Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer and dancer, recognized in Dance Magazine's 2019 “25 to Watch". He directs Pioneer Winter Collective, a contemporary dance and physical theater company of allied bodies, who democratize performance in public spaces, museums/galleries, stage, and film.
Pioneer develops his work through local engagement practices, like Werqshop for emerging LGBT+ artists, intergenerational labs and social activities with Lambda Living, a service program for LGBT elders, and weekly workshops at Lotus House, a women’s shelter that includes youth. Winter has curated and directed ScreenDance Miami Festival since 2016, presented first by Tigertail Productions and now by Miami Light Project; his own films screen internationally.
He holds an MPH Public Health and Epidemiology from Florida International University and MFA Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, as the first artist recipient of the Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholarship. Outside of his company, Pioneer teaches in areas of social justice and art, epistemology, and dance at FIU, where he has been a faculty fellow in the Honors College since 2014, dance minor coordinator and adjunct faculty in the Theatre Department since 2018.
Photo by Mitchell Zachs
Creative Administration Research Artist (2021-2023)
Technical Residency Artist (2021)