Banning is a Nashville native, who received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the first eight years of her career working internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers: The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Hubbard Street 2, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Wen Wei Wang, and others.
She was a soloist, master class teacher, and rehearsal assistant during her tenure with Aszure Barton and Artists from 2003-2010. In 2007 she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based both in Portland, Oregon and Goteborg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works with Stephan Laks and Rachel Tess. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010.
That year, Bouldin returned to Nashville and in 2012 founded New Dialect, responding to Nashville’s need for a contemporary dance company that would allow dancers, teaching artists, choreographers, and audiences the opportunity to explore the wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of 21st Century dance. In 2014, New Dialect was named Nashville’s Best New Dance Company and Bouldin, herself, was honored with the Tennessee Dance Association’s Margaret Martin Award for her outstanding contributions to further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee.
She has created dance works for New Dialect, the Nashville Ballet, and Visceral Dance Chicago, and is thrilled to be joining the roster of e-choreographers for Springboard Danse Montreal in 2015.