E.E. Balcos, originally from Minneapolis, is an Associate Professor of Dance and has been a professional dancer and choreographer for over 30 years. At the age of 18, he began studying dance with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. His research and teaching interests include somatic movement education and experiential anatomy, choreography, dance technique and performance, improvisation and contact improvisation.
For the stage, he has choreographed over 50 professional works and 30 works for dance students. From 2006-2013, his dance company, E.E.MOTION, was featured with North Carolina Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, ADF’s Acts to Follow Series, Piccolo Spoleto’s Dance at Noon Series in Charleston, SC, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. His choreographic works have been presented in such well-known venues as Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Joyce/Soho and St. Mark’s Church in New York City, Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Lawrence Art Center, and at numerous dance festivals, and universities nationally. Balcos’s collaborative work with composer John Allemeier, Deep Water: The Murder Ballads, an evening-length dance-theatre piece, was premiered at the Knight Theatre in Charlotte in 2013.
As a performer, Balcos toured nationally and internationally with Shapiro & Smith Dance (NYC), Demetrius Klein Dance Company (FL), Zenon Dance Company (MPLS), and worked with renowned choreographers including Danny Buraczeski, Ping Chong, Sam Costa, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Daniel Gwirtzman, Dwight Rhoden, David Rousseve, Stephanie Skura, Jan Van Dyke, and Bill Young. He performed and presented work throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines.
Balcos received grants from Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Asian American Renaissance, Missouri State University, COAS at UNC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council, and Faculty Research Grants from UNC Charlotte. He holds a BA in Music from The Colorado College and an MFA in Choreography from The University of Iowa. He has been on faculty at Charlotte Ballet. He was also an Artist-in-Residence with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington, DC and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009.