Autumn Eckman

Autumn Eckman.

2023-2024 Dance Guest Artists

Autumn Eckman will be in residence September 6-10, 2023.

Autumn Eckman received her formative training from Susan Bebee, Tom Pazik and Patricia Bromley in Atlanta, GA before attending the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship at age 15. Autumn had the privilege to perform as a company member of Giordano Dance Chicago where she also served as Assistant Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer and Director Giordano II; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush ProductionsRon De Jesus Dance, State Street Ballet, the Cangelosi Dance Project and The Cambrians.

Her choreographic commissions include original eleven works for Giordano Dance Dance Chicago including JOLT which was named one of Dance Magazine's Top 10 Choreographic Works for 2012 by Wendy Perron.  Commissions also include State Street Ballet (Artist-In-Residence) and State Street Ballet Young Dancers ,Colorado Conservatory of DanceDanceWorks ChicagoVisceral Dance ChicagoThe CambriansChattanooga BalletKit ModusThe Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams-Henry Dance Company (supported by New Dance Partners), Mareck Dance Gainesville BalletNorth Coast Ballet CaliforniaVitacca Ballet, C, Washington & Lee University, Stephens College, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Her choreography and research has been presented at the IUGTE Conference (Austria), Women In Dance Leadership ConferenceNational Dance Educators OrganizationEdinburgh Fringe Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Performática (Mexico), Solo Duo Dance Festival (NYC), Detroit Dance City FestivalCharlotte Dance Festival, Blackbox International Theatre & DanceFestival (Bulgaria), Dance Gallery Festival (TX), Men In Dance Festival (WA), as a Finalist of the McCallum Choreography Competition (CA) and with JUNTOS Collective (Guatemala) where she served as Outreach Choreographer in the summer of 2019. Autumn regularly collaborates with composers, multimedia and visual artists including David K. IsraelDan MyersAnton FaynbergEvan Bivins, Joseph Venegoni, Robert LeGendre, Mark Shaffer, Travis McFarlane, Tom Andes, Dr. Michelle GottJonathan Marquis and Dorsey Kaufmann.

Autumn holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa. She is certified in the Giordano Jazz Dance Technique through the Nan Giordano Certification Program and in Level One of Revolutionary Principles of Movement (founded upon the anatomy and kinesiology as researched and developed by Ruth Petrinovic and Joanna Kneeland). She is dedicated to sharing her experience of over 20 years of performing, choreographing and teaching/mentorship and has served as master faculty for organizations including Hualien Dance Theatre (Taiwan), Lou Conte Dance Studio (Chicago), Visceral Dance Centre (IL), Atlanta Academy of Ballet and DanceAlliance Academy of Dance (ID), Jaqueline's School of Ballet (UT), Vitacca Vocational School for Dance (TX), the Ballet Alliance Festival, Open Doors Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. She is a former Instructor of Dance at Northern Illinois University and Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona and inaugural faculty member of the School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School (GA). Currently, Autumn is an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University.