Dianne McIntyre is regarded as an artistic pioneer, with a career spanning five decades with choreography for dance, theatre, television, film and opera. A 2022 Dance Magazine Award Honoree, a 2023 Martha Hill Dance Fund Lifetime Achievement Awardee, 2020 United States Artists Doris Duke Fellow, and 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, her individualistic movement style reflects her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives and the boldness, nuances, discipline and freedom in live music and poetic text. She has choreographed scores of concert dances, four Broadway shows, two operas, 35 regional theatre productions, a London West End musical, three feature films, three television productions, stage movement for recording artists and created five original full-length dance dramas. Her company of dancers and musicians, Sounds in Motion toured extensively and her Harlem studio was a central hub of creative activity. World renowned dance companies have performed her work, such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, GroundWorks DanceTheater , Dancing Wheels, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as well as forty plus university ensembles and major dance festivals have commissioned her choreography and teaching residencies. She has taught at American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow where she is the co-director with Risa Steinberg of the Hicks Choreography Fellowship Program.
McIntyre’s other honors include the John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, American Dance Festival Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beineke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching and New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project Award, which help in developing her new work “In the Same Tongue” which premiered at Walker Art Center October 2023. A BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, her mentors include Elaine Gibbs Redmond and Gus Solomons Jr.
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