Assistant Professor of Dance & Director of MFA in Dance
Contemporary Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Composition, Repertory, Choreography and Design, Scientific Foundations of Dance
Chris Aiken received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois in Urbana and his BA in English from Brandeis University. He is an internationally recognized teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Smith College and is the Director of the MFA program at Smith. Aiken has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, funding from the Jerome Foundation and commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival and the National Performance Network. He teaches and performs internationally on his own and with his collaborator Angie Hauser.
Aiken teaches improvisation, contact improvisation, contemporary dance technique and theory as well as the science of dance, somatics and choreography.