Virginia Coleman

founding moving artist

Virginia was born in Memphis, Tennessee to two itinerant college professors and grew up in Alabama with her two sisters. She has been moving professionally, in the public sphere and on the stage, since 2004. Her career began at the Atlanta Ballet where she performed in numerous classical works and new creations. She worked with Lauri Stallings during her time as choreographer in residence at the ballet, which sparked Virginia’s desire for explorative creative process.

Since glo’s inception, Virginia has gratefully collaborated with Stallings and the moving artist team to share hundreds of new public performances, installations, interventions, and exhibitions across the state. She has also travelled with glo to participate in works created for Art Basel Miami, Cirque du Soleil, and Creative Time’s Drifting in Daylight in New York’s Central Park. During this time, she has also been provided many opportunities for developing other facets of her artistry. She has brought an original work by Stallings to the Inwood Dance Company in West Virginia, and re-staged Stallings’ Tortoise and the Hare for the Theater for the Very Young at the Alliance.

Virginia deeply honors and is invested in glo’s social practice. This essential aspect of the work inspires her to travel to participate in service projects across the globe. In 2014 she joined Seeds of Knowledge in Benin, Africa and created a youth-oriented movement-based French language class. She also joins Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros each summer working on development and education initiatives in rural villages of Guatemala. Among the many things Virginia has discovered about herself is a love for getting her hands in the earth, working in gardens, and mindful cooking. These interests are all expressions of her commitment to the body as a vehicle for possibility and grace, allowing for the healing powers of movement to grow within.