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b. 1972, Indiana USA



2012 – 2019: PhD, University of Chichester, full scholarship and bursary. Supervisors: Professor Jane Bacon, Professor Vida Midgelow. Thesis title: ‘Forming, Returning and Deepening: Dance-making with the processual qualities of Authentic Movement’

2008 – 2012: Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (Linda Hartley), 3-year Diploma Programme

2002: MA Dance Studies, Laban (with distinction). Subject areas: Choreography, Aesthetics, Choreological Studies. Dissertation advisers: Anna Pakes, Rosemary Butcher

1999 – 2000: Advanced Diploma Professional Studies, Artists in Schools Training Programme Institute of Education, University of London and The London Arts Board

1994 – 1996: Professional Diploma in Dance Studies, Laban Centre London (with distinction). Award for excellence in coursework, work-scholarship for second year of study

1990 – 1994: Bachelor of Philosophy, Miami University, Ohio, USA (cum laude). Major: Interdisciplinary Studies / Western College Programme, Minor: German. Junior Year Abroad programme at Ludwig Maximillians Universität in Munich, Germany

Selected choreographic projects

2020 – 2025: perch adaptation / bespoke solo project.

2021: new group commission for Mobius Dance Company

2020: perching, a collaboration with dance-artist Natalie Garrett Brown, photographer Christian Kipp and lighting designer Cath Cullinane. Generated with support from Wimbledon Space

2014 – 2019: perch, a solo which explores forming, returning and deepening movement material across an extended period of time

2014 – present: Accumulations, a collaborative research and development project for four artists (Dani Abulhawa, Hannah Buckley, Sarah Spies & Amy Voris). Generated with support from The Arts Council, Dance Manchester, Yorkshire Dance and in affiliation with The Whitworth Art Gallery

2014 – present: flockOmania, a collaboration with jewellery-maker Zoe Robertson, dance-artist Natalie Garrett and photographer Christian Kipp. Performed at Lanchester Gallery (Coventry), Parkside Gallery (Birmingham), Music Techfest (Berlin), Dance 4/Nottingham Contemporary and The University of Huddersfield

2008 – present: enter & inhabit, a site-responsive dance project in collaboration with Natalie Garrett, photographer Christian Kipp, writer Niki Pollard. Performances at Summer Dancing Festival, Living Landscapes conference Aberystwyth, Dance in Devon, Dance and Somatic Practices Conference Coventry. With support from Coventry University and Warwick University as part of the AHRC project ‘Sensing the City’ (2018-2020)

2014: skirting, a collaboration with dance-artist Natalie Garrett and photographer Christian Kipp. Performed at the Performing Process Symposium (Coventry University) and the International Federation of Theatre Research (University of Warwick)

2013: clog, a collaboration with composer James Buchanan. Performed at Emergency, Manchester, Coventry University and University of Chichester

2009 – 2011: sift, a collaboration with composer James Buchanan, lighting designer Cath Cullinane and photographer Christian Kipp. Presented at Abundance festival Kartstadt, Sweden, Lanchester Gallery Coventry and Dance and Somatic Practices Conference Coventry. Created with support from Clarence Mews, London and Coventry University

2006 – 2008: overlap, a solo made in collaboration with scenographer Susannah Henry and composer James Buchanan. Developed at Clarence Mews, Laban and at Progr’ in Bern, Switzerland. Performed at the Blue Elephant Theatre, London; Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University, London; Delia Zapata Theatre, Bogota, Colombia; PROGR’ in Bern, Switzerland; Chisenhale Dance Space, London. Production funding from Migros kulturprozent, Bern Burgergemeinde, Swiss Amt fur Kultur Kanton Bern (Switzerland) and Espacio Ambimental, Republica de Colombia Ministerio de Cultura (Colombia)

2005 – 2008: sentient dogs, a diverse group of performers who share a passion for movement and for play

Selected performance work

2003 – 2019: Performer / collaborator for choreographers Anna Macdonald, Caroline Salem, Katye Coe, Satya Dunning, Neil Paris, Meghan Flanigan, Dog Kennel Hill Project

1996 – 2003: Performer with and founding member of Rose’s Thoughts Dance Company devising 8 original dance works under the direction of choreographer Ruth Segalis. Rose’s Thoughts received support from The London Arts Board, Arts 4 Everyone, Greenwich Dance Agency, Jackson’s Lane Zone Three, London Borough Arts, Essex Dance, The Place Theatre Commission, The Place Choreodrome, The Video Place, The British Council, Bretton Hall, The Greenhouse Effect Conference, Laban among others. Segalis was a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and was short-listed for the Jerwood Award for Choreography. The company had over 60 performances in Britain and abroad

Selected education / facilitation work

Summer 2021: Guest teacher, Figueres Es Mou Festival, Spain

2018 – 2021: Delivery of Experiential Anatomy, Authentic Movement and Somatic Psychology content on Janet Kaylo’s Laban / Barteneiff & Somatic Studies International programme in Toronto, Canada and Pasadena, California

2019 / 2020: Delivery of morning class on the Embodied Practice module and final project supervision on the MA / MFA in Creative Practice hosted by Independent Dance / Trinity Laban

January – August 2019: Dissertation / final project supervision on the MA Dance and Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body at the University of Central Lancashire

January – December 2018: Lecturer in Dance (.2 maternity leave cover) on the BA in Dance Performance and Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire. Subjects: Studio practice and dissertation / final project supervision

January – March 2018: Choreographic supervision on the MA in Contemporary Dance / Developing Artistic Practice Pathway at London Contemporary Dance School

January – August 2017: Senior Lecturer in Dance (.6), Manchester Metropolitan University. Subjects: Choreographic Practice, Contemporary Technique and Improvisation, Dance Performance, Movement Research, dissertation / final project supervision (department closed because of university restructuring)

2012 – 2019: Guest Lecturer at Independent Dance London, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Plymouth University, Coventry University, University of Chichester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lithuania Dance Summer School

2007 – 2012: Associate Senior Lecturer in Dance (.6), Coventry University. Subjects: Contemporary Dance Technique and Improvisation, Solo-Making, Site-responsive Dance-making, Interdisciplinary Performance Practice, Dance History, Performance Practice (MA level), dissertation / final project supervision

2006 – 2007: Sessional Lecturer, London Contemporary Dance School and Birkbeck College, London. Subjects: Performance Studies/Repertory, Teaching Studies, Choreological Studies

2006: Guest artist and workshop leader at DanzaCommun in Bogota, Colombia

2000 – 2005: Lecturer in Dance (.8), Laban. Subjects: Contemporary Dance Technique, Choreography, Choreological Studies, Teaching Dance Technique, Repertory, Collaborative Practices, dissertation/final project supervision

2000 – 2001: Artist in Residence at Haggerston School, Hackney; St. Paul’s Way Community School, Tower Hamlets; Park High School, Stanmore; Langdon School, East Ham. All residencies culminated in a performance of student work

1994 – 2000: Creative Dance and Contemporary Dance Technique Teacher (secondary level), Tasis England, Surrey

1994: Creative Dance Teacher (primary level), McGuffey Foundation School, Ohio, USA


Garrett Brown, N. and Meehan, E. (with Kipp, C. and Voris, A.) (forthcoming) ‘Moving and Mapping:

Exploring Embodied Approaches to Urban Design and Planning’ In Whybrow, N. (ed) Urban Sensographies, London: Routledge

Voris, A. (2019), ‘Forming and Returning: Dance-making with Authentic Movement’ [online] available from <>

Kramer, P. and Meehan, E. (with Martin, S. and Voris, A.) (2019) ‘About Adequacy: Making Body-based Artistic Research Public’ [online] available from <>

Bannon, F., Garrett Brown, N. and Voris, A. (2018) ‘Editorial – Pedagogy and Process, Somatic informed Education in a Postmodern Era’, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Volume 10.1, pp. 3-7

Cullinane, Garrett Brown, Kipp and Voris (2015), ‘At dusk, the collaborative spills and cycles of L219′ in Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World. Edited by Alexander, Garret Brown and Whatley. Devon: Triarchy Press, pp. 135-144

Garrett Brown, N. and Voris, A. (2016), ‘flock0mania 2: Women at Work’ [exhibition catalogue] Birmingham: Birmingham City University

Garrett Brown, N., Kipp, C. and Voris, A. (2015), ‘Dancing with dirt and wires; reconciling the embodied and the digital in site responsive collaborative practice’ In Causey, M., Meehan, E., O’Dwyer, N. (ed) Through the Virtual Toward the Real: The Performing Subject in the Spaces of Technology, UK: Palgrave Publishers, pp. 174-186

Garrett Brown, Kipp, Pollard and Voris (2011), ‘everything is at once: Reflections on embodied photography and collaborative process’, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Volume 3.1 & 3.2, pp. 74 – 84

Garrett, Lee, Pollard, and Voris (2010), ‘A gift of writing? Choreographer and writer collaborations in the university’, Research in Dance Education, Volume 11.2, pp. 143 – 160

PhD thesis

Voris, A. (2018) Forming, Returning and Deepening: Dance-making with the processual qualities of Authentic Movement. Unpublished PhD thesis. Chichester: University of Chichester (view PhD)

Selected professional development

2019 – 2022: External examiner for the BA in Dance and MA in Choreography at Leeds Beckett University

2011 – 2020: Editorial board Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

2020: Participant in the Creative Articulations Process training group with Jane Bacon and Vida Midgelow

Summer 2020: Assistant on IBMT workshops with Jane Okondo and Linda Hartley

2012 – 2015, 2017 – 2020: Participant in Authentic Movement Ongoing Study and Practice Group with Linda Hartley

2017 – 2018: Participant in the Artistic Doctorates in Europe project with gatherings in Nottingham, Venice, Stockholm and Chichester

2017 – 2018: Assistant on Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy programme

May 2017: Dialogues with Dancers (Resonance FM), in conversation with Mary Prestige

May 2017: Erasmus funded teaching exchange between Manchester Metropolitan University and Turku Academy of the Arts, Finland (with Anna Macdonald)

November 2015: Guest artist at Inquiring Bodies 3 curated by Cheshire Dance

2013 – 2015: Editorial assistant Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices

2008 – 2015: Founding member of Decoda, a curatorial project for experimental dance in Coventry, UK

Summer 2006: Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project in Findhorn, Scotland

Summer 2005: Skinner Releasing Intensive Summer School in Seattle, Washington