AUTUMN ECKMAN, an Atlanta native, received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy under Clara Cravey and Steve Brulee. In 2000, Autumn relocated to Chicago to join Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, where she is currently serving as Artistic Associate and Director of Giordano II. She has also been a dancer with State Street Ballet (Santa Barbara), Cangelosi Dance Project, Lucky Plush Productions, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance, and Collective Body Dance Lab. Autumn has created five works for the Giordano company and has been commissioned by several companies, universities, and schools including Western Michigan University, KRESA, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, State Street Ballet Young Dancers, and Contemporary Dance South. In 2010, she was named as a “standout choreographer” in the Chicago Tribune. In addition, Autumn is a full time instructor at Northern Illinois University where she enjoys teaching all disciplines of dance and is a teacher at the Lou Conte Dance Studio and Visceral Dance Chicago.