Nicola Bullock is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and producer living in Durham, NC. Originally from Chapel Hill, Nicola moved to New York City for college (Barnard University '05) and remained in the city until she remembered how much better the weather is in NC. Since returning to the area in 2009, Nicola has collaborated with many local dance and theater groups, including RAD, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, VECTOR, Torry Bend, Delta Boys, Urban Garden Performing Arts, No Forwarding Address, and as a backup dancer for AnnMarie Fox. She has taught dance and movement at Peace University, the NC Theatre Conservatory, and City Ballet, among others.
For more about Nicola, check out her website at http://www.nicolabullock.com.
Lightsey Darst is a writer and critic based in Durham. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Lightsey spent nine years covering dance in Minneapolis before moving to Durham in 2013. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for both literature and dance criticism, as well as a Minnesota Book Award. Her books of poetry are Find the Girl and DANCE (2010 and 2013, both from Coffee House Press). Her criticism is online at mnartists.org, walkerart.org, The Huffington Post, and Bookslut.
Allie Pfeffer is a North Carolina native who relocated back to the state 2 years ago from New York. After receiving her BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she performed with RedCurrant Collective, Wen-Jen Huang, and Alisa Fendley's Fingerprints Project. Her approach to movement is informed by anatomical structures and seeks to extend the the limits of what we think we're capable of doing. In addition to performing, she worked as an arts administrator with Gibney Dance for 2+ years, coordinating, scheduling, and curating programs. She has recently been performing for Gerri Houlihan and will begin teaching at Ninth Street Dance in the spring.
Justin Tornow is an NC native currently living in Durham, NC. She is the artistic director of COMPANY and a producer of the local artist series PROMPTS. Justins presents work regularly in North Carolina, New York, and Philadelphia, and recently toured new works internationally with COMPANY in France and Italy. She has ongoing collaborative projects with MW Duo (saxophonist Matthew McClure, and electonic musician and composer Lee Weisert) and visual artist Heather Gordon. In 2010, Justin received an MFA in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro, lived and worked in NYC until 2013, when she moved to Durham, NC. Justin is currently a studio teaching artist at UNC-Greensboro and Elon University. www.justintornow.com
Leah Wilks is a Durham-based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She currently teaches at 9th St. Dance, Carolina Friends School, NC State University, and the American Dance Festival. Recently, she has performed as a part of Shaleigh Dance Works, Gaspard&Dancers, Nicola Bullock and the People, RAD, and the Dept. of Improvised Dance. Leah runs her own multi-media dance company VECTOR (inthevector.com) with visual artist extraordinaire Jon Haas. Since moving back to Durham in 2011, Leah has been an active organizer of the Durham dance scene, and is excited to continue doing this work with DIDA.
Alyssa Noble is a modern dancer and dance writer from Chicago, Illinois. While earning degrees in Dance and Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alyssa worked as a freelance writer for Dance Teacher magazine and Dance Studio Life magazine. In 2011, Alyssa joined the Triangle dance community, and has since performed with VECTOR, RAD and The Bipeds Dance Company, in addition to serving as a panelist/commissioned choreographer for Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Alyssa is thrilled to continue to deepen her involvement with the Triangle dance community as a member of the DIDA team.