On this page:
- Artist Statement
- Full Bio
- My Philosophy: Educator & Performer
Movement and language are at the core of our human experience, but are so often separated into different spheres. Amplifying and tearing open language to become moving, dynamic artifacts is at the center of my work. I bring named emotions, images, and stories into stark and sensory relief – as dance, rooted in words and their associated energies. I am dedicated to speaking through my art, to sharing these tools with others, and to celebrating diverse voices in my audiences and in my classrooms.
[Baby Bio for press/organizational purposes is available on my Press & Contact page]
Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist, teacher, and community practitioner. Her movement is deeply rooted in improvisational research, and balances vulnerability with her own blend of technical physicality and intimate choreological understanding. Her work exists where language and the written word intersect with sensory intensity.
After growing up training in ballet and modern at Paulette’s Ballet Studio in Medfield, MA, McNulty has since been focusing on contemporary forms and youth dance education. She holds a B.S. from Boston University’s College of Communication (Magna Cum Laude); and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London (Distinction), where she was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. Recent training also includes the 2017 Gaga/Batsheva Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York as well as numerous master classes and workshops in the Boston area.
McNulty was a principal dancer with Kairos Dance Theater under the direction of DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz from 2011-2015, and has also performed with Zoe Dance Company, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works. As a creator, her choreographic work has been shown at the Bonnie Bird Theatre in London, as well as numerous major arts festivals and professional dance concerts in the Greater Boston Area (including Artbeat, Dance for World Community, Salem Arts Festival, Natalie Johnson Dance, and more). She is a 2018 New England Dance Fund Award recipient, through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
A dedicated educator and community practitioner, Erin is currently a Lead Teaching Artist & Instructional Coach with Boston Ballet’s Education & Community Initiatives; and a Modern/Contemporary Instructor at Boston University. She has taught youth classes in ballet, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, The Roxbury Latin School, The Center for Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, Torit Montessori School, and Cambridge Performance Project.
In addition to McNulty’s experience as a performer and educator, her background also includes work in nonprofit administration and development as well as the journalism field, making her a uniquely well-rounded project manager and arts professional.
EDUCATOR & TEACHING ARTIST
I am passionate about bringing the expressive possibilities of contemporary dance into studios, schools, and community spaces alike. I allow my curriculum to be molded by who is in the room, acknowledging the diverse interests, skills, and cultural backgrounds that my students bring to their dance learning.
My interest in community dance is driven by a belief that dance can have an empowering 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 expressive body.
I strive to create a rigorous but safe space for mind-body discovery and achievement in every classroom I enter, regardless of age, level, background, or gender. I emphasize foundational ballet and modern technique to build strength and alignment, while also focusing on Laban choreological principles, improvisation and composition, release and floorwork, group listening strategies, and more.
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 utilizes intense physicality and explores the breadth of the movement spectrum with a finely tuned choreological understanding. I most often work with text as my inspiration point, and am interested in the sensory nature of language and how that is translated and amplified in movement.
My movement is informed by multiple techniques, notably ballet, classical modern, release technique, Gaga, yoga, and Initiation/1,000 Voices. Formerly a principal with Kairos Dance Theater, I am currently freelancing in Boston (see my upcoming performances here) and developing my own choreographic projects.