Meet the Director

Artistic Director Barrie Barton

Barrie-Barton-199x300“To work in the realm of connecting community to the artistic and expressive process is my deepest calling. Conveying authenticity of real people and real lives through movement and story relevant to the human experience becomes an act of liberation.”

With 30 years of dancing, choreographing and teaching experience, Barrie Barton brings a wide-open, liberating and ineffable skill for creative expression to her role as the Artistic Director of Community Choreography Projects established in 2005. As a life long mover, choreographer and teacher, Barrie transitioned from teaching dance at two high schools to a Movement Artist offering her skills at workshops, conferences and institutions.

She was featured presenter at Gladdening Light Symposium in Florida, The N.C. Center for The Advancement of Teaching, Upward Bound at Mars Hill College as well as the leader for numerous  adult dance classes and workshops in the Asheville area.

Ms. Barton successfully produced four multi-media theater performances:

  • Hand Me Down, 2011
  •  Knock Knock, 2009
  •  Holding Us, 2007
  • Holding Love, 2006

Ms. Barton holds a BA in Dance from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters of Arts in Education from Vermont College. She received the 2010 Regional Artist Grant and is the 1985 recipient of the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship Award for choreography. She is a Certified Interplay Leader and continues advancing her learning by attending workshops: Ping Chong and Company (2012), Interplay Leaders Conference (2011 & 2012), Anna Halpern (2011) and Applied Improvisation Conference (2011).

As a result of her vision and experience, Ms. Barton inspires people to explore, express and expand their artistic nature in a fun and creative format; thereby, initiating personal liberation and building community connections that continue to inform and nurture our humanity.

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