MANCC resident, New York Choreographer, and veteran member of Tere O’Connor Dance, Heather Olson was recently interviewed for a piece in dancemagazine.com about balancing motherhood and her career; “Pitter-Patter in the Studio”.
Heather Olson is one of the collaborators in residence and will be performing in Tere O’Connor’s Bleed as a part of Seven Days of Opening Nights.
Heather Olson (perfomer)is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City since 1997. Her choreography has been has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory (Shy showoff – 2011), the Olgas Zitluhinas Dejas Kompanija in Riga, Latvia (Your Experience Here – 2010), Sugar Salon (in the river – 2009), and Dance Theater Workshop (Curious awake not possible – 2008). Her work has also been presented by Aunts, Danspace Project, Galapagos Art Space, La Mama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Catch!, Solonova Arts Festival (at P.S. 122), the International Computer Music Conference, Gorillafest and LIT at 100 Grand, and Creature Feature in Berlin, Germany. She was the recipient of a 2011 BAX Space Grant and was one of three artists selected for the 2008/2009 Sugar Salon; a creative residency, performance, and mentoring program created by Wax in partnership with the Barnard College Dance Department of Colombia University. As a performer, Olson has worked with Tere O’Connor Dance since 1997 and appeared in nine works with the company. She also served as rehearsal director for Day, a solo O’Connor created for Jean Butler. Olson worked closely with Yanira Castro + Company (renamed: acanarytorsi) from 2000 – 2009, appearing in seven dance-installations and has also appeared in the work of Jennifer Allen, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Levi Gonzalez, Stacy Grossfield, Ashley Smith Steele (Red Dive), and Larissa Velez-Jackson. Olson has received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), one for her performance in Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest, and the other for her body of work with Tere O’Connor.
The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.