Title: Choreographic Mentor
Company: New York University NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Location: New York, New York, United States
Gus Solomons Jr., Choreographic Mentor at New York University NYU Tisch School of the Arts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dance and choreography.
For over five decades, Mr. Solomons has excelled as a groundbreaking dancer, choreographer and teacher. While studying toward his Bachelor of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he received in 1961, he trained in postmodern and experimental dance with the Boston Conservatory of Music from 1956 to 1959, the Robert Cohan Studio from 1957 to 1960, and the Dance Makers company. He excelled in both technical and modern dance performance with the renowned Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Merce Cunningham companies from 1962 to 1968.
Mr. Solomons founded The Solomons Company in 1972, where he excelled as a performer and artistic director creating over 165 pieces, many of whose detailed and analytical compositions were influenced by his years studying architecture with MIT. In addition, he spent two years as dean and artistic director at the In addition, he spent two years as dean and artistic director with California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, 1976 to 1978, and in 1980, initiated a lengthy career as a dance critic, appearing for many years in the pages of The Village Voice, Attitude, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
As an arts professor with New York University Tisch School of the Arts from 1994 to 2013, Mr. Solomons taught modern dance technique, improvisation, and composition, creative research in dance, and served as a choreographic mentor for dance students. He also taught at various other institutions part-time as an associate professor of dance, including the University of California Los Angeles and Texas Christian University, and served as a guest lecturer and choreographer at many dance companies, schools, and other organizations, including as a mentor in the ChoreoLab Initiative with the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2012 to the present. After closing The Solomons Company he founded the new company PARADIGM in 1996 with Carmen de Lavallade and Dudley Williams, touring the company with a troupe of mature dancers to great acclaim.
Among Mr. Solomons’ many career honors are the Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance from the American Dance Guild; recognition as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar under which he toured various universities across the United States; the Balasaraswat/Beineke Distinguished Teaching Award; the Bessie Award, the highest award bestowed to downtown performers and independent groups; the Master Teacher Award given by NYU; and a fellowship in the National Endowment for the Arts.
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