Banning Bouldin, a Nashville native, began her dance training at the School of Nashville Ballet. In 1998 she was accepted early admission and on scholarship to the Juilliard School under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy. Directly upon graduating with a BFA in 2002, she joined Hubbard Street 2. Banning has since gone on to work internationally with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary dancers, choreographers, and companies: Lar Lubovich Dance Company, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, and Wen Wei Wang, to name a few.
She was a soloist, master teacher, and rehearsal assistant during her tenure with Aszure Barton and Artists from 2003-2010. In 2007 she began developing and teaching her own syllabus in Paris at the Theatre de la Danse and Studio Harmonic. That same year she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based in Portland, Oregon and Gothenburg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010. Banning has taught master classes in the US, Canada, and Europe, has performed worldwide, and has been featured in four films, as well as in articles in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and Dance Spirit.
Having returned to Nashville in 2011, she now spends her time choreographing and teaching contemporary dance technique and improvisation at the Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt University, and with her own burgeoning dance collective, New Dialect Formation.