Being in a field where it’s hard to make a living, and living in a city where it’s difficult to “make it”, I am so happy to have recently met Nancy, our featured artist this week! She’s a native New Yorker but has been able to travel the world as a dancer and choreographer. I was immediately impressed by her background, experience, and knowledge about the history and community of dance. She’s a force to be reckoned with, having had a solid and dynamic career, and I admire her passion for story-telling and dedication to dance. With all this knowledge, I had to ask her to join the WMY? project!
Nancy Paris: Dancer & Choreographer
New York, NY
What Moves You?
Anyone exhibiting kindness towards others. Music – I need it to function. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and peanuts. Wine, preferably red – but whatever you have open.
Nancy’s extensive dance background includes training at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theater, and The Martha Graham School. She was a leading performer in Canada’s Contemporary Dancers and the Rod Rodgers Dance Company in New York, and was featured in production shows at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Cafe Versailles in NYC. Nancy has performed and taught internationally, was a guest artist of the Mexican government for an International Modern Dance Festival in Mexico City, and has taught at leading dance academies in New York City, Stockholm, Osaka, Toronto, and Montreal. In 1992, Nancy began her work as a choreographer, creating shows for Harrah’s Atlantic City, The Mirage Las Vegas, and industrial shows for Pepsi International, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Diageo, and GE. In 2011, Nancy and her husband, filmmaker Charles Yurick, created and toured They Called It Rock – a show featuring a mash up of Latin ballroom, jazz, contemporary dance, and Classic Rock music. They are currently developing two projects: Radio 930 a Broadway-style book musical, and dance show 33⅓ – Legendary Music In Motion. Other projects together include the film documentary Never Stand Still – Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow and the 2011 US Tennis Opening Night Ceremony televised on ESPN.
Check out more about her latest show here.
Far left photo credits @ Lois Greenfield.