Erin Kouwe

Teaching Fellow in Dance

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Erin Kouwe is a creator and dance artist interested in collaborative and evocative dance making rooted in movement as research that pulls apart, puts back together and suspends in question. Her work explores disorientation and imagination in response to the relationships of desire, culture, and learning. In 2019, Erin received Tennessee Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship for her choreographic work, which has been performed by Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2 and freelance artists under the moniker Erin Kouwe and Dancers. Her choreography has also been presented by Tennessee Women’s Theater Project and Going Dutch Festival, where she has been featured as a Commissioned Artist. Erin is the founder of Seen, a project to disorient performance and build community around dance by generating warm spaces for witnessing, sharing, and exchange about creative process.

Erin has performed with New Dialect, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Luna Negra Dance Theater, and in works by choreographers like Banning Bouldin, Bryan Arias, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ohad Naharin, Yin Yue, Joy Davis, Idan Sherabi, Monica Cervantes, Julia Rhoads, and others. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University, and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance at Smith College. Erin is a Teaching Fellow at Smith College, and has taught at Hampshire College, Belmont University, and Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division.