• 1985: David Parsons founded Parsons Dance with Tony-Award winning lighting designer Howell Binkley.
  • 1987:  Caught, David Parsons’ signature fusion of technology and art, was televised nationally on Alive From Off Center.
  • 1992:  David Parsons collaborated with Julie Taymor and designer Michael Curry on a film project called Fools’ Fire.
  • 1994: Nebraska ETV Network presented a live broadcast of Parsons Dance and the Billy Taylor Trio performing their collaborative work, Step Into My Dream. 
  • 1995, 1989 and 1988:  David Parsons received Choreography Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 1999:  David Parsons was awarded the National Artist Award by the University of Arizona in Tucson for his outstanding work with young people.
  • 2000: David Parsons choreographed and directed the dance elements for Times Square 2000, the 24-hour festivities in Times Square celebrating the turn of the Millennium, which was watched by billions of people all over the globe.
  • 2000:  David Parsons was presented with a Dance Magazine Award for his achievements in dance.
  • 2001:  David Parsons was presented with the American Choreography Award, for his work as a co-producer of AEROS, a production aired on BRAVO that featured the Romanian Gymnastic Federation.
  • 2007: Parsons Dancer Abby Silva was featured as a dancer On The Rise, by Dance Magazine in the May 2007 issue.
  • 2007:  David Parsons was honored by the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction for his dedication, creativity and hard work with Arts for Medicine events over the past three years.
  • 2007: Parsons Dance was featured in the photography book and exhibit entitled, “The Dancer Within,” by photographer Rose Eichenbaum. The exhibit toured around the country from spring 2008 through the summer of 2011, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
  • 2007: David Parsons directed the prestigious Italian program, “Festival di Sanremo,” which aired internationally via Sanermo, Italy in February.
  • 2007: On July 27, Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times called Artistic Director David Parsons, “one of the great movers of modern dance.”
  • 2007: The first Parsons Dance Study Guide for teachers and students in grades K through 8 was published in collaboration with the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.
  • 2008: In May, David Parsons was featured on an Audi commercial.
  • 2009: On April 25th, Bruce Marcus and Joe Locarro presented Operatic Heat, a collaboration between Parsons Dance and the East Village Opera Company, at the Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts. The event was aired in August as a Public Television Pledge Special with WGBH in Boston as the presenting station.
  • 2009: On August 13th, David Parsons’ first full evening-length dance work, Remember Me, premiered in New York on WLIW Channel 21, followed by multiple local and national screenings.
  • 2010: In July, David Parsons was awarded the Howard Gilman Fellowship to attend the MFA program at Jacksonville University,
  • 2010: On October 21st, Mr. Parsons’ new duet, Portinari, was previewed at the United Nations Association of New York 2010 Humanitarian Awards. 
  • 2011: On July 9th, David Parsons received the Dance Master’s of America Annual Award at DMA’s 127th National Convention Awards Banquet in Kissimmee, Florida. Past recipients include Alvin Ailey, Gregory Hines, Gene Kelly, and Jacques D’Amboise, among others.
  • 2013: Parsons Dance gave the New York City premiere of “Dawn to Dusk,” a part of the Face of America: Spirit of South Florida series commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
  • 2014: On January 14th, Parsons Dance kicked off its 30th Anniversary Season at its annual Gala, honoring living legends Paul Taylor and Robert Battle.
  • 2014: Former company dancer, Natalie Lomonte, was chosen as the recipient of the new GenerationNOW fellowship program, a project which gives one emerging American choreographer the opportunity to create a new work for the company to be performed throughout its season.
  • 2014: On May 10th, Parsons Dance gave a world premiere in collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Allen Toussaint Orchestra in New Orleans. The NOLA Defender described the premiere as a “world where reality and fantasy are no longer at odds” but rather “in a beautiful dance together.” This collaboration also saw the premiere of “Whirlaway.”
  • 2014: Parsons Dance launched its educational outreach program at PS 75 in New York City. Through this program Parsons Dance company members engaged with elementary school students to bring creativity, artistic expression, and bodily awareness to the classroom through dance.
  • 2015: Parsons Dance traveled to Turks and Caicos for a week-long residency, engaging with local communities through outreach, master classes, and performances.  
  • 2015: The company performed in the Hudson River Dance Festival, in a public celebration of Modern Dance in New York City. 
  • 2016: Parsons Dance celebrated their 10-year anniversary as artists-in-residence with PS21 in Chatham, NY with a two-week residency at the idyllic theater.  
  • 2016:  David Parsons created "Finding Center" which premiered at The Joyce Theater in NYC and continued to be presented at theaters around the world. This piece was inspired by the esteemed artwork of long-time friend and collaborator, Rita Blitt.  
  • 2016:  Dancer Elena D'Amario was nominated for a Clive Barnes Award.
  • 2016:  Parsons Dance launches its Autism-Friendly Programs, an initiative to bring sensory-friendly workshops and relaxed performances to audiences of all abilities. 
  • 2017:  The company traveled to Italy for it's 19th tour of the country, performing 33 shows across 22 cities.  
  • 2017: While on tour in Venice, Italy, the company was filmed live for broadcast on French Public Television
 

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