Carla Rudiger is a former Kilgore College Rangerette and a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance from Meadows School of the Arts. After college, Carla headed to NYC where she danced as a contemporary dancer for, among others Kevin Wynn, Bill Young, Pat Graney, and Donna Uchizono. She has performed repeatedly in Europe, South America, Asia and New York City. Her relationship to the work and to each choreographer was extremely collaborative and feels she was an integral part of each artistic process. Her own work has been shown in NYC at 100 Grand, Dancespace, and The Joyce Soho. Two years ago Carla had the rare opportunity to perform with Baryshnikov in the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon via Donna Uchizono. Fourteen years later after many rehearsals and many stages she has returned to Texas. Carla currently resides in Dallas and is a full time yoga instructor.
A Michigan native, Lily received her M.F.A. in dance at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) with the Outstanding Graduate Student award. She served as the Publicity Coordinator for the dance department and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, teaching improvisation and advanced contemporary technique. Lily also graduated from the Oakland University Honors College with the Undergraduate Distinguished Scholar Award, the sole recipient in my graduating class.
Lily is a cofounder of Big Rig Dance Collective, a group of dance artists working to build artistic communities throughout Texas. With colleague Bethany Nelson, she was a co-artistic director of the Kinetic Artists Collective (KAC), and co-produced a site-specific, multimedia performance, called Complex Environments: This is not a bar. As a student and an independent artist, Lily has performed and presented work in Michigan, Texas, Italy, and Mexico. Most recently, she performed in a new site-specific work by Mark Dendy at the American Dance Festival and with José Zamora at the Performática festival in Puebla, Mexico. Lily is a member of DanceLab, a group that creates performances for alternative local venues and the TWU dance concert series, collaborates with musicians, performs outreach activities, and hosts a weekly dance improvisation jam.