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Kenny Pearl

Performance Dance

Kenny Pearl began formal dance training at eighteen with David Earle and Patricia Beatty and at the National Ballet School of Canada. He moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in English literature. New York career highlights: danced for five years around the world with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Donald McKayle Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, New York City Opera Ballet; rehearsal director for the Graham Company; teacher at the schools of the Graham and Ailey companies, and at the Juilliard School of Music; comedy cabaret with Julie Halston.

Toronto and Ontario highlights: performer with the Stratford Theatre Festival; Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre (1983-87); teacher for twelve years each at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and at Ryerson University. Other teaching: Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal, and Mexico City; rehearsal director for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie; director of bi-annual workshops for emerging artists, the Emerging Artist Intensives (15 so far); producer, twice, of Ryerson’s Choreographic Works; director of the Teachers Collective, GMD, since Jan 2011; wrote Dance/Life, a book which offers support to emerging artists.

His new book, The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir, is now available. During Barreworks fitness centre’s first year, Kenny helped to shape the program and to train teachers, and continues as a consultant.