Lorelei E. Bayne (she, hers), is a choreographer, performer, producer, educator/scholar, and live arts advocate. She has created original works since 1993 with Lorelei Bayne Projects, and her works have been presented throughout New York City and nationally in venues such as DanceNOW/ NYC Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival/ NYC, Women Center Stage Festival/ NYC, Free Range Arts Humor Series/ NYC, Merce Cunningham Studio, Wax Works/Brooklyn, Solo Arts/NYC, Context Theatre/ NYC, Flynn Theatre/Vermont, University Settlement for the Arts/NYC, the Florida Dance Festival, Tampa Museum of Art, Crocker Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and The Guild Theatre and 24 th St. Theatre in Sacramento.
Lorelei began dancing in Tampa, at the University of South Florida with mentors William “Bill” Hug, Lynne Wimmer, Gretchen Warren, Sandra Robinson, and Gary Lund, where she earned a BA in Dance. She then taught and performed on the East Coast with Philadelphia-based, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre and Karen Bamonte Danceworks/Amphora, and during her 14 years of professional work based in New York City, she performed with Elizabeth Streb, Clarinda MacLow/cml performance group, FREEFALL/NYC, and many independent dance makers.
Lorelei has had the pleasure of performing in the works of 20th century dance notables Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Ann Reinking, May O’Donnell, and Mark Dendy. She received an MFA in Dance from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied on scholarship with Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons Jr., Phyllis Lamhut, Linda Tarnay, Kathy Grant, Pamela Pietro, Jaclyn Villamill, Cherilyn Lavagnino, and Andy Tierstein. Lorelei’s broad experience in the dance field includes work as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools, and serving on faculty at James Madison University, Western Connecticut State University, and the University of South Florida.
She has taught at CSU Summer Arts, Capitol City Ballet Studio, UC Davis, Louisiana’s Twin City Ballet, Rowan University, Hofstra University, Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon, St. Joseph’s College, KidAction/Streb at St. Mark’s Church, Integral Yoga Institute/NYC, Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul, among many others. Her original dance theatre works have been performed in the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Association (ACDA) by the University of Vermont and have gone to the Southwest and West ACDA Gala’s for Sacramento State University in 2007 and 2010. She served on the national ACDA Board of Directors for six years and is a current Board Member for Capital Public Radio. Lorelei is creator and founder of the annual Sacramento Dance Sampler, HATCH/Dance Works in Progress and the SacChoreoLab. From 2007-2010, she was Co-Artistic Director of Sacramento-based, Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater, and from 2013-2015, she produced original works as part of DIG/ Dancers Investigation Group. Since 2005, Lorelei has been a professor at CSU Sacramento and has served as the Chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance (2018-2021), as well as departmental Vice Chairperson (2013-2018), and as the Dance Coordinator (2006-2013). The recipient of many grants and awards, including the 2014 Outstanding Teacher in the CSUS College of Arts and Letters and the Peter H. Shattuck Outstanding Teaching Award.
Lorelei's primary area of research and inquiry are the intersections of composition, collaboration, and equity. She explores and creates dance-driven, new performance forms that seek to touch audiences, expand social consciousness, and uplift empathy through the creation of art.