"If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance."
George Bernard Shaw
Amy M. Wilkinson is a dance maker, teacher, collaborator, and mentor with a twenty year career in dance performance and education fields. She specializes in program development and assessment, with a focus on community enrichment.
My artistic process is driven by the desire to seek out underlying truths, comedy, absurdity, and drama in the human experience. I view choreography as a kinesthetic language that communicates these elements in a particular voice with a clear point of view. My technical training in classical ballet and past performances in musical theater, post-modern and contemporary styles inform my movement vocabulary, as does my belief that the body is socio-culturally inscribed and therefore manifests cultural values. I greatly appreciate the intellect, physical prowess, humor, and emotional vulnerability that artists with whom I work bring to the
rehearsal process and I see the studio as a laboratory where all are free to take risks, explore, create, and make meaning.
I have extensive experience working with diverse dancers of all ages and levels in multiple dance genres. In addition, I have a keen interest in developing interdisciplinary partnerships and the presentation of dance in non-traditional performance spaces. Please click here for choreography highlights.
My current projects revolve around a deep interest in being part of a dance citizenry within my community. Dance sparks a dialogue about underlying myths, values, and traditions in our culture; furthermore, those who derive knowledge from dance develop a positive sense of self, as well as social awareness and empathy for others. Dance is transformative for the body, the intellect, and the spirit. It embraces change as a process that is experiential, holistic, and communal. Dance creation is dynamic and responsive to the challenges of a world ever in flux and in need of peace.