David Parsons

Profile: Born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City, David Parsons enjoys a career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer.

The Early Years: He was a lead dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and in 1987 founded The Parsons Dance Company with lighting designer Howell Binkley.

Choreography: Mr. Parsons has created over 70 works for his company and received commissions from American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. His work has been performed by the Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, English National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company and BatSheva Dance Company of Israel, among others.

Awards: Mr. Parsons is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award. In 2001 he received an American Choreography Award for his work as a co-producer of Aeros, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastic Federation which premiered on the Bravo Channel. In 1999, Mr. Parsons choreographed and directed the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour festivities in New York celebrating the turn of the millennium.