Nancy Allison

Nancy Allison is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and educator. From 1976–85 she was a member of Theater of the Open Eye where she distinguished herself as one of a trio of dancers awarded the prize for Best Company at the 15th International Festival d’Automne in Paris and as a leading interpreter of Jean Erdman’s modern dance repertory of the 1940s and 50s. She was the executive producer and featured dancer in the three-part video archive Dance & Myth: The World of Jean Erdman and is currently artistic director of Jean Erdman Dance for which she stages Erdman’s work at universities throughout the US. Her choreography has been presented by the Athens Festival in Greece, House of Composers in Moscow, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Blossom Music Festival in Cleveland, OH and Artquake in Portland, OR, among others. In addition to a BFA in Dance from Ohio University, Allison has completed certificate studies in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and ISHTA Yoga. She has taught LMA on faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School for Human Development, Arts and Culture, the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (NYC), the University of Venice and as a frequent guest artist for INDACO in collaboration with Danza Venezia. She is the editor of the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines (Rosen, 1999), noted as one of the Best Books of the Year by Body & Soul Magazine, as well as several series for young people including The Library of American Choreographers and Let’s Get Moving.