Movers & Shapers: The Moving Architects

By August 15, 2017Podcast


L-R: Rachel Gill, Jenny Gram, Léla Groom, Ashley Peters, Maggie Beutner, Caitlin Bailey, photo: gwen charles

PODCAST No.46 – The Moving Architects

Release Date: August 15, 2017


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The Moving Architects, under Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is a female-centric dance company that channels the authentic complexity of both the current and historically lived female experience into dance works edged with charged movement and feminine strength. The resulting dance works reveal intense female performances that make connections between bodies in motion, location and space, as well as historical and physical experience. Formed in 2007 and based in NJ/NYC since 2013, TMA has performed and taught extensively in academic and community settings throughout the NYC-area, East Coast, Midwest, and internationally in Central Asia, Guatemala, and Morocco. TMA recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary Season, with full-evening length performances presented by The Tank (NYC), Jersey City Theater Center (NJ), and performances at Bryant Park Presents Contemporary Dance (NYC), The Dance Complex (Boston), Dixon Place (NYC), Featured Guest Artist at Your Move Dance Festival (NJ), APAP at City Center (NYC), Nimbus Choreographic Residency and Performance (NJ), and Wilson College Creative Residency (PA).  TMA hosts and produces the dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.


Caitlin Bailey is a dancer and visual artist who trained in dance at Marymount Manhattan College before receiving her BA in Dance from Hunter College where she studied under Alberto del Saz and Jana Fienman. Bailey has recently performed at The Sheen Center,  Dixon Place, and Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Italy with Amaris Dance; the Vision of Sound tour with Matthew Frazier-Smith; and Green Space with Danielle Nicolosi. As a choreographer and performing artist for Eden Productions and Love Creek Productions, Bailey’s work has been showcased at Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, in IHI Therapy Center’s “LOVE, YOURSELF” Gala, The New School’s BFA production of “Polaroid Stories”, and the Producers Club Theatre. A Certified Personal Trainer and competitive Obstacle Course Racer, Bailey works with PhilanthroFIT Training while dancing for Amaris Dance and The Moving Architects.

Maggie Beutner is a performer from Denton, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a BFA in Dance, along with studying in the honors college. While in school, she performed in works by KihYoung Choi, Amiti Perry, Ana Sokolow, and taught and choreographed extensively across the state. Since relocating to Brooklyn, she has performed with Brandon Welch, Britta Peterson, and is a company member of kaycruddenco. Maggie joined The Moving Architects in 2015.

Rachel Gill is from Muncie, Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance where she performed in works by Martha Graham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Kimberly Bartosik, and Shannon Gillen, and also spent a semester studying at Amsterdam School of the Arts. Upon graduation, Rachel attended Springboard Danse Montreal and moved to New York City. Since living in New York, she has performed and participated in multiple workshops with the Merce Cunningham Dance Trust, and has performed as a freelance dancer with artists such as Rosalind Newman, Elizabeth Dishman, Kathleen Helm, and Asako Miyahira. Rachel is currently a company member of GREYZONE Dance and The Moving Architects.

Jenny Gram, originally from Santa Clara, California, holds a BFA in dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. While a student, she performed the work of Carl Flink, Jennifer Kayle, and Chris Masters, in addition to choreographing her own work. Since she graduated, Jenny has performed with Jennifer Archibald, Armada Dance Company, and Mark Dendy in New York City and Shen Wei Dance Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art during the American Dance Festival. She is a certified Pilates mat instructor through the Kane School of Pilates. Currently, Jenny is a freelance arts administrator, and makes her own choreography under The JGram Project. Jenny is thrilled to be dancing in her fourth season with The Moving Architects!

Seattle grown, Brooklyn based, Léla Groom received her early training from the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, where she performed extensively.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude, she relocated to New York City, where she is working as a freelance dancer and collaborator. She has performed with Treeline Dance Works, continues to work with long time collaborator Britta Joy Peterson, and is currently involved in projects with Inkyung Lee, and Falcon Dance. This is her second season with The Moving Architects.

Ashley Peters, originally from Utica, New York, holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from University at Buffalo, where she was presented an Award of Distinction in Research for her thesis regarding the history and applications of jazz dance. As a freelance artist, Ashley has been a featured soloist with the Balasole Dance Company, toured Europe as a solo artist with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Ballet Ensemble, and performed at Jacob’s Pillow with Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance Company.  Ashley currently works at Gibney Dance Center and dances for Ballaro Dance, SoHa Dance and Treeline Dance Works.



University of Iowa – Department of Dance

Marymount Manhattan College – Department of Dance

Hunter College – Dance Department

University at Buffalo – Department of Theatre and Dance

University of North Texas – Department of Dance and Theatre

Arizona State University – School of Film, Dance and Theatre

Purchase College – Conservatory of Dance

Bates Dance Festival

DOVA (Doug Varone and Dancers)

American Dance Festival Winter Intensive

Gibney Dance Center

New Yorkers for Culture and Arts

Cornfield Dance

Trinity High School

Conductive Education


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