Hayley Cutler, artistic director

Hayley Cutler (artistic director) is a choreographer, dance educator, and experimental performer based in Washington, DC. She received her MFA and BA in Dance from The George Washington University and a postgraduate diploma from the Laban Conservatoire of Dance. Since founding darlingdance in 2010, life has been a wonderful ride of movement making, postmodern booty-shaking and collaborative earth-quaking. As a choreographer and educator Hayley is most interested in the moment when improvisation becomes composition, awakening an honest aesthetic and giving way for all bodies to move. In her work, she is most curious about the shared and varied histories of women at home in their bodies. The Washington Post once declared Hayley's work "tonally bizarre." She tonally agrees.


Founded in 2010, darlingdance is an experimental postmodern dance company based in Washington, DC. Since its founding, darlingdance has presented work at Dance Place, Dance Exchange, Artisphere, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Capital Fringe, Building J, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Jack Guidone Theater, Greenberg Theater, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and toured in Baltimore, Chicago and Boston. darlingdance has received funding and support from Dance Metro DC, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Dance Place, MassArt and more, and received press from The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, PinkLine Project, DCMetroTheaterArts and Time Out Chicago. Currently in its seventh season, darlingdance is developing its latest work BABE (Expansion Pack), set to premiere in full in late 2017. The mission of darlingdance is to produce groundbreaking postmodern work that focuses on the female experience in both traditional and DIY venues, blending the history of formal dance performance with innovative presentation ideas. We are committed to collaboration and experimentation and are proud to be a part of DC’s growing dance renaissance. We commit to collaborative endeavors with fellow local artists and understand that collaboration, continuing education and shared support are keys to our organization’s success.