HELEN SIMONEAU is a native of Québec, Canada. Her company, Helen Simoneau Danse, is based in both NYC and Winston-Salem, NC. In 2010, she won The A.W.A.R.D. Show! NYC with her solo “the gentleness was in her hands.” This work was also awarded 1st Place for Choreography at the 13th Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009. Simoneau returned to Germany in 2010 as one of three finalists for the Kurt Jooss Prize in Essen for her quintet “Flight Distance I.” Her choreography has been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and has toured throughout Germany and the United States. In 2007, she was selected as one of five choreographers for the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich and, in 2006, as one of four choreographers for the Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard. In 2010, she was an artist-in-residence at Bates Dance Festival in Maine.
Helen Simoneau is a 2010 North Carolina Arts Council Choreographic Fellow and has received funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and The North Carolina Dance Alliance. She has created new works for the American Dance Festival (NC), the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (MI) and has restaged her work for The University of Oklahoma, Wake Forest University (NC), University of the Arts (PA), Hollins University (VA), Dickinson College (PA), and Roger Williams University (RI). Simoneau has served as adjunct faculty at the American Dance Festival, UNCSA, and UNCG and has taught as full-time guest faculty at Hollins University and UNCSA. Simoneau earned a BFA from UNCSA and a MFA from Hollins University.