NMD Artistic Directors
Andy is Co-Artistic Director of NobleMotion Dance and an Associate Chair/Professor at Sam Houston State University. He also serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the Dance Gallery Festival, an international festival that occurs every year in New York City and Texas. During the summer, Andy is a faculty member at Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy. Houston Press recognized Andy as one of Houston’s 100 Creatives.
Andy has received numerous grants and commissions for his choreography. Most notably, he worked with Academy Award winner John Ridley to create original choreography featured on the Emmy Award Winning and Golden Globe Nominated ABC TV show American Crime. His work has also been set on Malashock Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Moving Current Dance Collective, and Urbanity Dance to name a few. Additionally, his choreography has been selected twice for the National Dance Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Andy’s work with NobleMotion Dance has also been critically recognized and presented at venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Alvin Ailey Theatre, Seattle’s On the Boards, The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, Dallas DanceFest, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Houston’s Big Range Dance Festival, Dance Houston, and the Florida Dance Festival. NobleMotion Dance was recently awarded Houston’s Best Dance Company by the Houston Press and listed in Dance Magazine as one of Houston’s “A-list” dance companies.
Andy’s performing career includes six years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he performed in over forty choreographic works by such noted masters as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. He also had the honor of working first-hand with many cutting edge contemporary and international artists such as Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Jø Strømgren and Zvi Gotheiner. Andy holds a BA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA with an emphasis in Dance Technology from Florida State University.
Andy has served as faculty at the University of South Florida and Western Washington University as well as been a guest artist at numerous other universities and performance art high schools across the country.
Dionne Sparkman Noble
Dionne Noble is co-artistic director of NobleMotion Dance and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University where she directs the graduate program, handles marketing for the Department of Dance and teaches modern technique, choreography, research methods and dance and technology. Additionally, she has served as faculty at Florida State University, University of South Florida and Western Washington University. Dionne received a BA in dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA in modern dance with an emphasis in dance and technology from the University of Utah. Dionne was named one of Houston’s 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press and her choreographic work was just featured on ABC’s television series “American Crime.”
Dionne was a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida and performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Paradigm Dance Project and Moving Current Dance Collective. She has also had the great opportunity to work with other artists such as Joe Goode, Molissa Fenley, Stephen Koester and Sean Curran.
Dionne’s choreographic work has been produced by Tallahassee Ballet, Moving Current Dance Collective, American College Dance Festival, Repertory Dance Theatre, University of Utah, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Paradigm Dance Project, Western Washington University, University of South Florida, Florida State University and FSU’s Dance Repertory Theatre (DRT). She has also been a guest artist at several colleges and performing arts high schools throughout the United States.
Dionne’s technological credits include being a contributing writer and consultant for ChoreoVideo.com, a web-based media resource designed in 2007 to promote innovative instruction in the area of dance technology. In 2009, she, along with colleagues Andy Noble and Tim Glenn, were invited to attend the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities to present Dance & Video: Merging Theoretical and Aesthetic Components of Two Motion Arts, a panel presentation utilizing ChoreoVideo.com. She has had dance films show in InShadow – International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, Utah Dance Film Festival, and Motion Captured, An Evening of Dance on Film, Houston, TX.
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