Milton Myers received his B.F.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a founding member, performer, and assistant to the director with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Myers, upon the death of Joyce Trisler, was also the artistic director of the Joyce Tristler Danscompany for seven years. He has taught for Ballet Hispanico, New Danish Dance Theatre, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Bat-Dor, Batsheva, Kansas City Ballet, Matthew Bourne's Male Swan Lake Company on Broadway, Ballet Stagium in Sao-Paulo, Brazil, Danny Grossman Company, and Ballet Creole in Canada. He is a professional instructor for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has been an instructor and resident choreographer for the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) since 1986.

Myers has been an artist-in-residence at the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Brown University, Howard University in Washington D.C., the New York LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in Canada, the Dance Masters at Wesleyan University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Myers is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School, being the first Horton teacher and first African American male on dance faculty, the Ailey Fordham University program, Steps on Broadway dance studio, and Peridance in New York City.

Myers teaches extensively throughout Europe, Israel, South America, Canada, and the United States. He has taught at several prominent festivals in Vienna, Moscow, Paris, Germany, Italy, Greece, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, and Israel. Myers has choreographed for the Trisler Danscompany, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Carmen de Lavallade, Judith Jamison, New Danish Dance Theatre, Philadanco, Kansas City Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole, and various university in the United States.

Myers was commissioned to choreograph Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert for Philadanco and the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, the 55th anniversary of the Philadelphia Orchestra with Philadanco at Academy of Music, and for Ailey II and Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall. His choreography has earned him recognition and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council, CAPS Choreography Award (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation), Phillip Morris New Work Fund, Dance USA/Philadelphia, Dance Alliance and Jacob's Pillow. In 2014, the International Association of Blacks in Dance is honoring Myers for his extraordinary teaching and mentorship to dancers worldwide. This marks his 28th year mentoring students at The School at Jacob's Pillow.

Milton Myers

Contemporary Program Director | July 13-August 2, 2015

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