Collegiate Affiliation

Carl Flink is the Artistic Director of the award winning dance company Black Label Movement (Minneapolis, MN) and the Director of Dance at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Featured in Dance Magazine's January 2014 issue, Flink’s dancemaking is noted for its intense athleticism and physical risk taking, compositional intelligence and humanistic themes for both contemporary dance and theater. He was a member the Limón Dance Company during much of the 1990s. He also worked with Creach/Koester Men Dancing, Janis Brenner & Dancers and JoAnna Mendl Shaw, as well as, project with Paul Tayler and Bill T. Jones, among others while based in New York City.  His commissions and invited presentations include the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), The Minnesota Orchestra, MADCO (St. Louis, MO), University of Florida Performing Arts (Gainesville, FL), Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL) and Urbanity Dance (Boston, MA), among many others. He is a two-time Mcknight Choreography Fellow.

Since 2010, he has become a successful and award winning choreographer and movement director for theater with multiple award winning and critically acclaimed productions with Black Label Movement, Theatre Latté Da (Mpls, MN) and The Guthrie Theater (Mpls, MN), among others. 

Carl has received significant recognition for his innovative collaborations with scientific researchers through his Moving Cell Project with University of Minnesota biomedical engineer David Odde and the creation of multiple embodied TED talks, including Dance v. Powerpoint: A Modest Proposal. Their Bodystorming System, a rapid modeling technique using human bodies and choreographic strategies, has been highlighted by Science MagazineDance Magazine, Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Original and TPT TV Takeover and TED Talks for TEDx Brussels and TEDMED 2013 (Washington D.C.). During the COVID pandemic, he moved into the realm of screendance, creating two dance films in 2021: A Dream of Touch When Touch Is Gone and cage(d) which have combined to receive over 40 laurels from Dance Festivals across the country and 11 countries beyond. 

He is the Dance Program Director and the Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance. 

Carl holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School JD and was a Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. attorney (St. Paul, MN) from 2001-2004. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude: Political Science & Women's Studies, University of Minnesota, 1990 -
  • J.D.: Law, Stanford Law School, May 2001


  • Choreography
  • Performance Direction
  • Dance
  • Dance Composition
  • Collaborations between Science and Dance
  • Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Contemporary Dance Partnering Technique
  • Academic Leadership & Administration