(b Rockford, Ill., 29 Oct. 1959)
US dancer, choreographer, and company director. He studied with various teachers and at the Ailey School (1977), dancing with Missouri Dance Theater (1972–6), Momix (1982–7) and, most importantly, with the Paul Taylor company (1978–87), where he created roles in several Taylor works. He also appeared as a guest artist with White Oak Dance Project (1992), Berlin Opera Ballet (1982), and New York City Ballet (1988–91). In 1987 he founded the Parsons Dance Company in New York for which he has since choreographed over 70 works. His choreographic style, marked by a bold athleticism, fuses both classical and contemporary idioms and Parsons has also worked as a guest choreographer for several ballet companies. A list of his works includes Caught (1982), The Envelope (1986), Elysian Fields (1988), Ring Around the Rosie (mus. Richard Peaslee, 1993), The Almighty (1996), Anthem (1998), Instinct (1998), Fill the Woods With Light (1998), Kind of Blue (mus. Miles Davis 2001), and In the End (mus. Dave Matthews Band, 2005). He has made Walk This Way (1986) for American Ballet Theatre, Inner Rhythm (1987) and Linton (1988) for Batsheva, The Need (1990) for the National Ballet of Canada, Hairy Night on Bald Mountain (1991) for Ballet Chicago, Touch (1996) for New York City Ballet, Pied Piper (mus. Corigliano, 2001), a full-length staging for ABT, and Shining Star (mus. Earth Wind and Fire, 2004) for the Ailey Company.
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