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Bridget L. Moore
A native of Dallas, Texas, Bridget L. Moore was most recently named the new Artistic Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She was a Visiting Professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea from 2014–2017, and was most recently invited to speak at the Korean International Symposium on Arts Education, diversity and cultural integration. Moore has obtained two creative arts degrees in dance from prestigious universities with innovative dance programs, earning a BFA from The Ohio State University and a MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Her accomplishments as a choreographer, dancer, and educator in the arts demonstrate her commitment to the dance continuum. She received 2016 choreographic commissions from Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Red Clay Dance Company and Ailey II. Moore most recently received a 2016 Princess Grace Professional Development Grant and in 2012, Moore received the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. She was commissioned to create a new work, and nominated for the coveted award by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Founder. Moore also received a 2012 Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship and was featured in the July 2012 Teacher’s Tool section of Dance Teacher Magazine.
Moore’s choreographic works provides both cultural and kinesthetic experiences rooted in African-American and contemporary dance aesthetic. Her use of gestures, images, and musicality provide a quality of expression, which she characterizes as lines of energy spinning and turning in and out of the floor. Her choreography is kinesthetically and technically challenging and, at times, period-specific integrating historical and cultural perspectives through research.
In 2012 she was commissioned as resident choreographer at University Texas at Dallas. An educator in the arts, Moore served as the Dance Director at Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts High School (2008–2011) and was on faculty at her alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she was also the Artistic Director of the World Dance Ensemble. (2011–2014)
These are major achievements along with her notable professional career as a dancer with Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE: A Dance Company, from 1999–2008. In addition, she was the first recipient of Project Next Generation, a commission to an emerging, female choreographer by Urban Bush Women Dance Company, as well as commissioned by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography to work with critically acclaimed Philadanco Dance Company in a creative residency. Moore co-directed This Woman’s Work with colleague Princess Mhoon Coooper, and was noted in Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch” in the field. Her work has been presented at City Center’s “Fall for Dance Festival,” Jacob’s Pillow “Inside/Out” Series, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Joyce Soho, Aaron Davis Hall, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Symphony Space, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Winspear Opera House, among others.
Photo by: Brian Guilliaux