Kristi Spessard

 Kristi Spessard

Kristi Spessard is a New York-based performer and the Artistic Director of Kristi Spessard Dance Projects. KSDP is an experimental dance group with an interest in challenging audience expectations. Their projects celebrate a large creative footprint and have related a forgotten floral language to audiences at TorNaDa Theater; detained window watchers on 42nd street; raised suspicion amongst police in Berlin’s Teirgarten; enticed partiers at Center for Architecture – NY; and woven word and imagery for theater and opera audiences alike. Spessard’s entrance into dance was marked by national recognition. She is the recipient of an NEA/NALAA Arts Corp Fellowship, two North Carolina Dance Alliance Scholarship and an American College Dance Festival Scholars Award. Over the years her work has received funding the Jerome Foundation and the New York Department of Culture (through Mabou Mines), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Field, SUNY Purchase Space Grant and many private foundations and individual donors. Kristi has a BA in Dance & BS in Biology from Mary Washington University, a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and is a Laban Certified Movement Analyst. More info available at:

Spessard performed five incredibly passionate and difficult solos in the Fosdick-Nelson for As the Air Moves Back From You.  After witnessing her solo, a dance scholar wrote, “A deeply committed and dynamic performer, Spessard’s quality of tenderness dissolves into a powerful rage.”


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