Erin Carlisle Norton (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, administrator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects (TMA), an all-female dance company and nonprofit organization based in NJ/NYC. With a movement vocabulary that emphasizes charged movement and feminine strength, Norton’s choreographic work links design and form to movement and space, often incorporating interactive costuming/props.
TMA has a dynamic history of teaching, performing, creating, and touring regionally, nationally, and internationally, presented 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’s BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Placae, Performance Mix Festival, Spring Break Art Fair, Ramapo College, The Dance Complex (Boston), Point Park University (PA), Columbus Dance Theater (OH), and 21C Museum Hotel (KY) among others. Erin 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 Valley Day School (PA), Kenyon College (OH), Pomerene Arts Center (OH), University of Chicago, and Gibney (NYC). Erin’s work has been supported by creative residencies including yearly at Wilson College (PA), Dancewave as the first artist-in-residence (Brooklyn), High Concept Laboratories (Chicago), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), and currently at MOtiVE Brooklyn. Receiving numerous awards and fellowships, she was selected for the 2021 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership in Dance and received a 2014 and 2020 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.
Erin 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.
She currently leads the company’s pay-what-you-can movement program Community Movement Project in Northern NJ, and hosts and produces the company’s semi-monthly dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast. Erin is also the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey, the statewide service organization for dance and dance education.