Xan Burley + Alex Springer have been collaborating as performers, choreographers, teachers, and arts administrators since 2008. Their work has been presented by Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out; Center for Performance Research; Danspace Project’s DraftWork series; Movement Research at the Judson Church; Brooklyn Arts Exchange; DanceNOW Joe’s Pub Festival; and the 92Y, among others, and will be presented at the American Dance Festival this June. The dup were members of Doug Varone and Dancers until 2017 and have performed extensively with other artists in NYC and elsewhere. They have taught classes and created work for many university dance departments, youth programs, and professional companies, most recently for Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis, MN, and were guest faculty at Purchase College from 2014-2017. In addition, Xan was on faculty as the teen modern instructor at the 92Y from 2011-15 and has held teaching positions at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora Dance, Pave Academy, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp. Alex taught for the 92Y Summer Teen Intensive in 2011 and was on faculty at Bates Dance Festival in 2013 and 2016. Both teach frequently in the city at Gibney. They were honored to receive the 2015 Emerging Artist Award from their alma mater, the University of Michigan. This spring, the two are teaching as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Maryland and caring for their baby boy, Jasper.
Why did you choose to work at Usdan?
Summer programs were some of the most formative experiences for us. We look forward to sharing our love of dance with the future generation.