Banning Bouldin is a Juilliard trained dancer, emerging choreographer, and the founder of New Dialect, a contemporary dance company that offers professional dance training, children’s educational classes, and community workshops to the public.
Bouldin is a Nashville native who received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the next eight years working internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers: The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Hubbard Street 2, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Aszure Barton and Artists, Wen Wei Wang, and others.
Bouldin has taught master classes in the US, Canada, and Europe and has performed worldwide. She has been featured in four films as well as in articles in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and Dance Spirit.
In 2007 she began to develop and teach her own syllabus in Paris at the Theatre de la Danse and Studio Harmonic. That same year she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based both in Portland, Oregon and Goteborg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010..
In the Fall of 2010, Bouldin returned to Nashville, where she was engaged as a contemporary dance instructor and guest choreographer for the School of Nashville Ballet and Vanderbilt University. She has since been commissioned to create work for the Nashville Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal.
Bouldin formed New Dialect in 2012 in response to Nashville’s need for a contemporary dance company that would allow dancers, teaching artists, choreographers, and audiences the opportunity to explore the wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of 21st Century dance.
Modeled after Juilliard, New Dialect is an artistic training and research lab where dance artists are given "tools not rules.” Dancers emerge from New Dialect with the confidence and capacity to interpret a broad range of choreographic voices and the ability to inspire audiences with skill and authenticity.
In 2014, New Dialect was named Nashville’s both Best New Dance Company and Best Alternative Fitness Class by the Nashville Scene. Bouldin, herself, was honored with the Tennessee Dance Association’s Margaret Martin Award for her outstanding contributions to further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee.
New Dialect is dedicated to the artistic development of today’s dancers, teaching artists, and choreographers. The company’s goal is to raise awareness of contemporary dance by enriching communities with high-quality workshops and performances that connect people of all social backgrounds, cultures, and generations more deeply with themselves and each other.
“I am very happy to have Banning Bouldin back in Nashville developing New Dialect. Banning is an amazing artist and New Dialect promises to be a wonderful addition to the fabric of dance in Nashville. We are very lucky to have such terrific creativity here, helping to build a broader audience for dance in our community.”
Artistic Director & CEO
“Banning Bouldin is an artist of the rarest quality. Every choice is dictated by deep, personal authenticity and integrity. The fire of her intensity leaves no dross.”
The Hartt School
“Banning Bouldin has a deep passion for dance as an art from and has the ability to assess and re-assess how that form is articulated within her personal practice, the practice of others, and within the community at large. I hope that she will continue to have opportunities to positively influence others as she has influenced me.”
Milvus Artistic Research Cntr