Artistic Director Anne Harris Wilcox (M.F.A., SUNY Brockport; B.A., Connecticut College) is a choreographer, performer and dance educator of uncommon artistry and imagination. She founded Present Tense Dance in 1991, and has choreographed and performed for her own company and others throughout the northeast.
Under her direction, Present Tense Dance has performed with Image/Movement/Sound Series, Rebound Festival, Visions of Sound, NYSDEA conferences, RCDC, Finger Lakes Dance, Syracuse Contemporary Dance, Drumcliffe Irish Arts, SUNY Brockport Alumni Showcases, and for Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery.
She has received grants from New York Foundation of the Arts and the New York State Decentralization program to create dance/theater pieces including When the Souls Rise, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Public and Private Hearth, and The Seal Maiden. She was honored at a NDEO/NYSDEA regional conference for meritorious service in dance education for the children of Western New York.
A permanently certified K-12 teacher of dance, Anne is President of New York State Dance Education Association and is a founding member of Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective (RCDC). She has taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, SUNY Brockport, the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester's School of the Arts (SOTA), and Young Audiences, among many other schools.
An expert in interdisciplinary learning, she is also the designer of Active Learning Games, a series of kinesthetic learning games and activities for K-12 students. She is a widely sought after educational innovator who gets children's and teachers' blood flowing and minds active.
Currently, as guest artist at Rochester's School of the Arts, Anne choreographed "A Place For Tomorrow," a piece which celebrates the inner voice and beauty of children. Anne collaborated with vocal music teacher Meghan Koch, director of SOTA singers, to create this moving and memorable music and dance celebration.
She lives in Rochester with her husband, three children and Bernese mountain dog, and rehearses with her company at Drumcliffe Irish Arts studio.