Janice Lancaster is a dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. Her projects are a nexus for collaboration, research, and the generation of work that expands how and where dance is shared. She is inspired by dance’s power to both commune with the unknown and serve as a cultural artifact revealing performative perceptual modes.
She has received commissions through Hubbard St. 2, VIA Dance Collaborative, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Bard Music Festival, Bessie Schönberg Choreographer’s Residency on the Yard, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Moog Music, and The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.
While continuing to make and share her own work, Janice has had the pleasure of performing with Shen Wei Dance Arts since 2005, and has also worked on projects with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera Omaha, Kristin Clotfelter/Studio C Projects, Kira Blazek Ziaii, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Danielle Russo, Rodger Belman, Lauri Stalling’s gloATL, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Satoshi Haga, Abby Chan and Boi Sakti. She has collaborated on improvisational work with Lance Gries, Renee Archibald, Miguel Gutierrez, KJ Holmes, Ray Eliot Schwartz, and many ad hoc performance groups.
Her work has been presented in New York City at Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Galapagos Art Space’s FRAMEWORKS Film Series, Joyce Soho Presents, Dixon Place’s Underexposed Series, Movement Research’s Open Performance, One Arm Red, and elsewhere: The American Dance Festival Draftworks and MFA Concert (Durham, NC), the Chisenhale Dance Space’s TV Dinners Festival (London), WUK Association for the Creation of Open Culture and Workshop Houses (Vienna), CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Performática (Puebla/Cholula, Mexico); The Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA), The McCallum Theatre (Palm Desert, CA); The Casa Hoffman (Curitiba, Brazil); and The Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Honolulu, HI).
She has recently completed Gibney Dance’s Institute for Community Action Training (ICAT) and Domestic Violence Movement Workshop, and Lincoln Center’s Summer Forum Teaching Artist Development Lab: Aesthetic Education Immersion. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University/American Dance Festival, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of NC School of the Arts, and is a certified Hatha and Restorative yoga teacher.