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 with The Franklin Method somatic education. She crafts her choreography to research the human experience, specifically learned human behavior and its effects on locality, collaboration and association. She recently presented her choreography in various festivals including the American Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, WAXworks in Brooklyn, North Carolina Dance Festival, and the National College Dance Association Conference at the Kennedy center. This past academic year, she enjoyed guest residencies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina State University, The Dance Project: The School at City Arts, Arts Together, the Southeast Regional Ballet Association (SERBA), and led workshops at the American College Dance Association Conference at West Virginia University. She will be spending the summer of 2016 researching contemporary dance trends in choreography at the Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob’s Pillow, Vancouver, Canada, and the American Dance Festival.
Aumiller teaches Modern III-VI, Choreography I, Contact Improvisation, Special Topics, Senior Seminar II, Dance Ensemble, and Yoga 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, RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances. 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 “Blood Moon” as a part of the 2016-17 North Carolina Dance Festival tour. She previously presented “Acquiring Dawn” as a part of the American Dance Festival’s Here and Now performance series, and created 3 self-produced evening length concerts that premiered in a traditional theater, music hall, and an old Tobacco warehouse. Aumiller is currently exploring the integration of the Franklin Method technique into her movement invention for her next choreography project. This evening length dance will premiere in the summer of 2017.
Aumiller has received several grants and fellowships to support her artistic and scholarly research. She has received an Elon Faculty Research and Development Grant to pursue her scholastic research in choreographic development, a New Faculty Summer Fellowship to earn her Franklin Method Level 1 teaching certification, and a 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 the prestigious Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Grant through the Durham Arts Council, a mini-grant to pursue her BMC studies from the North Carolina Dance Alliance, with whom she received the 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. Most recently, Aumiller performed for VECTOR, The Kearns Dance Project, and The Bipeds. She is a founding member/performer of the Department of Improvised Dance, 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. Aumiller is a currently performer for Gerri Houlihan.
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 is a certified Franklin Method educator and teaches regularly weekly classes for professionals at the Samuel H. Scripps ADF Studios in Durham, NC.