Aynsley Vandenbroucke is a choreographer, curator, and movement analyst. Called “gifted” by the New Yorker and “an elegant, sensitive thinker” by The New York Times, she has been creating dance in New York City since 2000. Her work has been performed throughout the city (at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project, CPR- Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, and Lincoln Center Institute’s Clark Studio Theater, among others) as well as in San Francisco and Brazil. Upcoming NYC performances include the premiere of a new evening-length work at The Chocolate Factory in May as well as short pieces for Dance at Roulette and the Yaddo studio crawl at NYLA.
Aynsley divides her time between NYC and the Catskill Mountains where she co-founded Mount Tremper Arts, a center for contemporary performance and visual art. There co-curates an internationally recognized festival and creates initiatives to support artists and welcome new audience members.
A Laban Movement Analyst, Aynsley was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for five years. She has also taught at Lehman College in the Bronx. She graduated in 1999 from North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied on scholarship and was nominated for the Princess Grace Award. Her previous studies included intensive ballet and contemporary dance training at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, The Ruth Page Foundation and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.
Aynsley's work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Yaddo, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Gibney Dance Center, among others. Her writing on dance has recently appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Movement Research Performance Journal, and The Performance Club.
Photos by Mathew Pokoik