Erin Carlisle Norton (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, administrator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects. 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 BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Performance Mix Festival, Montclair Art Museum, Spring Break Art Fair, and Gibney, and dozens of venues throughout Chicago and the Midwest, NYC and the East Coast, and the Southern United States. 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 Valley Day School (PA), Links Hall (Chicago), Kenyon College (OH), Pomerene Arts Center (OH), University of Chicago, and Gibney (NYC). 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.


Norton’s work has been supported by numerous creative residencies including at Wilson College (PA), Dancewave as the first artist-in-residence (Brooklyn),  The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), High Concept Laboratories (Chicago), Columbus Dances Fellowship (OH), Nimbus Dance Works (NJ), and Links Hall’s Artistic Associates Program (Chicago), and has received numerous individual grants and fellowships including a 2020 and 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.