From Springboro, Ohio, Michael Crotty is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Michael received his BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, Diploma from CODARTS Conservatory in the Netherlands, and an MFA in Dance from The University of Utah. His theater-dances have been commissioned and produced for The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Columbia College, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, California State University, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
My art circle begins and end with my family. They have and continue to be the primary engine. From there, any person, animal, object, sound……. it’s all in the circle … a never-ending continuum that connects and contains with a near unreachable border. Also, “Hi, Mom!’
Within the circle is the UL community. As an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program, my day-to-day is steeped in “how can what we do serve the students now?” This has resulted in some shifting of curricular opportunities and dynamic programming that we are excited to launch. UL Dance Faculty, Staff, and Students are exceptional.
How do you expand your art circle?
By reminding myself that life is happening now, in this moment….seek out curiosity and take action…now.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
I find all communities to be creative. How we navigate difference and define creativity feels critical. I feel it is vital to surround yourself with people who challenge, surprise, and disrupt you. Sharing space with seemingly “like-minded” people can be dangerously limiting and prohibit growth.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
I’m not sure yet. Integrating into any community is a process and relationship that is built over time. Lafayette is magic. This I know. I am very excited to be here and am happy to play. Also, we don’t just need to talk about dance….I also like horror films, baking, and family. Not talking about dance is just as creative.
I am very active and can be a relentless advocate for the creative process. I’m not particularly shy and believe people should not apologize for existing. Take action for the things you want.
I’ve never considered myself a strict “artist” or “academic”. I suppose I just stay curious… that’s my contribution…. Maybe?