A professor of dance and chair of the Theatre Arts & Dance department at the University of Minnesota, Carl Flink's grants and awards include a 2012 regional Emmy Award for the TPT MN Original episode featuring his choreography, 2008 and 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography, Twin Cities City Pages 2012 Best Choreographer and Artist of the Year, 2011 and 2012 Live Music for Dance MN grants and a 2010 and 2012 Ivey Awards recipient. During much of the 1990s, he was a member of the Limon Dance Company and Creach/Koester Men Dancing. He is also the founder and artistic director of Minneapolis/St. Paul based movement theater Black Label Movement (BLM - www.blacklabelmovement.com). Flink's dancemaking is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring risk taking and humanistic themes. Institutions that have presented/commissioned his choreography include the Bates Dance Festival, TED, TEDx Brussels, Theater Latte Da (Mpls, MN), the Chicago Humanities Festival, The Minnesota Orchestra, Company C Contemporary Ballet (San Francisco, CA) and Same Planet Different World (Chicago, IL), as well as, dance programs such as the University of Illinois, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, Mount Holyoke and the University of Kansas. Flink is currently in the third year of a research collaboration with biomedical engineer David Odde at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study called The Moving Cell Project. In July 2012, Flink will join Odde at The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA to work with scientists on a research technique called "Bodystorming" developed in the Moving Cell Project. This project also includes Flink's collaboration with Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon. Flink, Bohannon and BLM created "A Modest Proposal" for the 2011 TEDx Brussels with over 1.5 million internet views and another yet to be launched presentation for TED 2012: Full Spectrum entitled "The Facts of Life Talk." Beyond the dance world, he holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and was a staff attorney with Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. from 2001-2004.

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, 2001 -


  • Choreography
  • Performance Direction
  • Dance
  • Dance Composition
  • Collaborations between Science and Dance
  • Theater
  • Musical Theater