Amanda Krische is a dancer and choreographer who creates work that dialogues with the disciplines of psychology, spirituality, ecology, and storytelling. Her work is created in honor of the deep wisdom of the body, and in response to the urgency of giving voice to the internal geographies: our memories and emotions, the need to dream and create, the experience of being heard and listened to. There is a particular interest on exploring these geographies through the lens of relationship, and so the duet form is of great interest. The work aims to create a holding space for dialogue, discourse, and community movement practice between dancers and audience members.
As a professional dancer, Amanda has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Place des Arts, New York Live Arts, Danspace and the Joyce Theater. She is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School and graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance, including a semester abroad at Amsterdamse Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten. She has collaborated with choreographers such as Teresa Fellion, Loni Landon, Nicole von Arx, and Nicole Wolcott.
Ever a student of the healing arts, Amanda has apprenticed with master herbalist Robin Rose Bennett, and has studied with herbalists such as Sajah Popham and Rosemary Gladstar. This herbal training has focused on reweaving the deep wisdom of the body, and Amanda uses consultations with clients to guide people home to their own physical knowledge of health and healing. Amanda is also certified in David Elliott's Breathwork methodology, an active breathing meditation used to reset the nervous system and assist in the processing of trauma. These two trainings have informed her choreographic process of using dance as a way to process memory and emotion through the body.
While at Purchase College, SUNY she began her research of dance making under the mentorship of Doug Varone. Her choreography has been shown at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gallim Dance, the Actors Arts Fund, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. Her work has been commissioned by the National YoungArts Foundation, Grace Farms Foundation, and Bombshell Dance Project. She has received project support from the Jerome Foundation for her ongoing project and process developing community, movement modalities and performance practices for healing from sexual trauma. She has held artist in residence positions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center, Omi International Arts Center, and Keshet Arts Center. Amanda currently serves on faculty in the Dance Department at LaGuardia Arts High School, where she teaches Improvisation, Choreography, and Ballet. Amanda is the recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award, a 2012 YoungArts Winner, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.