Louisa Pancoast

Performer. Curator. Writer.



Louisa received her formal training in her home state of New Hampshire. She is a graduate of the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center, New York, NY, and was part of the inaugural group at the Barton Movement's Axis Connect. She has also performed professionally in New York with such choreographers as Yvonne Rainer for the Museum of Modern Art's Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done exhibition, Diego Funes, Pat Catterson, Sommer Ulrickson and Alexander Polzin at the 92nd Street YMCA, Cleo Mack and Rock Dance Collective, Pramila Vasudevan, Michelle Thompson-Ulerich, Emily Bufferd, Jacqueline Dugal, Monica Hogan, Yuki Hasagawa, and Joyce King. Louisa's film work includes videos directed by The Kuperman Brothers and Gierre Godley; and rapper Lando Chill's music video, "Light Her." Louisa's choreographic endeavors include Strange Girl Dances: A Visual Duet with Melissa Stern, at Garvey|Simon Gallery, New York, NY and an adaptation of W.B. Yeats' play Purgatory. She also served as co-choreographer on Absence: a dance film, and First in Half, Then in Quarters, produced by Mixily Presents. In addition to performing, Louisa holds her B.A. in English Literature and Art History from New York University. She is interested in finding the intersections between different mediums and modes of communication in all of her work.



Performance Reel

Featuring work by Pat Catterson, Pramila Vasudevan, Diego Funes, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, Melissa Stern, Jacqui Dugal, and Monica Hogan. Edited lovingly by Jacqueline Donahue.




FEMPIRE A work in progress

Margret Echeverria | Aug 22, 2019

A review of Smashwork Dance Collective's Fempire at The Tank, New York, NY.


Smashworks at Arts Alive

November 12, 6:30 + 8:30pm
Arts on Site, St. Mark's Place

Join us as we come together (safely) for our first live performance since before the global pandemic. Featuring new works-in-progress and 3 new company artists, this evening will share the beginning stages of our evening length work DRENCHED, to premiere with water in 2021.

For Which it Stands: Virtual Premiere

October 15th at 7:00 PM - November 3rd at 8:00 PM

Smashworks Dance presents a slice of history in its encore VIRTUAL premiere of FOR WHICH IT STANDS, an evening length political work featuring original sound score and projection.

October 15-17 & October 22-24

Your ticket ($20.20) includes a link to our 40 min performance + time stamps and historical references for each “dance episode” + additional tools from Vote Forward to promote voter turnout!

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to When We All Vote - a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race & age voting gap.

With only weeks until the 2020 presidential election, let us revisit this devilishly witty snapshot of history retooled for the virtual stage.


A dance film with Diego Funes
On view in perpetuity

In Absence, mind and body are in conflict. A character contemplates the absence of a loved one in analytical detachment, while the body yearns for the physical sensation of being touched, held, cherished. We figure out who we are and how view ourselves based on how we interact with other people.

Absence asks who we are when everyday interaction is removed. Created in New York City in response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Absence finds its central figure working to offset a present reality where nothing changes until finally being able to hit reset. But even then, can we actually restart, or do we merely adapt to a new reality? And is a new beginning what we really need?


Be excellent to each other

Large gatherings are on hiatus and a physical wedge has been shoved between us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t share. Be kind to each other. Stay patient. Stay graceful. See you on the other side.

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Additional Services



Grant and publicity writing for dancers and choreographers

In addition to performing, Louisa has worked for both non-profit and commercial arts organizations as a writer. Her dual roles as artist and writer have given her a unique insight into translating the physical into the verbal. She offers grant and marketing writing on a freelance basis.


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