Kirstie Simson is renowned as a legendary teacher, and award-winning performer of Dance Improvisation with training in Contact Improvisation, Akaido, and Somatic Practices. According to Time Out magazine, she has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance”. For thirteen years Kirstie was a tenured professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois. In August 2020 she returned to her home base in Wales from where she continues to share her work internationally. She is currently serving on the Academic Advisory Board for Black Mountain College in Wales; an academic/practice-based curriculum, marrying the Arts and Sciences, designed to create an innovative degree course of planet-centric education.