A fifth generation Californian, she trained in the interdisciplinary environment of CalArts and was seasoned as a dancer by ten years of national and international touring in the company of West Coast dance legend, Bella Lewitzky. Between 1984 and 2009 she directed her downtown Los Angeles-based performance ensemble, Loretta Livingston & Dancers, performing in California, the western and Midwestern United States, Alaska, New Zealand and Korea. She, her company and her collaborators were recognized with many honors, including multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards for choreography and performance, the California Dance Educators Association Artist Award (Livingston, 2003), a California DanceMaker Grant (2003), a COLA Individual Artist Award from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (Livingston, 2002), and the Distinguished Artist Award from the Music Center of Los Angeles County (Livingston, 1994).
Currently an independent choreographer, Livingston focuses on collaborations that cross cultural and international lines, representing a shift in her work that began in 2003 when she was selected by the U.S. Department of State, Cultural Programs, to be a dance artist in residence in the Modern Dance Program at Yildiz University, Istanbul, Turkey, in a special initiative that placed five American dance artists in five Islamic countries.
Livingston’s international works have been seen as part of the Dance Camera Istanbul Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, (2009, 2007), in the Singapore Dans Festival at the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay (2009, 08, 07) in the Seong Nam International Dance Festival, collaborating with Korean choreographer Kim, Sam-Jin, at the Seong Nam Arts Center in Seoul, Korea (2009), and at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall
in Istanbul, Turkey (2004).
A committed dance educator, Livingston has taught as a guest artist in university dance programs throughout the USA, as well as making repeated visits to the Korean National University of Arts, in Seoul, Korea, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a tenured professor in the Dance Department at the University of California, Irvine, where she was honored with the Academic Senate Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching in 2008. She teaches choreography, contemporary dance, improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Pedagogy.
A student as well as a teacher, Livingston became a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst in 2008, and is currently earning her doctorate as a member of the 2010 Doctoral Cohort in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman’s University. Additionally, she is a dharma student, a yogi and Zen practitioner and an admirer of Tai Chi and mixed martial arts. She lives in the Arts District, downtown Los Angeles.