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Lyn C. Wiltshire
All levels of Contemporary and Ballet; all sequences of Composition and Choreography; Advanced Projects in Dance Performance and Repertory; Dance Pedagogy and Topics in Dance Technique
Describe your most memorable experience(s) while teaching at Theatre and Dance:
The realization of a long time vision for the Dance Area with the inauguration of the first M.F.A. in Dance the department; and the coordination and implementation of dancers traveling abroad to perform in the Tanzsommer International Dance Festival.
Favorite things about Austin:
You can be near “water” quite easily; and you can eat at a different restaurant almost everyday for a year before repeating.
The biggest risk you have taken to date:
To move away from New York City.
Something about yourself that we wouldn't know from reading your professional biography:
My other love besides dance is art. I love to draw. My medium is pointilism — the technique of representing the shadows and highlights of a picture using dots. My colors of choice are black and white. Technology is so sophisticated I am able to begin investigating the technique with the computer.
Lyn C. Wiltshire’s dance movement foundation is rooted in professional training with world-renowned choreographers and directors: Arthur Mitchell, Jose Limon, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. She has performed and toured with many notable directors and dance companies, including the Dance Theatre of Harlem and internationally with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. To her credit she has performed in film, television and with symphony orchestras around the country.
Beyond her work at UT, Lyn travels regularly as a master teacher and has presented lectures in London, Portugal, Taiwan, all over the U.S. and Hawaii. She is part of the network of International faculty for Salzburg International Ballet Academy (SIBA) and European Dance Arts Salzburg (EDAS).
As a choreographer without a company and a freelance creative artist her work is accessible. Her award winning choreography has been commissioned by companies in Texas, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and California and through this network presented to Canadian, European and audiences in the Middle East. Lyn has directed and choreographed for the UT performing ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre premiering her work in Austria at the Tanzsommer International Dance Festival. She is the recipient of awards and masters fellowships for Choreography, is on the registry of the National Choreography Plan and with her choreography represented the Mid-States Region of Regional Dance America at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition. In addition, she has served on the Dance Advisory Panel for the Indiana Art’s Commission, Louisiana Division of the Arts and adjudicates regional dance companies throughout the U.S and Canada. She is an evaluator of dance program in higher education and is the UT institutional representative for the National Association of Schools of Dance.