Eleanor Smith

Undergraduate Discipline


Since 2006, Molly Lieber and I have collaborated somatically to create feminist statements that strive to break down heteropatriarchal racism and sexism through abstract dances that denounce the hypersexualization of the white ciswoman and speak out through her. Our non-hierarchical methodology processes content by filtering information between us; feelings are recognized and recreated physically through energetic transference and psychoanalytically through communication and mirroring. Our eight collaborations premiered in NYC, where we are committed to building sustainability for artists and directly serving marginalized families through lactation work, reproductive justice, and somatic improvisation workshops. Works: Zero Station (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2023; Gloria rehearsal (excerpt) LIVE, Jane Hotel, 2022; Gloria rehearsal (excerpt), Baryshnikov Arts Center, 2022; Gloria, Abrons Arts Center, 2021, and New York Live Arts, 2022; Body Comes Apart, New York Live Arts, 2019 and 2020, archived in The New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division; Basketball, PS 122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center; Rude World, PS 122 and The Chocolate Factory Theater; Tulip, Roulette, 2013, Danspace Project, 2012; Beautiful Bone, The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2012. Residencies/Awards: 2023/2024 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Award, 2021/2022 Artists in Residence at Movement Research, 2021 Jerome Hill Fellowship Finalists, 2020/2021 Jerome Foundation AIRSpace Residency at Abrons Art Center, 2019 FCA Emergency Grant, 2019 BACSpace Residency at Baryshnikov Art Center, 2018 Family Residency at Mt. Tremper Arts, 2018 Bessie Schonberg Fellows at The Yard, 2018 DiP Artists at Gibney, Featured in The New York Times “Best Dance of 2017,” 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Performance (Molly Lieber), 2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency, 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Nomination Emerging Choreographer, 2013 NYFA Fellow Finalist Award. We have had the pleasure of teaching at Connecticut College (2015), Sarah Lawrence College (2018), The New School (2019), and Pratt Institute (2023). SLC, 2023–

Previous Courses


Performance Project


Performance Project is a component in which a visiting artist or company is invited to create a work with students or to set an existing piece of choreography. The works are performed for the College community at the end of the semester.


MFA Dance

Rotating Guest Artist Lab

Graduate Seminar—Fall and Spring

This course is an experimental laboratory that aims to expose students to a diverse set of current voices and approaches to contemporary dance making. Each guest artist will lead a module of between three and seven class sessions. These mini-workshops will introduce students to that artist and to his/her creative process. Guests will represent emergent, as well as established, practices.