2017 FACULTY BIOS
Associate Professor of Dance
Originally from NC, Heidi Echols is Chair and Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Along with teaching dance theory and technique, Heidi is also the artistic director of the Salem College Dance Company. She has trained, performed, choreographed and collaborated with many dance artists including Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Douglas Nielsen, Jaques d'Ambroise and Gerri Houlihan.
Heidi has presented her work in New York City, Washington, DC, The American Dance Festival, and on tour with the NC Dance Festival. She has also produced and performed extensively in the Triad, NC. Heidi has presented her teaching pedagogy and research interests through the American College Dance Association, Association of American Colleges and Universities, the NC Dance Alliance, and the NC Association for the Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She has been a guest teacher at several institutions including Old Dominion University, Wake Forest University, and Winston Salem State University. In 2011, Heidi received the NCAAHPERD College Dance Educator of the Year.
Heidi resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children. She is the former President of the North Carolina Dance Alliance, and believes strongly in fostering the growth of dance and dance science.
Heidi will lead the creative workshop Somatics in Performance.
BFA Dance/Choreography (Univ. of NC School of the Arts, USA)
MA/MFA Scene Design (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany).
NCBTMB Approved CEU Provider #1006
was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Merging American experiences with her European roots, she creates interdisciplinary works in performing & visual arts, film and sound. She is the artistic director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY (www.albanelved.org), produces the annual 'SARUS Festival for Site-specific & Experimental Art' in Wilmington, NC, as well as the 'MoRe Movement Research Project' with Salem College, NC. Ms Lüttringhaus is co-director of A FORTIORI with Fereshteh Rostampour, and works as a freelance designer, choreographer and educator at theatres and universities across Europe, Canada and the US. In 2013 she joined the faculty at Salem College, teaching Movement Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA in Scenic & Exhibition Design from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. www.karolaluettringhaus.com
My work as a massage therapist has accompanied my entire career in dance, both sides merging more and more over time. I am a LMBT (NC #8931). I am currently enrolled to become a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. Their work has reaffirmed my ideas and ultimately changed my approach to movement education profoundly. In my opinion, the Axis Syllabus is an important authority in the field of movement research. It is the inspiration to my workshops/classes and the source of hope for many issues related to human movement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, personally as well as professionally. I encourage everyone to look into www.axissyllabus.org.
As a massage therapist, I firmly believe that movement and movement education is an essential and irreplaceable part in prevention of and recovery from injury.
Karola teaches The Body's Intrinsic Intelligence
Ruusu, “Rose” Sunila
was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. She holds a Master of Arts (Dance) degree from the Theater Academy of Finland. Rose joined Salem College Dance Studies Department in Fall 2016 as adjunct faculty.
Teaching improvisation and modern technique, Rose recognizes two big influences in her movement and performance style: David Zambrano’s Flying Low technique, as well as Eileen Stanley’s (Magpie Music and Dance Company) guidance during study visits to Amsterdam’s Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’s Dance Department.
After living and working in several countries across Europe, Rose and her family moved to the U.S. Rose’s first artistic collaborations in the U.S. were with the Cincinnati Dance Theater (Ohio).
Inspired by her children, Rose became interested in rethinking the creative dance format, and started developing the idea of Movement Class. This class, geared for both boys and girls, addresses both fine and gross motor skills along with creative development in a gender neutral environment. In partnership with the FBC preschool in Greensboro, she was able to develop her ideas further.
While living in Brazil more recently, Rose studied Capoeira Angola under several prominent Capoeira masters of Rio de Janeiro. She recognizes Mestre Ferradura as her main teacher and guide in the rich culture of Capoeira. Before moving back to the U.S., Rose taught a Capoeira-Dance fusion class in Rio.
Influenced by her life experiences in three continents, there’s a certain international and cross-cultural presence in her approach to movement and arts as a whole.
Rose calls Greensboro, NC home. She shares her life experiences with her husband and three children.
Rose teaches Improvisation at Salem Summer Intensive.