Anne Burnidge is a dancer, dance-maker and educator. As the director of Anne Burnidge Dance she has choreographed over 20 works, which have been presented nationally and internationally in New York City, Chicago, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, West Virginia, Toronto, Mexico and Taiwan. In addition to performing in her own work, she has danced in works by dance luminaries Bebe Miller, Meredith Monk, Jacques D’Amboise and Maguy Marin. Many of her choreographic works explore the intersections of dance and science. Her 2018 collaborative project, Balancing Act, investigates the human microbiome and implications for environmental sustainability. This multidisciplinary art exhibit, supported by the UB GEM Community of Excellence, was presented at the Buffalo Museum of Science to over 600 audience members, and a companion article detailing the educational outreach component of the project, Dancing our Microbiome at the Science Museum: A Dance/STEAM Collaboration, was published in the Journal of Dance Education. Other recent works include To Tricia with Love and A Tribute to Merce, honoring modern dance giants Merce Cunningham and Tricia Brown, presented at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in collaboration with the Buffalo Chamber Players. She also regularly creates collaborative works with UB graduate and undergraduate students, most recently Inside Repetition, a dance-poetry-film project exploring disability access in dance on film, with UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar Eli Clare. This research was presented at the 2021 NDEO National Conference.
Burnidge’s scholarly research integrates theories and practices from somatics, dance science and culturally relevant and critical pedagogies to develop healthy, holistic dance education and training methodologies. She regularly presents her research at conferences including the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), Dance Studies Association, and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Burnidge’s teaching focuses on educating the whole person, and she specializes in teaching somatic-based contemporary dance and ballet technique, dance-making, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. She was the inaugural recipient of the NDEO Top Paper Citation for her article Somatics in the Dance Studio: Embodying Feminist/Democratic Pedagogy; a nominee for IADMS’s Dance Educator of the Year Award; and has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts to develop and present her creative work. Her teaching credits include The Ohio State University, The College at Brockport (SUNY), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Columbia College Chicago. She was honored to serve on the board of directors of the American College Dance Association from 2008 to 2014. She has served on the organizing board for the Dance Science and Somatics Educators Organization since 2009 and has twice organized and hosted their conference, most recently at UB in 2018.