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Lyn 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.
Her path to academia has been by way of "the school without walls," choreographing and teaching until finally her reputation preceded her. As a professor of dance at the University of Texas at Austin, she is a dance educator, administrator, director and Fulbright Senior Scholar. Through her efforts, the first M.F.A. in Dance at UT was inaugurated in the department. Presently, she developed a dance education teaching certification program attached to the current B.F.A. in Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Her accomplishments include synchronizing a five year affiliation between the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Craft of Choreography Conference and later the Glenda Brown Choreography Project as one of the departments’ summer programs.
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.