Erin Thompson began her dance career with the Minnesota Dance Theatre and continued in New York City in the companies of Nina Wiener and Bebe Miller from 1980-1989. Erin received a New York Dance and Performance award, “BESSIE”, in 1986 for her dancing in Nina Wiener’s Enclosed Time at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Since moving back to Minneapolis she received choreographer’s fellowships, along with her husband Byron Richard, from the McKnight Foundation (1993) and from the National Endowment for the Arts (1994, 1996). Since 1990, Erin has been on the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theater Arts and Dance as well as at Zenon Dance School, where she continues to provide advanced professional modern dance training for the Twin City’s dance community. Erin received a Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Educator in 2008 and was voted City Pages Best Dancer in 2016 for her performance in Shapiro and Smith’s Tableau Vivant. She is also an ATI certified Alexander Technique teacher, having trained at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia.