Dance Kerr & Dancers is a eight member New York City based contemporary company founded, directed, and composed of dance educators and dancers working to bridge the gap between dancers and non-dancers to make dance accessible and enjoyed by all populations. The movement vocabulary is rooted in non-traditional modern dance technique that plays with the contrast of stillness and great physicality. Director Michael Kerr’s creations are a by-product of lived experiences translated into physical movements emulating internal struggles and successes; as well as other unexpected sources of inspiration.
Michael Anthony Kerr founded DanceKerr & Dancers (a sponsored artist with Performance Zone Inc. dba The Field) in 2015. Mr. Kerr is pursuing doctoral studies as an Arnhold Fellow Recipient in the Ed.D Dance Education Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. He holds permanent NYS K-12 Teacher Certification in Dance and has been employed with the NYCDOE since 1996. Mr. Kerr was awarded the Diana Domoracki-Kisto Dance Educator Award by the New York State Dance Education Association at the 2015 NDEO Conference. He is also a Dance Education Laboratory Ambassador. Throughout his dance teaching career in the private and public sector, Mr. Kerr has performed for a variety of choreographers and dance companies in the United States and Europe including Maher Benham's Coyote Dancers, Deborah Damast, Gemini Dance Theater, Floorplay Contemporary Dance Theater, Amy Kail, Dance Consort: Mezzacappa-Gabrian and Deanna Losi while teaching dance throughout the Tuscany region of Italy for several years. Since 2000, Mr. Kerr has developed a middle school dance program at New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts (MS 443), one of five NYC public school dance programs featured in the NY Emmy nominated documentary PS DANCE. His work as a dance teacher has been featured on News 12 Brooklyn, in NY Teacher-UFT newspapper, in Dance Teacher Magazine (June 2017) and most recently in Don Rauf's book Exploring Theater: Choreography and Dance in Theater. During his tenure at MS 443, Mr. Kerr has served as Chair of UFT/NYC Dance Educators, as a cooperating teacher for Columbia University Teachers College and New York University, served on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts and Graduate School of Education at Rutgers. He has conducted workshops, served as a panel speaker, teaching artist, curriculum writer, guest lecturer and on the teaching faculty for such venues as DEL, NDEO, Dance Teacher Magazine's Annual NYC Teacher Conference, American Dance Guild, NYU, CW Post LIU, The Dalton School, Nimbus Dance Works, NJAHPERD, Accademia Dance Center in Siena, Italy, Young Dancers In Repertory and Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Kerr is also an aspiring actor who made his film debut playing Lance in an award winning independent film, Peace After Marriage (Only In New York) and is thrilled to be choreographing contemporary dance once again since forming DanceKerr & Dancers.