Biography

photography by Rebekah Carr

 

SHORT STORY:

Ila Conoley Paladino began her studies at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and continued her training at the Alabama Dance Theatre.  There, Ila performed in classic, neoclassical, and contemporary ballets. She earned her BA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  Ila returned to Colorado Springs as the chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Dance Department.  She has performed with the Ormao Dance Company and Push/Don’t Pull Dance Theatre as well as numerous independent choreographers. Ila has choreographed for a myriad of companies and schools such as The Moving Collective, Flatlands Contemporary Dance Theatre, Texas Technical University, Dragon Theatre Productions, and Ormao Dance Company.  Ila choreographs concert dance, site-specific work, dance theatre, and community modern. Ila is an instructor of modern dance, ballet, dance appreciation, dance history, and composition and has taught courses and master classes at various institutions throughout the nation such as Colorado Mesa University, New Mexico State University, University of Texas El Paso, and University of Kentucky. Ila continues her dance journey as a freelance artist and as director and choreographer of ICONography Dance.

 

LONG STORY:

ILA CONOLEY PALADINO began her studies at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and continued her studies at the Alabama Dance Theatre, where she attended the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association yearly.  She earned her BA in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. At Tisch she studied with Gus Solomons Jr., Kevin Wynn, Doug Elkins, Deborah Jowitt, Ken Tosti, Terry O’Connor, Phyllis Lamhut, Jackie Villamil, James Martin, and Nicholas Leichter. In 2004 Ila moved to Colorado Springs and had a great influence on contemporary dance education and performance as the dynamic chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Dance Department (2006-2011).  Ila has performed with the Ormao Dance Company and Push/Don’t Pull Dance Theatre and choreographed for  Our Community Dance Company, the High Altitude Dance Ensemble (HADE), Flatlands Contemporary Dance Theatre, Sansara, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso Community College, Dragon Theatre Productions, Ormao Dance Company, Savannah State University, and The Moving Collective to name a few. She directed and choreographed the award winning “Community Modern” at the Pikes Peak Center as apart of the Peak at the Arts Festival, an audience favorite featuring 37 dancers and non-dancers ages 2-70 sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council.  Her body of work includes award winning ballets “Drenched in White” 2007, “Encapsulate,” 2009, “Nezabudka” 2009 (with Jessica Russ Medovich), “Four Women” 2010, “Chocolate” 2010 (with Posy Knight),  “Saddled to his Dreams” 2011, “No Reality Between Us” 2012, and “Trials and Tribulations of an A-Hole” 2014. She has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Dance Alliance in addition to serving on subcommittees for both the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Ila has taught various courses and master classes at Colorado College’s Extraordinary Summer Dance Festival, Colorado Mesa College, University of Wyoming at Laramie, and the American College Dance Festival. Ila was a lecturer at University of Texas El Paso, New Mexico State University, and University of Kentucky at Lexington teaching various lecture and technique courses. Ila is the director/choreographer for both ICONography Dance.

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