Pioneer Winter | Miami, FL | Born:  12/08/1987 | Lives and works in Miami

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Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter // Collective – invested in interdisciplinary collaboration, transmedia, physical theatre and contemporary dance. As a young queer artist, he uses social and cultural narratives to anchor his work. He is co-director of RIFT Blackbox and the Miami Dance Studio, and was founding curator of transmedia performances for FilmGate Interactive. Through his Collective, Winter directs/produces several programs, including LEAP (Leaders of Equality through Arts and Performance), a creative communication program for LGBTQ-identifying teens and their allies that focuses on using the arts for activism and social change; and the Grass Stains fellowship, a site-specific performance initiative that mentors and commissions artists interested in creating site-based work through a close collaboration with acclaimed site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.

A Horatio Alger Scholar, he is an alumnus of the Florida International University Honors College, and holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology. Winter is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist to be named a Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholar. He was awarded the 2014-2015 Miami Choreographic Fellowship, and is a fellow and faculty member in the FIU Honors College Department. Winter is on the vision committee for the building of the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center, as well as serving as a grants panelist for Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Community Grants.

Pioneer Winter has presented work in the International Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDxMIA at New World Symphony, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum of Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami-Dade County Auditorium, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, WPBT2’s Art Loft and 10 Under 40, Tigertail Production’s ScreenDance Miami, Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture, Coral Gables Museum, Duncan Theater, Bass Museum of Art, Art Wynwood, Deering Estate at Cutler, American College Dance Festival, Art Live Fair, Frost Museum of Art, O Cinema, Florida Dance Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, FilmGate Interactive, and Triskelion Arts, NYC, among others. Upcoming commissions for 2016 include Karen Peterson and Dancers, Compositum Musicae Novae, and the Pembroke Pines Performing Arts and Civic Center.

Pioneer Winter studied with Edwin and Gaile Holland, followed by Miami City Ballet with further training by Michael Langlois, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). He has been mentored by choreographers Christina Teague-Mann, Ana Sánchez-Colberg, Michael Kliën, Jüri Nael, and Octavio Campos, as well as intensive labs with Nora Chipaumire, Mario Zambrano, Alonzo King, Stephan Koplowitz, and Keith Hennessy. He has performed throughout the United States and toured in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. He has danced for Dance Now! Miami, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Brazz Dance Theater, Aire Dance Company, Karen Peterson and Dancers, and Next Step Dance, among others. Continued professional development has included intensive choreographic and transmedia labs with The FIELD, MDC Live Arts, Creative Capital, and the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program.

Pioneer Winter Collective projects have included support from the John and James L. Knight Foundation and Knight Arts Challenge, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, The Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, City of Miami Beach Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), Miami Theater Center, Miami Light Project, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Winter is the only choreographer to be accepted into the Cannonball Miami 2012-2013 residency program for Miami-based artists. He has held residencies at Miami Dade College, Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, Nova Southeastern University, Broward College, and Jacksonville University. Pioneer Winter’s projects find their niche in the portability of the messages and how themes discussed maintain significance and identification within the current social climate.

More of Pioneer Winter’s work can be viewed here.