Adrianna Thompson

Director of Dance Programming

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Adrianna Thompson is AFF's Director of Dance Programming and is the Founder/Artistic Director of San Francisco based dance company SOULSKIN Dance.

ADRIANNA THOMPSON is the Founder/Artistic Director of San Francisco based dance company SOULSKIN Dance and director of dance programming for the Aspen Fringe Festival.

SOULSKIN has premiered works at Dance Mission, PUSHFest, SjDANCEco, Mark Foehringer Dance Project (Dancing in the Park SF), Santa Barbara HH11 Dance Festival, and was presented twice at the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Fringe Festival.

She received a BFA in Dance from Cal State Long Beach and danced professionally in New York City for over 15 years with Battery Dance Co, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Co, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, and worked with Bella Lewitzky, Milton Myers, Jonathan Wolken, Brenda Daniels, Risa Steinberg, and Mary Jane Eisenberg.

As Artistic Director of MEFTAS Dance Theatre in New York City for 10 years, Adrianna’s choreography was presented at Joyce SoHo, the Cunningham Studio, The Riverside Theatre, Mulberry Street Theater, the Downtown Arts Festival, Trisha Brown Studios, Movement Research, Theater for the New City, Dance Space, and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

Thompson was awarded Performance of the Year by the Boston Globe and was on faculty for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for ten years, and guest faculty for Alonzo King LINES Ballet. A Specialized Master Teacher in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, she has been practicing the method for over 28 years. Adrianna was commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum in 2016 to create a site-specific work for SOULSKIN as part of the museum’s Alan Shields exhibit, as well as a residency as a part of an outreach program for children in 2017.

In April 2019 SOULSKIN Dance premiered Parallel Dialogues at the Boulder Dairy Arts Center and has partnered with Glide Memorial Church to provide dance classes to underprivileged youth in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. In Sept, 2019 SOULSKIN premiered a new ballet entitled Golden Mean to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Art Movement at Dance Mission.

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