Brian Winn received his MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in graduate school at UNCG, he investigated gender and sexuality in his choreography. He was a recipient of the CVPA 2019 summer research stipend, a Kristina Larson Award, the Sally and Alan Cone Grant for Special Projects in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG. As a Graduate Teaching Associate in the School of Dance, he taught contemporary dance, introduction to dance, and dance appreciation. Brian was also a Graduate Teaching Fellow within the Teaching Innovations Office in the Residential Colleges at UNCG where he taught a course he created on Gender, Sexuality, and the Dancing Body.
He has performed professionally with Plexus Dance and Caroline Calouche & Company in Charlotte, NC where he trained, performed, and taught aerial dance as well as contemporary dance. Additionally, he was cast in Martha Graham’s Panorama where he had the honor of working with former Graham dancer, Kim Jones. As a public school dance educator, Brian taught in both North and South Carolina for almost a decade. Most recently, he was on the dance faculty at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC where his teaching focused on modern dance, dance history, and choreography.
Brian’s research interests are rooted in the intersections of gender, sexuality, and dance. His thesis work, pass/codes, explored gestural code switching and how it is used by members of the queer community to survive in heteronormative situations. He continues to draw upon his lived experiences in addition to his research endeavors to work toward a more inclusive and diverse representation of the world in concert dance. He is excited to begin a new teaching position as the director of Dance and Color Guard at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC and as a part-time instructor of dance at Kennesaw State University.