Assistant Professor, Dance
Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121
Autumn Eckman (Atlanta, GA) received her ballet training from the Houston Ballet Academy. In her twenty years as a professional dancer she had the privilege to work with and and perform the works some of the world’s leading contemporary, classical, modern and jazz companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Giordano Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet. She is currently a member of The Cambrians- a Chicago based company that uses large collaborative processes to create evening length work. Through extensive training in an ever broader range of techniques including the modern techniques of Horton and Graham, partnering, improvisation and the contemporary movement practices, she has formulated an integrated approach to her own ways of teaching that appeals to dancers from diverse movement practices and technical backgrounds. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. She has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and has choreographed for companies and universities including DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams-Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Her work has been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, Midwest RAD Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival and Kalamazoo Michigan’s Aesthetic Research and Education Program. From 2009-2015, she was an Instructor of Dance at Northern Illinois University and has been a faculty member of Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, Florida Dance Festival, Summer Dance Lab (Walla Walla, WA) and the Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers and Professional Division. Autumn is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she received an MFA in Choreography.