Autumn Eckman is a Chicago based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She instructs dancers of all ages in classical and contemporary ballet, modern and jazz, and is a full time Instructor of Dance at Northern Illinois University's School of Theatre and Dance. Autumn's directorial credits include: Director of Giordano II and Assistant Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago. In 2014, she was the Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, where she recreated a full length version of Scheherazade. A former principal dancer with State Street Ballet, she also danced for companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Giordano Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, RPM Productions and The Cambrians, a new Chicago company led by former Hubbard Street colleague, Benjamin Wardell. Autumn continues to choreograph throughout the United States. She has set works on companies including DanceWorks Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Chicago Repertory Ballet and Vitacca Dance Project (Houston). Her choreographic voice has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "mixing solid design with color and sparkle", and has been recognized by Dance Magazine's Wendy Perron for her work "JOLT" for the Giordano company. She was named a " Top Player in the Arts" in Newcity Publication, a "Stand-Out Choreographer" I'm the Chicago Tribune, and an awardee of " New Choreographic Voice" for Dance Chicago. She is a recipient of the University of Kansas Choreographic Fellowship in 2013. Autumn is also a faculty member for the Youth and Professional Divisions of the Bates Dance Festival. Autumn has danced for Ron De Jesus Dance since 2011.