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Ranardo-Domeico Grays
Ranardo-Domeico Grays, artistic director/choreographer
RANARDO-DOMEICO GRAYS, artistic director/choreographer VISIONS Contemporary Ballet. SAG, AEA, native of Detroit, Michigan, has performed with the Hartford City Ballet, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Urban Wash Dance Company at the 4th Annual International Dance Festival in NYC, LaToya Jackson Tour, Garth Fagan, Zack Morris, Celebrity Cruises, and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and California Institute of the Arts (BFA), Ranardo has also studied at the Alvin Ailey School. Prior to graduating high school he studied and performed with the University of Michigan faculty, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Ranardo has appeared in several feature films—recently as the photographer's assistant in "The Devil and Daniel Webster", starring and directed by Alec Baldwin; the photographer in "Slow Jam King", an independent film which played the Atlanta, Georgia Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival and in New York City at the ImaginAsian Theater. His television performances include-most recently a principal role as prisoner #2 in the 2007 pilot of "Canterbury's Law", directed by Mike Figgis; "The Nanny"; choreographer/co-host on VH-1's "Rock of Ages", and several TV commercials. He has also done off-Broadway theater and danced/choreographed for many pop artists. In print media, Ranardo recently modeled for Felissimo magazine, and appeared in articles on his dance workshop based on the hit musical, 'A Chorus Line' (11/23/06 issue of The New York Times: "Three Ways to Burn Up Those Holiday Calories", 11/28/06 issue of Metro Times: "A Chorus Line' meets gym workout at NYSC"). He was a featured guest on the WB 11 Morning Show, "Truly Julie", showcasing his choreography and dance workshop based on the hit musical, "Sweet Charity". Currently teaching dance and fitness at New York Sports Club/Town Sports International, he recently taught an Afro-Latin-Funk dance workshop at NYSC for American Express Company, attaining rave reviews. Ranardo is formally a Director of Dance at Morris High School, where he staged and choreographed "Bye Bye Birdie", "West Side Story" and "Little Shop of Horrors". He taught Master Classes in Contemporary Ballet at Marygrove College and The Detroit Windsor Dance Theater, choreographing premier works on the company. Ranardo is the artistic director of VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, which debuted in June 2005 to a sold-out audience at the Producers Club in New York. "Tainted Black", a 20-minute original contemporary ballet choreographed by Ranardo, premiered. In June 2006 VISIONS appeared at the Tribecca Performing Arts Center performing "Sleek White Candle" as guest artist for the Tina Thompson Dance Fitness Theater. Ranardo danced with the Emo Project in NYC at Chashama in "Tremotion", a collaborative piece with Mayuna Shimizu, in March 2007, and is happy to be co-producing "REACH" tonight in collaboration with the Blue Muse Dance Company.