Ila Conoley Paladino began her studies at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and continued her training at the Alabama Dance Theatre. There, Ila performed in classic, neoclassical, and contemporary ballets. She earned her BA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Ila returned to Colorado Springs as the chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Dance Department. She has performed with the Ormao Dance Company and Push/Don’t Pull Dance Theatre as well as numerous independent choreographers. Ila has choreographed for a myriad of companies and schools such as The Moving Collective, Flatlands Contemporary Dance Theatre, Texas Technical University, Dragon Theatre Productions, and Ormao Dance Company.
Ila choreographs concert dance, site-specific work, dance theatre, and community modern. Ila is an instructor of modern dance, ballet, dance appreciation, dance history, and composition and has taught courses and master classes at various institutions throughout the nation such as Colorado Mesa University, New Mexico State University, University of Texas El Paso, and University of Kentucky. Ila continues her dance journey as a freelance artist and as director and choreographer of ICONography Dance.