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Caroline Liviakis

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.

Liviakis currently serves as dance faculty at Napa Valley College in Napa and choreographs for its repertory company. 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 and demonstrated the facial work elements and philosophy behind her choreographic aesthetic. Liviakis is currently preparing for her evening-length debut at SAFEhouseArts in May 2018. She is also collaborating with video artist Gavin Impett on creating her first dance film. Her main goals as an artist and company director are innovating and expanding facial and theatrical work in dance, creating truly thought-provoking and logically founded work, and inspiring enthusiastic involvement in live dance performance from untapped audiences.