Lance Gries is an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher based in NYC.
From 1985-1992, he was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company., receiving a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Award.
Since 1990, he has created and presented solo and group choreography in various venues in New York City such as The Kitchen, Danspace, La MaMa Experimental Theater and The State Theater, as well as cities throughout Europe, Australia and South America. In the past year, he has presented two group research projects, “Primary Field” and “Extended Field” in Brussels, Belgium, parts of an ongoing series working with His most recent solo evening, “Etudes for an Astronaut” was nominated for a New York and Performance “Bessie” Award for best production of 2011.
Mr. Gries is a renowned teacher, having taught workshops and master classes throughout the world. In 1994 he was invited to be a “founding teacher” of P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium and continues there as a visiting teacher as well as guest teaching for many other dance companies and institutions.
For a decade he has maintained a retreat space, Casa Arriba, between the jungle and ocean on the Pacific Coast of Mexico; friends and artists connect there in a setting of nature and creative regeneration. His ongoing research into the interconnectedness and individual expression of body/ mind/spirit is the basis for his teaching and artistic work.