led by Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, and immerse in a workshop between the students and professional dancers.  The Moving Architects will explore movement in response to the student’s designs or “choreography” of their creative works.  The goal of the Exploratory Lab is to ignite a creative process for both disciplines where the bodies’ relationship to emotion and space are in focus.

Movers & Shapers: Joan Myers Brown and Kim Bears-Bailey

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PODCAST No.138 – Joan Myers Brown and Kim Bears-Bailey

Release Date: 8.8.22


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ABOUT Joan Myers Brown

Ms. Brown is the honorary chairperson for the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), an organization she established in 1991. Founder of the International Conference of Black Dance Companies in 1988, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts and Howard University in Washington, DC. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Ursinus College and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Listed in Who’s Who in America and described as an “innovator and communicator,” Ms. Brown’s efforts for dance excellence are only part of her contribution to the field. She was co-chair of Dance/USA Philadelphia. She received the Philadelphia Award and documented in a publication “Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina”, by Brenda Dixon Gottschild. She has received awards from the City of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania and the Embassy of the United States of America. Brown honored as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and Outstanding Alumni of West Philadelphia High School. She received the prestigious National Medal of Arts Award. Also honored by the American Dance Guild Honoree Award in addition to many other awards. Ms. Brown is a recipient of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2017 Industry Icon Award and received the Philadelphia Cultural Funds David Cohen Award in April 2019. Most recently Ms. Brown received the distinguished 2019 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance for her choreographic influence on black dance in America.

ABOUT Kim Bears-Bailey

Early formal dance training at Jones & Haywood, Lynne B. Welters School of Dance, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) graduate of The University of Arts, Kim joined PHILADANCO in 1981. A 1992 “Bessie” Award recipient, (The New York Dance and Performance Award), Kim represented PHILADANCO at the 1988 American Dance Festival performing works of Dr. Pearl Primus and appeared in the movie “Beloved”. Ms. Bears-Bailey is an Associate Professor of dance at the University of the Arts. Kim is one of few artists granted permission to remount the works of many world-renowned choreographers including Talley Beatty, Pearl Primus and Gene Hill Sagan. She received the Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Silver Star Alumni Award from UArts. Kim is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance’s Next Generation of Leaders. Kim choreographs and directs an annual ‘Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia’ event. Kim received the 2017 ‘Bring it to the Marley’ Icon Award and the 2018 ‘Legacy Award’ from DCNS Dance. Just recently Kim completed a one week residency at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa teaching and restaging a work by Dr. Pearl Primus.




Katherine Dunham

Sister Sledge

Sammy Davis

Billy Eckstine

Pearl Bailey

Pennsylvania Ballet

Arthur Mitchell

Camille Brown

Rennie Harris

Leslie Odem

Lee Daniels


President Obama presents National Medal of Arts to Joan


Jones-Haywood Dance School

Louis Johnson

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

University of the Arts

Denise Jefferson

Debra Chase 

Vanessa Thomas-Smith

Deborah Chase Hicks

Tally Beatty

Pearl Primus

Kimmel Center



Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Newark Dances (Newark, NJ)

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Newark Dances
Saturday, October 1 @ 2pm

Weequahic Park
Empire Street and Meeker Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
Free Tickets: Available HERE

Come out to Weequahic Park in Newark, NJ and enjoy an exciting afternoon of dance and choreography by local established and up and coming dancers and companies. This event is free and open to all! Featuring The Moving Architects alongside Susan Ramirez and Ray Ruiz, IMGE Dance, Zoey Crenshaw, InnerGy, Nicole Ohr/Cole Collective, and Kofago Dance Ensemble.

Featuring The Moving Architects with “The Vibe”
choreography: Erin Carlisle Norton in collaboration with the dancers
dancers: Emily Cicio, Kelly Guerrero, Graziella Murdocca
Music: “Cadence” by Travis Lake, “Chairman” by ori lichtik, “Nu” by ori lichtik
Interactive Costume “Extended”: gwen charles

“The Vibe” was supported by For the Artists! Residency Program at MOtiVE Brooklyn. The Moving Architects also gratefully acknowledges that this production was made possible in part through a residency grant offered by SMUSH Gallery, Monira Foundation, and Mana Contemporary.

The Monira Foundation Artist Residency (MANA Contemporary, Jersey City)

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The Monira Foundation Artist Residency

September 12-18, 2022
MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJMore info: HERE

The Moving Architects will have an artist residency at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City through the Monira Foundation.  The Monira Foundation Artist Residencies Program started in 2018 as a radical experimental laboratory, working in close collaboration with artists, curators, musicians, producers, and writers to conceive, realize, and present innovative projects in all media. Their aim is to spark, intensify, and promote an evolving cultural and social dialogue between creators, audiences, and institutions and focus on the unique potential of interdisciplinary work