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  • Full Bio
  • My Philosophy
  • Goals

Full Bio

Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist, teacher, and community practitioner. Her work is deeply rooted in improvisational research, and balances vulnerability and intimacy with her own blend of physicality.

After growing up training at Paulette’s Ballet Studio, McNulty has since been focusing on contemporary forms and youth dance education. She holds a B.S. (Magna Cum Laude, 2011) from Boston University’s College of Communication; and a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction, 2016) in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. She studied at Trinity Laban with Lyndsey McConville, Sue Akroyd, Tom Hobden, Rahel Vonmoos, Fred Gehrig, Tony Thatcher, Zoi Dimitriou and Rosemary Brandt; and performed in the works of Bethan Peters and Will Aitchison. Recent training also includes the 2017 Gaga/Batsheva Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York as well as many local classes and workshops.

McNulty was a principal dancer with Boston-based Kairos Dance Theater under the direction of DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz from 2011-2015, and has also performed in projects with Zoe Dance Company (2017-present), Kelley Donovan & Dancers (2013-2018) and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works (2012). As a creator, her choreographic work has been produced by Trinity Laban, ArtBeat by Somerville Arts Council, NACHMO Boston (National Choreography Month), Salem Arts Festival, Sasso & Company, Providence College Dance Company, and Third Life Studio Choreographer Series. McNulty was also the 2018 recipient of a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, which she used to create a dance film with directors Chris Di Nunzio & Skip Shea.

A dedicated educator and community practitioner, Erin is currently a Lead Teaching Artist with Boston Ballet’s Education & Community Initiatives. She has taught youth classes in ballet, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, LINX Dance Studio, and Cambridge Performance Project. 

>>Read more about my story and my dance-making in this profile on Boston Voyager

In addition to McNulty’s experience as a performer and educator, her background also includes work in nonprofit administration as well as in the journalism/editorial field, making her a uniquely well-rounded project manager and artist.


Photography by Liza Voll for Boston Ballet

My Philosophy

EDUCATOR & TEACHING ARTIST 

I am passionate about bringing the expressive possibilities of contemporary dance into studios, schools, and community spaces alike.

My interest in community dance is driven by a belief that dance, and the physical and mental empowerment it brings, can have a positive impact on people from all walks of life. I am drawn to projects where the barriers between professional dance and the communities it exists in are broken down, bringing richer cultural dialogue and appreciation for the arts and the body.

I strive to create a rigorous but safe space for discovery, expression, and personal achievement in every classroom I enter, from beginner to advanced. I emphasize foundational ballet and modern technique to build strength and alignment, while also focusing on release technique, Laban choreological principles, musicality, improvisation, group listening strategies, creative composition, and more.

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DANCER & PERFORMER 

My work as a dancer is marked by unexpected shapes and shifts in momentum, as well as subtleties in gesture, performance and rhythm. I am most interested in work that explores the breadth of the movement spectrum with a finely tuned choreological understanding, and utilizes intense physicality to push the bounds of expression. My work is informed by multiple techniques and concepts, notably ballet, classical modern, release technique, Gaga, yoga, Initiation/1,000 Voices, and physical theater. Formerly a principal with Kairos Dance Theater, I am currently freelancing in Boston and developing my own choreographic projects.


Goals

I aim to:

  • continue creating and participating in innovative, relevant, collaborative, and sensory dance performance work
  • explore opportunities for points of contact and transfer between professional dance artists and the communities they work in, bringing dance more firmly into the cultural conscience as a vital means of expression and storytelling
  • bring the empowering experience of dance and creative movement into more lives – across a spectrum of age, gender, and background