Scotty Hardwig

Scotty Hardwig

Assistant Professor - Movement, Performance and Integrated Media

Scotty Hardwig is a dancer, choreographer and multimedia artist whose artistic practice melds an articulate, athletic movement vocabulary with a specialization in digital dance, photography, video, projection and sound design for live performance. As a freelance performer and company member for AXIS Dance Company's 30th Anniversary Season, he has had the honor of working with internationally recognized choreographers like Marc Brew, Stephen Koester, Johannes Wieland, Joe Goode, Amy Seiwart, Eric Handman, Yannis Adoniou, Satu Hummasti, and Stephan Koplowitz. He has also had the honor of performing internationally in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Marriott Center for Dance, and Gibney Dance Center in New York City. In addition to being a choreographer and performer, he is also an award-winning videodance maker and director, with his dance for camera works frequently screened internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. As an educator he has served on the faculty of the University of Utah and Middlebury College, teaching improvisation, aesthetic theory and dance history, anatomy and kinesiology, dance media, as well as contemporary technique and composition. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, and was most recently a resident artist at Bates Dance Festival (2015), as well as the artistic director of the Dance Company of Middlebury (2016-17). 

Contact Me 
(540) 231-8500
251-A Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall  (0141)
Blacksburg, VA  24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Dance
  • Contemporary and Modern Dance Technique
  • Choreography and Composition
  • Performance & Integrated Media
  • Dance for Camera
  • Performance Improvisation
  • Movement Fundamentals
  • Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Site-Specific Performance
  • Projection Design
  • Digital Media for Live Performance
  • Dance Technique
  • Choreography
  • Movement for Film
  • Integrated Media for Live Performance

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., University of Utah - School of Dance
  • B.A., University of Virginia

What is your favorite place on campus? Why?

I absolutely love the Moss Arts Center, and in particular, the Cube. The whole building feels so futuristic, the programs hosted there are cutting edge, and it's rare to find a facility for performance research that is equipped with 360 motion capture cameras, full projections, and directional speakers for artistic research. Because so much of my work centers around the interfaces between the human body and technology, it's like stepping into a dreamscape where my inner creative nerd can be free to imagine new worlds, and then make them real.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

Being able to watch my students grow from the beginning of each course to the end. Because I teach movement and dance, this growth is physical and visceral, and involves a type of learning that is so fundamental to our humanity. As a teacher, this embodied learning is a beautiful thing to see.

What was the first performing arts event (or film) that you remember participating in and what do you remember most about it?

In elementary school a group of friends and I choreographed a dance to the Backstreet Boys for a talent show. We all wore matching outfits and sunglasses, and spent hours creating the rhythmic arm jabs to go with "Back... Street's... back... alright!"  Unbeknownst to my eight year old self, this was a prophetic event in my career.

Something Unexpected:

When I was younger, I played guitar and banjo for shows and wrote my own songs. I played coffee shops and local venues, and even did an opening set once for Tower of Power. You might even catch me singing if you walk by my office in the morning. Also, I grew up on a little farmstead in Roanoke County, VA - so I'm a local boy at heart!

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