Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Barbie Diewald


Barbie Diewald is a choreographer, performer, and teacher based in New England. Originally from Chicago, she trained at the Chicago Festival Ballet, Midwest Ballet Theatre, and Lou Conte Dance Center. In 2008, Barbie moved to New York, where she co-founded TrioDance Collective alongside Emily Jeffries. The company produced seven New York Seasons, including an interdisciplinary work with the Nouveau Classical Project at BAM, and was recognized as “a consistent force in the vast scene of emerging choreographers in NYC (Dance Informa).”

Diewald has developed her work with the support of numerous awards and residencies, including a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Choreography, Banff Centre’s Rick & Brune Sinneave Artist Award, a 2016 Bogliasco Fellowship, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund Award, and a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She was selected twice as a choreographer for New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schonberg Lab in Composition (with Gwen Welliver and Tere O’Connor respectively) as well as Susan Marshall’s SUMAC Choreographic research program, and was a recipient of Chen Dance Center’s New Steps Residency and the Upstart Residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In 2016 she was an artist-in-residence at Ponderosa, an experimental dance center in Stoltzenhagen, Germany, and in 2018 she was visiting artist-in-residence at the Iron Factory in Philadelphia.

Diewald’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 92nd Street Y, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, The Center for Performance Research, Mark Morris Dance Center, Dixon Place, The Chocolate Factory (THROW), The Cunningham Studios at Westbeth, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston), and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA). Internationally, she has performed at Ponderosa, The Bogliasco Foundation Centre (Italy), and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada).

Diewald has collaborated and performed with Katie Martin, Bronwen MacArthur and Stephanie Maher, and she engages in a ongoing improvisational performance project, “Unfinishing,” with choreographer Kate Seethaler. She is the resident choreographer at PanOpera, and has developed contemporary ballet and choreographic intensives for the Pioneer Valley Ballet. She makes her work within the framework of Barbie Diewald Choreography, a practice-led research group that performs throughout New England.

Presently, Barbie is a Visiting Professor of Dance at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Dance Department. She has previously taught at Keene State College and Smith College, where she was an MFA Teaching fellow. Her current scholarly research is rooted in developing inclusive language and practices for teaching experiential anatomy and dance to non-binary and transgender students in academia.

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My vimeo page, with new videos added frequently

I Have Worked With

  • May 2014 to September 2019

    Ballet Mistress and Faculty (Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Repertory, and Modern)

    Director of PVB's annual Choreographic Lab for the advanced division.  

  • September 2019

    Premiere of my work "Pare: Constellation 3"

  • February 2019

    Perfomed my work, "Pare" here as part of the Bodies in Motion Festival, and as part of "Movers Moving In," curated by Andrea Olsen.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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16 Hooker Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060
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16 Hooker Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060
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Dance - Modern / Contemporary
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Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Humanities - Literature
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General Public
LGBTQ Populations
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Artist (Individual)
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Community Arts
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Smith College- MFA Dance
Millikin University- BFA Theatre and Dance
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Choreography (2018)
Mount Holyoke College Faculty Research Grant (2018)
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Bruce Sinneave Award (2018)
New England Foundation for the Arts: New England Dance Fund Grant (2017)
Northampton Arts Council Artist Grant (Administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF Grant (Manhattan Community Arts Fund)
Bogliasco Fellowship (2016)- Liguria, Italy
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

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Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

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I am a Teaching Artist

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Elementary School-age
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