Alumnae/i Profile

Alyce Finwall

Alyce Finwall Alyce Finwall has been making dances since 1994, developing a uniquely creative and theatrical style, noted for having an “impressive and accomplished choreographic symphony” by the SF Examiner and a “fierce fluidity in performance and a brooding surrealism in the choreography” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She started AFDT in 1999 and has produced over thirty-five original works in this fourteen-year history and has had the great pleasure of collaborating with many diverse artists on works for both stage and film. 

Alyce’s wide ranging dance career began after a brief hiatus from dance to study art (with a focus on painting and printmaking) and communications theory at Hamline University. She has danced professionally with the Minneapolis based avant-garde company, Ballet of the Dolls, where she performed in over 20 original ballets in her six years with the company and was its first ever guest choreographer. She has also danced with Rincones & Company in Washington, DC and has studied with the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden (under invitation from artistic director Lena Wennergren-Juras), the Cunningham Dance Company (under scholarship) and with many teachers of ballet and contemporary techniques in NYC, Minneapolis, DC and San Francisco.

Her work has been presented at such venues as PS 122, The Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y on 42nd Street, Cunningham Theater, White Wave Theater, The Cowell Theater, The Southern Theater, ODC Theater, The Garage Theater and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and American Dance Festival. She is the recipient of a McKnight Choreographic Fellowship, has continued support from the Jerome Foundation, as well as awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Alyce has also taught and choreographed for college and pre-professional programs such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Radford University, Cedar Crest College, Mission College and Mills College. She has an MFA in choreography from Mills College where she was awarded the Liatis Foundation Award. She is the proud mother of two daughters.

What about your Mills experience have you continued to benefit from since graduating?

I met so many wonderfully talented people at Mills. I continue to collaborate with artists from both the dance and music departments in my professional work for stage. 

How has dance helped shape your current work or passions?

Well, dance has always been my passion, and it is currently my work. It is ingrained in everything I do really.

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Last Updated: 3/15/18