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Assistant Professor: Dance and Technology
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Website: https://www.taraleeburns.com

Tara Lee Burns comes from a varied dance history of live performance, projection design, and digital making having worked as both a professional dancer/performer and digital collaborator with many NYC & New England dance theater companies and independent artists including Adele Myers, Norah Zuniga Shaw, Marjani Forte, Alex Oliszewski, and Alexandra Beller among many others. Her performance experiences and influences cross international waters from the American Dance Festival, NC to the Hellerau International Festival CyNet Arts in Germany and are infused with performative somatics and technology integration evidenced by her practice research, MFA in Dance with an Interdisciplinary Specialization from The Ohio State University (2021), MA in Digital Performance from The University of Hull, UK (2006), and BFA in Dance from the University of Florida (2003). She has created live and digital works for proscenium, black box, installation, device, and hybrid technologies with dancers, iPad and smart phones, bags of topsoil, film, 60-foot strings of elastic, projection, parachute cord, VR-headsets, and virtual objects evidenced by her residency with The National Center for Choreography, a Live-streamed Virtual Reality performance at the Movement and Computing Conference, and residency with Snap Inc’s Augmented Reality Spectacles Creator Program. www.taraleeburns.com

Additionally, she toured extensively with Adele Myers and Dancers for 11 years. Some performance highlights with AMD include The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard; The Flynn, VT; Jacob’s Pillow, MA; Judson Church, NYC; Institute of Contemporary Art/ICA, Boston; Vermont Performance Lab; Bates Dance Festival, ME; St. Marks’ Church, NYC; Opera House Arts, ME; and Skirball, NYC. 

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