Hilary Grumman is a Seattle-based artist, educator, and community organizer. Drawing on training with international practitioners, and 12 years of personal floorwork research, she directs Undercurrent, a dance company nurturing floorwork technique, experiential design, multi-media performance, and care-centered community building since 2017.
After earning her BFA at CalArts, Hilary pursued floorwork training in Piso Móvil, Flying Low, Psico-Físico, RUBBERBAND, Jorge Crecis, Adam Barruch, Ihsan Rustem, Moving Air, Duela-Cemento, A Surprised Body, CONTINUUM, and Bodyparkour. Deepening her research, she was awarded an Annual Residency at Delfos Danza in Sinaloa, Mexico, a Season Residency at London Contemporary Dance School in the UK, and a Summer Festival Scholarship at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. Weaving these methods into her own investigations, she has cultivated a cohesive and biomechanically safe approach to fluid floorwork sequencing, challenging inversions, and an immersive learning experience.
Having grown up in Seattle and dancing at Kerry Hall, Hilary is honored to bring this technique to Cornish College of the Arts in 2024. She is also on faculty at the University of Washington and is returning for a 3rd season teaching the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation’s Professional Cohort. In 2023, she led workshops across the country at Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance Center New York, The Dance Complex Boston, Velocity Dance Center, Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Bodies of Empowerment SF. Since 2017, she has been an Artist in Residence at Fremont Abbey Arts Center teaching 2-3 drop-in floorwork classes per week and hosting workshops with Nicole von Arx, Ground Grooves, 2nd Best Dance Company, Lavinia Vago, Elia Mrak, Tom Weinberger, RUBBERBAND dancers, et al. She has performed in Seattle, London, Tijuana, Vienna, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Mazatlán, Valencia, Lewiston, San Luis Potosi, and Los Angeles and her choreographic commissions include new works for CO—, Sessions in Place, The Round, Ode at Mini Mart City Park, Kaylee Elizabeth, Studio Current Sessions, Starbucks, and more.
California Institute of the Arts