creating new heights in modern dance
Perpetual Motion Dance is a modern and aerial dance company based in Oklahoma City with a mission to “create, develop and inspire innovative dance.” They blend post modern and aerial dance techniques with a signature grace and technical ingenuity to create dance on all planes. Perpetual Motion Dance is in their 16th season of creating annual original concerts in addition to regional and national touring.
The recent original concerts of Perpetual Motion Dance include “Quinze” (2017), excerpts performed at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, “Wanderlust” (2016), performed at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma State University Seretean Theater in Stillwater, OK; “Fault Line” (2015), a collaboration with Perpetual Motion Dance, welder Joey Smith and video animation artist Kyle Van Osdol, performed at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City, Tulsa SummerStage (June 2015) and the Houston Fringe Festival (awarded Best Dance Performance in Festival); KINETIC (2014) performed at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City and an excerpt performed at the National Performance Network annual conference; and “Water Won’t Wait” (2013) performed at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City, ReCreation Studios in Little Rock, AR, and “Live at the Crossroads” in Kansas City.
In addition to presenting original concerts and tours, Perpetual Motion Dance is committed to educating both adults and youth through classes, workshops, and residencies. In August 2006, Perpetual Motion organized the first annual Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, which brings together regional choreographers with performers of all ages and backgrounds.
Michelle Moeller, Artistic Director
Michelle is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and is the Director of Perpetual Motion Dance, an Oklahoma City-based modern and aerial dance company. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman's University, where she was awarded the Excellence in Choreography scholarship, and her BA in Dance from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her performance and choreography have been a part of numerous concerts and festivals, including four American College Dance Festivals, ROGUE in Fresno, CA, and the New Genre Festival in Tulsa. As a freelance choreographer, Ms. Moeller’s work has been commissioned by Oklahoma City Ballet for their Future Voices concert, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, and Muscle Memory Dance Theater. She is strongly influenced by her professional training at the Bill Evans summer intensives, the Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago and Dance New Amsterdam in New York City. Ms. Moeller has a unique aesthetic sensibility and in 2013, she was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s“40 Under 40” by Oklahoma Magazine.