John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has worked with Philadelphia schools and companies, including University of the Arts, where he is Accompanist Coordinator for the School of Dance. In 1995, he was commissioned by Dance Spotlight to compose and perform the musical score for two videos/DVDs on Lester Horton technique, created with staff and dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has composed ballet scores, including a score for Milton Myers as part of Philadanco's 35th anniversary in 2004 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Levis continues to compose for dance, to work with independent film projects, and to compose instrumental compositions of all kinds. This is Levis' 20th year on faculty at The School at Jacob's Pillow.
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