“Ms. Liviakis is so in tune with modernism and is such a cosmopolitan creature.” (BayAreaDanceWatch)
THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Caroline Liviakis’ devotion to dance began at an early age through involvement in multi-generational, community-based musical theater. With a natural proclivity for movement, she was cast in several featured dance roles and soon became fascinated with mastering the art form. Since then, she has trained for 15 years in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, Irish, African, and modern dance.
Liviakis began her pre-professional training at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earning a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Philosophy. She then earned her M.F.A. in dance from Mills College in Oakland. She focused her studies on intertwining philosophy and movement. She learned to use the principles of logic as a choreographic foundation by developing a meaningful structure and thematic through-line for each work. She also learned to merge the intense commerciality of the Los Angeles dance scene with the concert-based vibe of the San Francisco dance scene.
Caroline works as a dance educator, on top of her roles as artistic director, choreographer, and dancer. Liviakis has taught at Napa Valley College, College of Marin, and Mills College. She recently served as the guest choreographic artist for Skyline College’s Spring 2018 semester. She was a featured speaker for the 2017 25 Points of View: a peek into dance-making at the Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley where she presented the philosophy behind the facial work elements in her choreographic aesthetic.
Her main goals as an artist and company director are innovating and expanding facial and theatrical work in technical and athletic dance, creating truly thought-provoking and logically founded work, and inspiring enthusiastic involvement in live dance performance from untapped audiences.