Christopher M. Dance is a figurative sculptor from Indianapolis, IN. Dance’s classical figurative approach exists as an anachronism and also as a celebration of history, craft, and the beauty and mystery of the human form and psyche.
He is a classically trained artist who studied at Herron School of Art and Design, as well as in Italy. Dance has been a teacher at Pike High School in Indianapolis for 12 years serving as the main ceramics and sculpture instructor.
Universal themes and delicate mysteries evoke the power and drama of the posture and gesture, and create a play between subject and viewer. Dance is intrigued by what the form reveals and conceals by ways of movement and dialogue and seeks to capture the moment where physicality bends to the realm of the unseen and the magic of our everyday existence is revealed.
As an educator at a school where over 90 languages are spoken, and countless cultural narratives are represented, he seeks to incorporate this multicultural slice of life and spirit into these static objects. He wants to show the tension, and release that is the shared human struggle, and to create a connecting point for these stories to live and breathe and change in a way that only that only stories of collective imagination can do.
His work has been featured on Fox59, WFYI Public Radio, Indianapolis Star, and NUVO Indy. Dance’s works are in the permanent collection of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum, Center for Victim and Human Rights, and Big Car Collaborative.