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, Washington Post, dance critic Alan Kriegsman proclaimed that Powell is, “a master of more artistic trades than one can shake a stick at…a fresh, brilliant, idealistic artist in our midst!”
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 has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 126 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, 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 regularly contributes to Washington Life Magazine, VOGUE, Washingtonian Magazine, Capitol File Magazine and The Washington Post. His photographic clients include Facebook, Google, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Tory Burch, Mulberry, Elie Tahari, Intermix, J. McLaughlin, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Rag & Bone, Discovery Communications, The Aspen Institute, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The W Hotel, Cafe Milano, The Phillips Collection, Meridian International Center, The Washington Ballet, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Atlantic Council, Goldman Sachs, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, The Ricky Martin Foundation, and the embassies of Kuwait, Great Britain, Oman, Bahrain, Denmark, and Afghanistan.