Renay Aumiller is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University. She is an artist and scholar specializing in contemporary modern dance technique and the creative process. Her research interests explore the intersection of technical vocabularies, performance, and movement invention to Body, Mind, Centering techniques. She crafts her choreography to research the human experience, specifically learned human behavior and its effects on locality, collaboration and association. She restaged her most recent work, “Acquiring Dawn” on graduate students at UNCG, which was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC in June of 2013 as a part of the National College Dance Festival. This past academic year, she enjoyed guest residencies at North Carolina State University, UNC Charlotte, Northern Guilford High School, Governor’s School West, and led workshops at the American College Dance Festival at Georgia College. She will be spending the summer of 2014 working towards her Body, Mind, Centering Somatic Movement Educator certification.
Aumiller teaches Modern III-VI, Choreography I, Contact Improvisation, Special Topics, Global Studies, and Somatic Theories I in the Elon dance program. Before coming to Elon, Aumiller was an adjunct professor at UNC-Greensboro and Meredith College between 2010-2-14 and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at Beloit College from 2009-2010.
She continues researching the creative process through her dance company, Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD). With this company, she choreographs dances for concert stages and alternative venues that have been presented in New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and across the state of North Carolina. RAD has gained momentum locally and regionally since its inception in 2010. RAD will perform “Acquiring Dawn” as a part of the American Dance Festival’s Here and Now performance series in the summer of 2014. She was a touring artist of the NC Dance Festival where she presented her dance, “Left and Leaving” in five cities throughout North Carolina. Aumiller is currently exploring Freudian theories of defense mechanisms in relation to choreographic structures and movement invention. This evening length dance will premiere in the summer of 2015
Aumiller has received several grants and fellowships to support her artistic and scholarly research. She has received a Elon CATL travel grant in 2013 and 2014 to support her attendance at the American College Dance Festival and to participate in Body, Mind, Centering (BMC) Somatic Movement Educator certification workshops, respectively. She has received a mini-grant to pursue her BMC studies from the North Carolina Dance Alliance, with whom she received the 2011 North Carolina Choreography Fellowship.
Past professional performance experiences include working with (inter)nationally renowned artists, Renée Wadleigh, Tere O’Connor, Christian Von Howard, Linda Lehovec, as well as and Chicago- based contemporary companies, The Dance Team and Thread Meddle Outfit. She is a founding member/performer of the Durham Improvised Dance Collective (DID), which is a quartet collective that performs improvised scores that vary in dimension and tone. Aumiller toured Taiwan, Cambodia, and Italy with internationally acclaimed improvisation master, Kirstie Simson. She is a current member of The Kearns Dance Project.
Aumiller's education includes earning an MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Dance Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches regularly weekly classes for professionals at the Samuel H. Scripps ADF Studios in Durham, NC.