10 Hairy Legs, Randy James, Raritan Valley Community College
10 Hairy Legs is funded in part by a leadership grant from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Randy James, Founding Artistic Director of 10 Hairy Legs, has made a significant impact in the field of dance for more than three decades locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as ahighly regarded dancer (Dan Wagoner and Dancers, Princeton Ballet), choreographer, teacher and staunch advocate of the arts.
James has an international following as a master teacher and choreographer, receiving commissions from dance companies, colleges and universities across the nation. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State honored him with a 1994-95 Choreography Fellowship in recognition of his artistic excellence and named him "Distinguished Teaching Artist."
He has been a guest artist at various institutions, including American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and School, VIIAnnual International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Poland, Tage des Tanzas in Germany and Austria, Fine Five School in Estonia, Via Danse in Latvia, Dance Space, Inc., SUNY Purchase, George Mason University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, East Carolina University and Ram Island Dance, among others.
THE BANG GROUP, founded in 1995 by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin who continue to direct the company together, is devoted to Parker's love of rhythmic form and the humor which flows inevitably from it. TBG appears regularly throughout NYC and has been presented in ten full evening programs at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) including Nut/Cracked (which will celebrate its 10thconsecutive season in December!). The company has appeared in 13 countries and 23 of the United States. TBG has been in residence every summer at Concord Summer Stages Dance Festival in Massachusetts for the past 12 years and has presented almost all of Parker's new work there.
Born in France, Manuel studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with contemporary French choreographers including Claude Brumachon, CorinneLanselle, Karine Saporta and Bernardo Montet. Manuel worked with Redha, a modern-jazz choreographer, and has performed for television, video, fashion, opera and musicals. He has also been assistant choreographer in collaboration with Alvin Ailey (USA), Het Nationale Ballet(Nederland) and State Theater Dance Company (South Africa).
In recent years, Manuel danced for Ballet du Grand Théatre de Genève (Switzerland) whish was named best European Ballet Company in 2006. There he worked with choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Adonis Foniadakis, Cisco Aznar, Annabelle Ochoa Lopez, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied, Malou Airaudo among others. At Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) he has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Didy Veldman, Jo Stromgren, Alexander Eckman and Benoit-Swan Pouffer. Manuel is currently a freelance choreographer performing his own work in Switzerland (Antigel Festival 2012, Tanzfaktor Interregio 2011 and at Geneva Opera House), in France (Theatre Charles Dullin), and in New York (New York City Center studio, Dixon Place, French and Filipino Ambassies and for « Artist emerging from the earth »).
Choreographer Claire Porter, known for her comedic text and movement work and her skilled teaching, has received many commissions and honors including those from The National Endowment forArts, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Live Music for Dance Commissioning Project and The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics, and is a Laban Movement Analyst.
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