Amy Smith, is co-director of Headlong Dance Theater. After college, she spent a year at the Center for New Dance Development in Holland, where she soaked up European New Dance and learned from incredible people like Stephanie Skura, Ishmael Houston Jones and Steve Paxton. Other important teachers/mentors include Cynthia Novack and Richard Bull, Susan Foster, Deborah Hay, and Ann Trenka. Besides Headlong, Amy has performed in the work of Deborah Hay (lamb, lamb, lamb…), Ishmael Houston Jones (Specimens), and many others and was Ivona in Theater Exile’s 2002 production of Princess Ivona. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Dance/USA board of Trustees and helped create Dance/USA Philadelphia, a local service organization for Philadelphia.
Smith noted that Alfred University’s Dance Program is one of the most successful she’s encountered because of how clearly well-integrated it is with larger University context, including the specific capabilities of the student population.
Amy Smith came to AU for a one-week residency during which she guest-taught all dance classes in addition to one master class, covering subject areas ranging from dance technique, to composition, site-specific performance, dance history and improvisation.