Felicia Norton in ‘NOOR’ Photo: Eve Cuyen
Felicia Norton is a contemporary dancer of international recognition who has toured her solo dance repertory throughout the US, Canada, Central America, Europe and Asia with works created for her by several dance luminaries including Tamar Rogoff, Mark Dendy, Alison Chase, Zvi Gotheiner, Molissa Fenley, Lynne Taylor Corbett among others. She has received such accolades as:
“…an extraordinary dancer” ~ The New York Times
“…the single best dancer in the festival, performing with a display of extraordinary sensual intensity” ~ Dance & Dancers, UK
“…the discovery of the evening” ~ Third International Festival of Dance in Brussels
“…wove a magical spell…. sensitively constructed and achingly beautiful production”
~ South Morning China Post
A lifetime resident of New York City, Felicia trained at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Tanz-Forum in Cologne, Germany and the London School for Contemporary Dance. The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival in NYC commissioned four new solo dance works for Felicia Norton and the renowned violinist/ composer Leroy Jenkins. They included “Strung“, a new work created for her by Mark Dendy, ‘Under the Uplands’ created for her by Tamar Rogoff, ‘Icho; Solitary Butterfly’, created for her by Molissa Fenley. Felicia Norton and Leroy Jenkins performed their own collaboration, ‘Saraswati’ for a fourth commission.
Her active teaching career has involved positions at Omega Institute, the University of Chicago, Marin College, California, and at the Queens Museum, in NYC. While at the Queens Museum Collaborative Arts Initiative, she received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to conduct dance workshops with N.Y.C. public school students. She served as an adjunct professor of dance at Lehman College, CUNY, NYC, and teaches dance at The Third Street Music School and at The United Nations International School in NYC. Felicia has been touring the solo dance theatre work ‘NOOR’, co-choreographed with Sasha Spielvogel/Labyrinth Dance Theater, to critical acclaim in London, UK, France, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK, Chautauqua Institute, NY, St Mark’s Church, NYC, venues throughout the US, and most recently at Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester, NY.