"Bad Boy of Modern Dance"
Born in Seattle, Washington.
Learned how to read music when he was young.
Moved to Spain at young age.
Studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson.
Inspired by the José Greco Flamenco Company- to become a Spanish dancer.
Began as a professional dancer at age 11.
At age 14, he joined the Koleda Folk Ensemble and began choreographing.
Companies: Lara Lubovitch, Hannah Khan, Laura Dean, Eliot Field, Roleda Balkan Dance Ensemble.
Created the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Founded the White Oak Dance Project.
Predominate in ballet choreography. Musicality- "underrating in his devotion to music."
Famous works: The Nutcracker (1990), Grand Duo (1993), and L' Allegro il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato"
Death Dances- to carry on legacy
Movement Style- European folk dance, classical ballet, and modern
Open, raw, and authentic.
From Kansas City, Missouri
One of 6 siblings
African culture- Jazz Style- African influence on modern.
Trained with Joseph Stevenson, a student of Katherine Dunham.
B.A. in dance from University of Missouri
M.F.A in dance from Florida State University.
"Urban Bush Woman" -Company
Used Women as a catalyst for social change->
Female body, racism, myths, Sexist stereotypes, post- modern conventions.
Science of hip hop. Catapults them over the rainbow.
Live music, vocalists during performances.
Movement style- free, powerful, wild, yet clean.
Movement represented religious traditions and folklore of African Diaspora.
Awards: honorary docurate (2002), dorris duke performing arts award (2013).
Famous works: Petal Primus and Walking With Pearl.