Kirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance,” according to Time Out Magazine (London).

Simson’s eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life itself. Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and musicians who share an interest in improvisation. She teaches throughout the world with notable companies and leads open workshops and classes in institutions of learning.

She is renowned today as an excellent teacher and captivating performer who is a leading light in the field of dance improvisation, and she has created a film about dance improvisation with filmmaker Katrina McPherson. In January 2008, Kirstie joined Dance at Illinois.