What’s Next for Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Associate Director of the School of Dance?

This month we announce the bittersweet departure of our beloved Eleanor “Ellie” Goudie-Averill, as she moves to New York City to begin the next exciting phase in her career as a dance educator at the prolific Little Red School House in the West Village.


A graduate of the University of Iowa in 2007 with her MFA in Dance Performance, Ellie perfectly blends her passions for dance, movement, and education to produce a visual movement pedagogy that is all her own. Since 2007, she has co-directed the Stone Depot Dance Lab and her choreography has been shown in NYC, Philadelphia, and throughout the Midwest at venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Church, the A.W.A.R.D. Show, and the Folly Theater. She has danced in works by José Limón, Bill Young, Susan Rethorst and Lucinda Childs. Ellie returned to the Midwest from Philadelphia, where she performed extensively with Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater, MacArthur Dance Project and SCRAP Performance Group, and taught for four years at Temple University. In addition to a new collaborative dance project with Beau Hancock of Temple University, Ellie continues to perform with Tori Lawrence + Co and has a new dance film in the works inspired by their recent time at the the prestigious Djerassi Resident Arts Program in California.

Ellie Goudie-Averill performs with Beau Hancock

Ellie has longstanding ties to the Lawrence dance community, but many in our School of Dance family most recently remember her as the 2015-16 School of Dance Artist-In-Residence, their Modern or Preschool Dance instructor, their choreographer for two back to back Modern/Contemporary shows (2016’s Anansi the Spider and this year’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters), and as a fellow staff member and friend. We thank you, Ellie, for the enormous impact you have had on our students, our program, and the Lawrence Arts Center as a whole. We know you are venturing forward into great experiences and opportunities, and we hope that you will keep the memories made here close to you. On behalf of the entire School of Dance family and Lawrence Arts Center staff —

Thank you, Ellie!


Image courtesy of Tori Lawrence + Co.