The 5 Things You Need to be a Successful Working Choreographer with Ray Mercer

Join Ray as he shares the five key components that every emerging artist should have in their pocket to become a successful work choreographer. These five tools will help you navigate through expanding ideas, thinking outside the box, and finding way that your work can be seen!

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Nebraska Standards for Education, Dance:

FA 8.1.1
FA 8.1.4
FA 8.3.1
FA 8.3.2
FA 8.5.3
FA 8.5.4
FA 12.1.1
FA 12.1.4
FA 12.3.1
FA 12.3.2
FA 12.5.3
FA 12.5.4

About Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, has been a member of the Tony Award-winning cast of Disney's The Lion King for over 16 years. Throughout his ongoing Broadway run, he has simultaneously emerged as one of New York City's most prolific choreographers. Mercer is Resident Choreographer for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. Mercer is the recipient of many awards including a 2012 Joffrey Ballet Choreographers of Color Award, a Pensacola Ballet Choreographers Award, and he is a five-time winner of Broadway’s Gypsy of the Year Award for best onstage performance. Mercer has set works on various companies across the country including Philadanco, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, New Jersey Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ballet Pensacola, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and DRA (Dancers Responding to Aids). He has performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and as a guest artist with Boston Ballet. Recently acknowledged for his choreography in The New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, and Movement Magazine, Mercer has also been commissioned to choreograph a work for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

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