Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons. Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in its home community of New York City. Parsons Dance includes ten full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons.
Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total of more than 350 cities, 35 countries, five continents and millions of audience members. Many more have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network and the Discovery Channel.
In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance is committed to audience development and arts education for participants of all ages and all levels of artistic experience. Parsons Dance regularly offers outreach opportunities including post-show discussions, master classes, open rehearsals and studio showcases. With its official education partner, Marymount Manhattan College, and site partner, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Parsons Dance offers annual, accredited summer study programs for professional and pre-professional dancers that attract students to New York from across the United States and several foreign countries.
It is the mission of Parsons Dance to deliver positive, affirming and life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide, through the medium of dance/movement; and to create and perform dance works of extraordinary artistry that engage and motivate diverse audiences.
To accomplish its mission, Parsons Dance:
- fosters the creative development and facilitates the choreographic expression of David Parsons, one of the most successful, prolific and enduring dance artists working today;
- collaborates with highly distinguished musicians, visual artists and others, in support of vibrant and multi-dimensional dance productions; and
- presents cultural participation programs for students and adults at all levels of artistic access and experience.