Rich Grund (Choreographer) is a proud alumnus of Northern Illinois University, where he completed his Theatre BFA in Dance Performance with minors in Music and Theatre. Upon graduation, Mr. Grund joined the Dayton Ballet performing principal and soloist roles in over 40 ballets in the company’s repertoire including works by Alvin Ailey, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Dermot Burke, Stephen Mills, Collin Connor, Christopher Fleming and many others. His most recognized performances include leading roles in Dracula,Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, TOMMY,Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. In addition, he was appointed Rehearsal Captain for the company and assisted in staging company repertoire. He received the Josie Award in 2008 for outstanding artistry in dance. Mr. Grund toured three years with David Taylor Dance Theater, now Zikr Dance Ensemble, performing throughout the United States and internationally. Other international credits include dancing by invitation with the Finnish National Ballet and a performance residency in Cuba commissioned through the Harkness Foundation. He then accepted Artistic Directorship for the Colorado Conservatory of Dance for three years, prior to joining the School of Theatre and Dance at NIU as Assistant Professor. Mr. Grund received his MA in Education from the Royal Academy of Dance. His continued professional production credits include répétiteur and rehearsal work for Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Panand Carmenballets for Colorado Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Kansas City Ballet companies.
Ballet, male technique, partnering, dance history, dance pedagogy
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