I dance because I am inspired to move, but I create dance because I am inspired to move people.
My impulses to create grow out of ideas about human connections, everyday life, interactivity, and commonalities among strangers. I feel an urge to create and offer performance-based experiences that foster community, that ask questions, and that bring the subtleties of life into the forefront. Collaboration is crucial in my creative process, and I often seek out opportunities to work with composers, sound designers, and installation artists in my work. In my choreography, I am excited by the possibilities of people moving through space, and dance moving through their bodies. I like to see the hard work and the intense focus that comes with problem solving in both spontaneous composition and choreography.
Thanks for being here,
A Michigan native, Lily Sloan received her M.F.A. in dance at Texas Woman’s University with the Outstanding Graduate Student award. Currently, she is a Co-Director of Big Rig Dance Collective and an Adjunct Professor at Texas Christian University and Texas Woman’s University, all while living in Denton, TX with her husband and son. She has performed and/or presented work across the United States and in Mexico, as well as in Italy, where she was a guest artist in site-specific dance at La Bella Vita Arts Workshops. She has performed works by choreographers such as Amii Legendre, Rebecca Bryant, Mark Dendy, Jordan Fuchs, and Sarah Gamblin. Simple Sparrow Dance Company, Flatlands Dance Theatre, and Texas Christian University have commissioned Lily’s choreography and her writing on site-specific dance has been published in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship. Lily sees dance making and performing as unique opportunities to problem solve in a physical and spontaneous way. She strives to continue exploring, performing, and creating innovative performances, often combining her interests in improvisation and site-based work.