Gregg Lizenbery



Gregg Lizenbery was fortunate to begin his 50 year professional dance career with RDT.  It was like a doctoral study program without leaving home—renown teachers and choreographers traveled from around the world to us:  Anna Sokalow, Jose Limon, Viola Farber, Matt Mattox! An exceptional education in different styles and techniques which set the tone for the rest of Lizenbery’s work with other companies, in his own solo concert and his academic career.  He danced for many years with the Bill Evans Dance Company, then explored solo work with his one-man concert, “Men Dancing, A Retrospective of Men in Dance 1930s-1980s” He accepted a position at the University of Hawaii where he became Professor and Director of Dance for 25 years while continuing to dance professionally. His research included the video, “Donald McKayle:  Heartbeats of a Dancer” the most complete visual exploration of McKayle as an artist, choreographer, exceptional person and educator. The McKayle video took 14 years to complete and over $400,000 in private, local and national grants.


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