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On February 17, 2017

Brian Reeder

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Brian Reeder was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania and began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Programs, he then studied at the School of American Ballet. Before joining American Ballet Theatre (1994-2003), Mr. Reeder performed as a soloist with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1990-1993) and also danced with New York City Ballet (1986-1990).

As a choreographer Mr. Reeder has created nine original works for ABT II and a pas de deux for American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala (2007), accompanied by world-renown concert pianist Lang Lang. Brian was the recipient of a New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Grant (2005) in collaboration with the Washington Ballet, where he has done several works on the main company as well as their second company. He has also created and restaged his ballets on Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Grandiva and Ballet Pacifica. A new piece for Sacramento Ballet will be presented thanks to the generous gift of a Jerome Robbins Foundation Grant.

In addtion, Mr. Reeder’s work has been produced three times by the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum, one of which was done in collaboration with modern choreographer, Pam Tanowitz. > Brian has taught and choreographed at multiple ballet academies, regional dance companies and prestigious universities including Brown University, Emory University, Barnard College and The Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Also, this Fall Goucher College will perform a new work by Mr. Reeder. > Brian was involved with the ABT Education Department’s Make a Ballet program (2004-2006), is currently on staff at ABT’s Summer Intensives in NYC and is the Coordinating Director of Dance Bermuda, ABT’s International Summer Dance Intensive.

He has been a guest teacher at several institutions: The Alvin Ailey School, School at STEPS, Studio Maestro, Orange County High School of the Arts, Newark Arts High School, Icelantic National Ballet Company , Peridance Capezio Center and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company. > Mr. Reeder had the pleasure of creating the choreographic sequences for the independent film “American Primitive”. He also recently made the dance moves for a music video, “Brit Slap”, performed by American Idol contestant, Norman Gentle. Brian was honored to let his work process be the focus of Elliot Caplan’s unconventional 18 hour documentary project, “15 Days of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light”. Selected sections of the film have been screened at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and will also be shown in venues to be announced in the near future.

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