About Tony Powell
Dubbed “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” by The Washington Post, Powell is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer. He is a 1995 graduate of The Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. Pulitzer Prize-winning dance writer Alan Kriegsman proclaimed that Powell is, “a master of more artistic trades than one can shake a stick at.”
A native Washingtonian, he has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first-ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music. He was given a one-man show of his paintings and photographs in Dupont Circle at Gallery 2000 in 1998 and most recently he was one of 5 featured photographers as part of Art Soiree this past November. A solo show of his large-scale nudes and digital art will be held March 4, 2010 at Habatat Galleries.
He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created 120 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Baltimore Ballet, The Ailey School, PHILADANCO, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.
Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet.
He is a regularly contributing photographer with Washington Life Magazine and recently began working with VOGUE Magazine.