Aynsley Vandenbroucke - Co-founder
Aynsley is a choreographer and founded Mount Tremper Arts with Mathew Pokoik. She was very active in designing the studio (bringing a tape measure to every rehearsal and performance space she liked! finding out how to build a sprung floor! obsessing over which windows to put in!) and in setting up the spirit and infrastructure of the place. She served as artistic co-director and producer for many years and has washed countless sheets and dishes, given many pre-performance hugs to beloved audience members. She initiated the audience writing ticket program and has had a special passion for the poetry part of the pork and poetry events (although she certainly loves the bbq too).
Called “gifted” by the New Yorker and “an elegant, sensitive thinker” by The New York Times, she has been creating dance in New York City since 2000. Aynsley's work (www.movementgroup.org) has been performed throughout the city (at The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Baryshnikov Arts Center, CPR- Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, and Lincoln Center Institute’s Clark Studio Theater, among others) as well as in San Francisco, Denver, and Brazil.
A Laban Movement Analyst, Aynsley was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for five years and currently teaches at Princeton University. She graduated in 1999 from North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied on scholarship and was nominated for the Princess Grace Award. Her previous studies included intensive ballet and contemporary dance training at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, The Ruth Page Foundation and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.