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Private F.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a veteran performer, teacher, and creator of modern, contemporary, ballet, and many dance genres in between! With ODC Dance, from San Francisco, I have toured the world and performed in some amazing places. I have danced extraordinary works with extraordinary people. I have always considered myself an artist before a dancer. This perspective has helped my body and mind endure 25 professional years in this beautiful field.

I can teach a wide array of classes. I teach what it means to by physical and smart; how to work deeply so you don't have to work so hard! I can teach a ballet barre that will build strength, but also get you to "move"! I can teach Post-Modern ideas that show dance can be anything. I can teach choreographic techniques that will have you composing works in minutes. And, I can even teach you how to be a good dance partner, which is my biggest strength as a dance artist.

I am also happy to counsel you about the world of professional dance. I have a lot of insight and perspective that could be useful to you as you pursue a career in dance.

I have taught in ballet and modern dance schools, as well as Dance for Parkinson's Disease classes - started by dancers from the Mark Morris Dance Company. I have worked for many choreographers and companies, including ODC Dance, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, Colorado Ballet, and Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF among others. I have won awards for my artistry and performance, and absolutely love to pass on my experience to the next generation.

I owe a lot to the artists I have learned from throughout my career. So, I know how important a good role model and teacher can be.

About Private F.

Even though my name is Brandon, I have a nickname, "Private", which is what everyone calls me. It comes from when I was serving in the Army National Guard but was actually a Sergeant. I got the nickname in college, when I was a Private! I am happy to tell you more about that...!

I began dancing in college because it was something I really enjoyed and just happened to be pretty good at. Being a 'guy', doors opened up pretty quickly for me because I was strong and attentive to partnering as well as had decent 'hops' - meaning I could jump pretty big! I was always an athlete as I did baseball, diving, and football, among other things, in high school. So, being physical was nothing new to me....but being physical with an artistic goal - now that was intriguing.

My life changed when I was offered a contract with ODC Dance, after taking a week-long workshop/audition in San Francisco while I was on vacation! I had an extraordinary opportunity to take a professional dance job - a 40 week contract with health insurance and at least 12 of those weeks touring! I couldn't turn it down. And so began a career I hadn't anticipated.

I have to say, I wasn't the most technically advanced dancer at that time. But, what I had was conviction and an inherent talent; along with a confidence that I would make things work even if I didn't know what I was doing. That attitude was what helped me to excel... to get better.... to train...to listen to my teachers and contemporaries that had helpful advice...and eventually become the lead Dancer Artist that I am today. You have to believe in yourself no matter what. After that, the sky is the limit!

My biggest strength lies with my understanding of both the male and female journey to becoming a professional dancer artist. They are different experiences, and I have compassion as well as professional advice to both. I do feel there is no gender difference when it comes to being a successful artist - only a navigation of how to become so. I can help with that. My resume shows that I have contributed to the success of many wonderful artists, both male and female. I hope I can be of service to you!

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Experience

Dancer Artist
Apr 1998 - Mar 2020

Mark Foehringer Dance Project

Collaborator in the creation and performance of contemporary ballet choreography. *Was in the creative process for a "Dracula" performance when Covid-19 caused a pause. Artistic Director: Mark Foehringer

Dancer Artist
Aug 1996 - Apr 2019

ODC Dance

Collaborator in the creation and performance of modern dance choreography. Worldwide touring. Performed outreach to children and adults. Taught modern and ballet classes. Artistic Director: Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kate Weare, Kimi Okada

Dancer Artist
Sep 2008 - Aug 2015

Amy Seiwert's Imagery

Collaborator in the creation and performance of contemporary ballet choreography. Domestic touring. Artistic Director: Amy Seiwert

Dancer Artist
May 2010 - Dec 2014

Wonderbound

Collaborator in creation and performance of modern dance works, Artistic Director Garrett Ammon

Dancer Artist
Jun 2006 - Oct 2013

Little Seismic Dance Company

Collaborator in the creation and performance of modern dance choreography. Artistic Director: Katie Faulkner

Dancer Artist
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013

Colorado Ballet

Guest Artist in performance of Glen Tetley's "Rite of Spring". Artistic Director: Gil Boggs. Also, taught ballet class in the Colorado Ballet school for 3 years.

Dance Teacher
Jun 2004 - May 2010

Berkeley Ballet Theater

Taught Ballet and Modern dance classes to teens. Also, choreographed for student showcases.

Dance Teacher
Sep 2008 - Apr 2010

Shawl Anderson Dance Center

Taught Modern and Ballet classes to adults.

Guest Artist
Oct 1997 - Dec 2009

Berkeley Ballet Theater

Guest performer for "The Nutcracker" and Spring shows. Helped teach partnering skills to teens.

Dance Teacher
Jun 2005 - Jul 2008

Marin Ballet

Taught Modern dance classes to teens. Also choreographed for student showcases.

Education

Anthropology/Dance
Sep 1991 - Jun 1996

Colorado State University

Awards

Best Ensemble Performance
Mar 2014

Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ("Izzie's")

Best Ensemble Performance
Mar 2012

Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ("Izzie's")

Best Individual Performance (nominee)
Mar 2004

Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ("Izzie's")

Best Ensemble Performance
Mar 2002

Bay Area Isadora Duncan Dance Awards ("Izzie's")

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