Christian Burns is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. His choreographic platform burnsWORK (SF, CA) serves as a framework for training and performance projects relating to the intersection of improvisation, choreography and performance practice.
Burns began teaching when he was sixteen years old and has been a full time educator for over fifteen years. He is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and an Adjunct Instructor for Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University. Burns teaches ballet technique, improvisation and composition.
Burns has been commissioned by several educational programs such as Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Laban Center in London, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and BFA program.
Between 2003 – 2008 Burns co-taught (with esteemed improviser Kirstie Simson) over sixty Contact Improvisation and Performance Improvisation workshops for independent studios, colleges and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan.
His choreographic work has been presented in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, Counter Pulse, The Garage, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. As well, in Minneapolis, New York City, Ann Arbor, Santa Fe, Western Massachusetts, as well as Germany, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.
Burns is a recipient of the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME, as a mentor), Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, the National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, the Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera (from the Moving Pictures Festival in Toronto), McKnight Artist Fellowship. Christian is a contributing author for When Men Dance, Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, Edited by Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay, Oxford University Press 2009 and has self published Motion and Process: knowing not knowing, ideas on dance 2006-08.
Burns was a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and a company member of Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet and James Sewell Ballet. He has performed with internationally acclaimed improvisers; Kirstie Simson, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Michael Schumacher and Katie Duck among others. Burns completed his formal training at The School of American Ballet.
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