Scott Putman

Associate Professor

Scott Putman
sputman@vcu.edu

Scott Putman is an Associate Professor in dance and choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches across the curriculum in the technical and creative tracks in all levels of contemporary modern practices and ballet as well as composition, choreography and partnering. Scott brings a unique perspective to the work he shares within the curriculum through his work as the creator of the Elemental Body Alignment System© (EBAS). This re-education and structural integration technique informs all of the technical information he presents, as well as a focused exploration throughout the freshmen year. Scott also shares the EBAS work nationally and internationally, as EBAS has over 35 certified teachers sharing the work in the US, Italy and Romania. In addition, EBAS is a foundational practice in the curriculum at Victoria School for the Arts in Edmonton, Canada; Sun King Dance; and for the past three years in the Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School.

Scott teaches nationally and internationally, most recently in Paris, France and Arezzo, Italy. In the fall of 2013 Mr. Putman was honored by the U.S. State Department and Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, traveling to China where he taught master classes in EBAS and Contemporary Modern Technique at Beijing Normal University, Daqing University as well as for Beijing’s premier contemporary modern company, LDTX. Scott is also the founder and artistic director of Amaranth Arts, a contemporary modern project-based company presenting dynamic, physically engaging kinetic landscapes supporting his philosophy that choreography is the art of shaping energy in space. The company engages audiences with its dance alchemy, touring internationally in Italy, Mexico and Scotland. Scott has received awards for his work, including the distinguished Theresa Pollack Excellence in the Arts Award in Dance for his work with Amaranth, and the National Choreography Plan Award for exceptional choreography from RDA, Pacific. Scott’s work continues to be presented internationally in Italy, Mexico and Scotland as well as nationally in showcases and festivals with commissions by both ballet and modern dance companies. He has danced for Mordine and Company Dance Theatre, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Donald McKayle, David Alan, Douglas Becker, and Gerri Houlihan. Scott received his B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, and M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine, where he was a Chancellors Fellow and William Gillespie Scholar.