“Ms. Liviakis is so in tune with modernism and is such a cosmopolitan creature.” (BayAreaDanceWatch)
THE EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Caroline Liviakis began her journey in dance 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 worked in a multitude of styles, training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, Irish, African, ballroom, 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. Originally she planned on leaving dance entirely to pursue a Ph.D in Philosophy, however the guidance of mentors and her own instinct told her, her dance career was far from over. She then went on to earn her M.F.A. in dance from Mills College in Oakland. The following year she embarked on the vision she had for herself in dance: starting her own dance company, with her sister and herself as the company’s first dancers. This was the beginning of CLDC.
Alongside her role at CLDC, Caroline also works as a dance educator having taught at: St. Mary’s College of California, Napa Valley College, College of Marin, and Mills College. She 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. She wants to embody a bold and new vision of an artistic director.