Noumenon Dance Ensemble is committed to fostering a collaborative environment for professional dancers and choreographers. Its mission is to elevate dance artists of varying genders/ethnicities/physiques, fostering an environment of diversity and representation. NDE nurtures a safe and stimulating atmosphere, promoting the growth of these artists through inspiration and opportunity. 


Performing throughout Chicago, NDE focuses on making dance accessible to underserved communities. 


Noumenon Dance Ensemble has gained recognition from local and regional festivals for the athleticism and choreographic originality of its work.

Read our full history here!


Erin Murphy graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance. Her performance credits include principal roles in choreography by Thang Dao, Peter Sparling, and Patrick Corbin. In 2008, she performed with the Spinal Tap World Tour – Unwigged and Unplugged.


Moving to Chicago, she trained as a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater II, developing her artistry and refining her movement quality. She grew to performing and training with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in 2011.


In 2012, she founded Dancehall Twigs alongside musician Jamie Dull. The project produced two full length concerts of collaborative live rock music and dance. Erin took on the role of Artistic Director, responsible for the dance vision, execution, and choreography.


Returning to the stage in 2016, Erin joined as a company member of Noumenon Dance Ensemble. With the company, she has performed in leading roles for work by Alia Simon Montijo and Kristi Andarcia. In the 2017-2018 season, she began teaching and coaching along with performing at NDE. She assumed the role of Artistic Director of Noumenon Dance Ensemble in 2018, continuing the company’s legacy established by her predecessors of creating high quality dance performance and choreography.

Erin head.jpeg

Nina-Rose Wardanian is originally from Chicago, IL. She began her formal training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, where she studied under Homer Bryant, and later went on to teach classes.


Upon graduating, she attended the University of Missouri Kansas City. From there Nina went on to join the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, where she performed numerous works by Artistic Director Bernard Gaddis as well as “Vespers” by Ulysses Dove. She was a founding cast member and dance captain for the Lawrence Arts Center’s “Midnight Visit to the Grave of Poe.” She also danced in the Moncler fashion show for Giambattista Valli in the fall of 2017 at Paris Fashion week.


Nina has been a resident choreographer for the Bryant Youth Professionals since 2014. She spent 2012-2019 with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, where she also served as rehearsal director. 


Nina has choreographed multiple works for Noumenon Dance Ensemble, in addition to serving as 2018/19 Resident Choreographer. She is so excited to continue her journey with NDE!


Alison 1.jpeg
Caitlin 2.jpeg
Tara 2.jpeg