Autumn Eckman (Atlanta, GA) received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy. As a member of the Cambrians, Autumn is a performer, choreographer and intensive instructor. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. With over 20 years of experience in diverse movement techniques and practices, she has formulated an integrated approach to her own ways of dance making, performance and teaching. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams- Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Her work has been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, Midwest RAD Festival, Florida Dance Festival and Kalamazoo Michigan’s Aesthetic Research and Education Program (KRESA). Her work has earned her recognition as a ‘Top Player in the Arts’ by Chicago’s NewCity Publication, a ‘Top 10 Choreographer’ in the Chicago Tribune and an awardee of ‘New Choreographic Voice for Dance Chicago. From 2009-2015, she was an Instructor of Dance at Northern Illinois University and has been a faculty member of Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, Florida Dance Festival, Summer Dance Lab (Walla Walla, WA) and the Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers and Professional Division. Autumn is an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa’s MFA in Choreography Track program. Upon graduation in May of 2017, she looks forward to the next step in her career as a teacher and mentor to the next generation of dance artists.