Classical Ballet / Dancer
(founder) has had extensive training in improvisation and modern dance. Currently, Ms. Culbertson performs solo dance programs, conducts educational residencies and improvisation workshops. Her career began in 1987, receiving a Creative Artist Project Grant from the Missouri Arts Council. Two years later, Ms. Culbertson founded Atrek Contemporary Dance Theatre and has since developed over 30 dances for Atrek. She has also been guest choreographer for Dimensions Dance Company, COCA Dance, Saint Louis Academy of Dance, Ballet Conservatory of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Ballet. Most recently, Ms. Culbertson conceived, produced and directed In The Beginning There Was Dance, a collaborative effort that resulted in three world choreographic premieres. Most notable in this evening length work, Of the Fruit Thereof, incorporated dance, film, and live vocal music into a suite of dances about the role of Eve in the Garden of Eden and its correlation to the role of women in contemporary society. Ms. Culbertson’s work has received grant support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission of Saint Louis, the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis, and the Whitaker and Gateway Foundations.
- aTrek Dance Collective