First diagnosed with fibromyalgia while in the dance program at NYU Tisch, Casey forged a niche pathway focusing on performance production, choreography, and movement therapy. In their independent study Casey spoke with multiple child athletes about their individual experiences with chronic pain, and childhood traumas while conducting literary study under Elizabeth Coker to learn more about neurobiology and creative arts therapies. Since then they have been developing dance modalities designed to increase body awareness and understanding of pain.
While at NYU Casey Hall-Landers founded and became the artistic director and producer of Access Arts NYC: an interdisciplinary art festival they conceived and executed with a team of students dedicated to providing accessible and affordable events for public engagement in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Access Arts NYC also provided educational opportunities for artists to learn about accessible design in live events as well as provide collaborative performance opportunities for NYU students.
After graduating from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Dance Casey continued their education in live event production at Berklee NYC. In their work as a graduate assistant for the director of education and the live experience design program they produced the Access Live Events Conference, an event dedicated to fostering conversation about accessible design in live events, and authored a beginners guide to accessible design for students.
Having recently graduated from Berklee College of Music at Berklee NYC with a Masters in Creative Media and Technology: Live Experience Design, Casey continues to advocate for accessibility while working in the live event production sphere and works closely with artistic partner Elicia Neo on the development of their collaborative exhibition Pain/Relief. Casey and Elicia recently were able to share more about their process with fellow musicians, researchers, and conservatory students at the YST Performers(') Present 2023 in Singapore, empowering them to explore the possibilities of access in their own works.
From age 6 to 18 Casey trained in extreme competitive martial arts: a performance-based Tai Kwon Do, acrobatics fusion. Their training and athleticism made the inclusion of dance into their daily life seamless. In attending the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) Casey was exposed to modern dance, ballet, Irish step dance, flamenco, jazz, tap, and musical theater. Here, Casey performed work by renowned choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Hope Boykin, and Christopher Huggins. Their love for choreography and teaching blossomed when they began mentoring young martial artists and assisting with dance classes. As Casey coached and choreographed they began developing a style of teaching dedicated to empowering young artists and athletes to establish healthy relationships with their body concept, autonomy, and consent. This style continues in their work today focused on movement practices for body awareness and pain.
View Casey's first published work of poetry in the 2020-2021 edition of the West 10th NYU Literary Journal.
Coming soon ... Blue Morning Hours, a collection of poems exploring moments of solitude with pain.