Halley Willcox, has a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and received her BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University. She is inspired by curiosity, legacy, preservation, memory, nature and binoculars. Her movement research explores the ways urban spaces affect people and culture. She is an artist in residence at Daley Park in Tempe, Arizona and is working to help facilitate creative planning for a culminating event, dance for films and a site specific movement performance with surrounding neighborhoods. Halley is a permanent artist in residence and director of marketing and communications at [nueBOX], a non-profit arts organization that provides performance residency programing for artists based in Phoenix. She is co-director of sister beasts, an international collaboration with Paty Solórzano, which consists of a series of theatrical duets that questions social norms, and explore feminism and womanhood through lived experience. This winter Halley will continue developing a new solo and evening length work during her dance artist residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.
Halley works as faculty associate at Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University, as well as teaching workshops regionally and internationally.
She has performed in works choreographed by Nina Martin, Alexandra Beller, Susan Douglas Roberts, Christian Von Howard, Keith Thompson, David Dorfman, Elijah Gibson, Erica Gionfriddo, Lisa Race and Mary Fitzgerald. While living in New York City she danced with Kinesis Project Dance Theater and Eyes of a Blue Dog Dance Theater, in various venues including the Judson Church, and Jacob's Pillow. During Halley’s time in Kansas City she performed and choreographed for City In Motion Dance Theater for three seasons and taught at Kansas City Ballet’s year-long program, as well as multiple summer intensives. In addition, she produced two evening length works for the Kansas City Fringe Festival and won “Best of Fringe” in 2015 for her show [un]divided with professor and choreographer Suzanne Ryan. Her dances have also been presented at 60X60 (St.Louis, MO), the Bell House Exchange Choreography Festival (Tulsa, OK), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Lawrence Arts Center (Lawrence, KS) Modern Night at the Folly (Kansas City, MO), Sling Dance Project (Austin, TX) and Dance in the Desert Festival (Las Vegas, NV). Internationally, Halley performed and choreographed forEstada Intertour Dansa, a 24-city tour in Catalunya, Spain.
Halley is a PMA certified pilates instructor with 600 hours of training and 6 years of teaching experience—a practice that informs her somatic approach to teaching movement.
Halley has co-presented research at Impulstanz IDOCDE symposium in Vienna, Austria and the National Dance Education Organization. She co-taught a workshop on mindful improvisation at the Digital Research in the Humanities and Art conference in Malta. Halley has also presented a research paper on pedagogical tools at NDEO and performed at MOCO with Datura. She is the movement director for Datura, a local Interdisciplinary improvisational ensemble that performs and teaches in and around the Phoenix area. Halley views dance as a lifelong endeavor and is grateful for the continual love and support from her family and friends.