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Blake Nellis

Teaching Artist


Blake Nellis​ is an artist, educator and improviser who creates work with the body. His work is deeply rooted in human connection, physical touch and shared emotion. He originally hails from Door County, Wisconsin, and graduated from Luther College with a degree in Theater/Dance.  He is a 2019 & 2015 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and 2013 recipient of the McKnight Foundation’s Metropolitan Regional Arts Council: Next Step Funds. He has taught and performed around the globe and has recently produced work at the Walker Art Center, Artbox, Red Eye Theater, TEK Box, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater & Luther College. He is a freelance photographer, choreographer and dancer.  His other professional experience includes performing with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances, Live Action Set, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Jim Lieberthal’s Footholds Project, Jane Hawley, Rosy Simas & Taja Will. His work is inspired by his experience with athletics, the circus, singing, acting, playing piano, photography and filmmaking. His favorite moments are those in which laughter reminds us that play is valuable. He strongly believes that riding a bicycle, eating good food, being curious, compassionate, and creative are all integral parts of being a good artist.

2023-24 Session Teaching Roster: Creative Movement & Modern
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