company

Company Mission and History

For more than 30 years, Doug Varone and Dancers has devoted itself to the humanity and virtuosity of dance, reaching out to our audiences well beyond the proscenium arch. We believe this philosophy has allowed us to endure, earning the reputation as one of the most respected dance companies working today. Over time, we’ve created an expansive legacy encompassing dance, theatre, opera and film – establishing an impressive body of work.

The recipient of 11 Bessie Awards, the Company has toured to more than 125 cities in 45 states across the US and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. Stages include The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center, San Francisco Performances, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto’s Harbourfront, Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro San Martin, the Venice Biennale, and the Tokyo, Bates, Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Festivals. In opera and theatre, the Company regularly collaborates on the many Varone-directed or choreographed productions that have been produced around the world.

Doug Varone and Dancers continues to be among the most sought-after ambassadors and educators in the field. For the past 19 years, annual summer intensive workshops at leading universities attract students and professionals from around the country. The company's multi-discipline residency programs on tour capture their concepts, imagery and techniques across disciplines and for people of all ages and backgrounds, reaching out to audiences in ways that directly relate to their lives and interests.

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bessie awards

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city tours

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donations

about doug varone

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades.

In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country.

In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer. Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome with its Dance of the Seven Veils for Karita Mattila, the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz’s Les Troyens was broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premieres for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. His choreography for 2012’s musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone’s Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of PBS’s Dance in America: Wolf Trap’s Face of America. Most recently, he directed and choreographed MasterVoices’ production of Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center, starring Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark, alongside the Company.

Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center’s Orpheus and Euridice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded both a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.

Dancers & Collaborators

Our Dancers

HOLLIS BARTLETT

dancer
HOLLIS BARTLETT is a performer, creator, and advocate for the arts. He was born and raised in the Midwest, and began dancing at a young age. His family moved to Massachusetts before he began high school and his love of performing followed him to the East Coast. In 2010 Hollis graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to dancing he is also a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee, working to strengthen and unite a community of emerging professional artists and administrators. Hollis joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2011.
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XAN BURLEY

dancer
XAN BURLEY, a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She is grateful to have performed with artists/companies Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Shannon Gillen and Guests as a founding member, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Xan also enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley and Tami Stronach Dance. She co-produces WAXworks, is on modern faculty at the 92Y, and has taught professional classes at Mark Morris Dance Group, the former DNA, and Gibney Dance Center. Her choreography with partner and collaborator Alex Springer has been presented in NYC at several venues including BAX (2011 Space Grant recipients), Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Tank, DanceNOW[NYC], 92Y, and recently as artists-in-residence at University Settlement. Their work has also been commissioned for a variety of universities and companies throughout the U.S. Xan joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
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JAKE BONE

dancer
JAKE BONE, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a Brooklyn based performer, teacher and choreographer. He earned a BFA in dance at the University of North Texas where he performed works by Bebe Miller, Kihyoung Choi, Anna Sokolow, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava (ADF). Since moving to New York, Jake has had the pleasure of working with Gibney Dance, the Median Movement, the Metropolitan Opera, and currently dances for Bare Dance Company. Additionally, he is the event coordinator for Awakening Movement, a faith-based dance organization.
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WHITNEY DUFRENE

dancer
WHITNEY DUFRENE, originally from Louisiana, graduated with a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. She received her training primarily from Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and Point Park. She served as company director and instructor for Dance Du Coeur, alongside performing and serving with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston. Whitney has also worked closely with Creative Dreams Outreach Center, serving as their dance director. She has choreographed work for Ad Deum, Dance du Coeur, Belhaven’s Dance Ministry, BRBT, and for Weave Dance Collective in Biel, Switzerland. Recently, she was also honored to perform with Tabernacle Dance Company for the Feast of Tabernacles held annually in Jerusalem. She partnered with the Manship Theatre, working to bring the arts into the Baton Rouge public school system with greater strength. Whitney is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Doug Varone and Dancers this year.
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ALEX SPRINGER

dancer
ALEX SPRINGER, originally from Farmington Hills, MI, is currently a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, teacher, and video artist. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Movement Science. He has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2008 and has also performed with Alexandra Beller, Donnell Oakley, Elizabeth Dishman, Amy Chavasse, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Alex has staged Varone’s work for various companies and universities and has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, the 92Y, and the former Dance New Amsterdam. Additionally, Alex creates work with Xan Burley, together the Median Movement, and they have shown their work for the stage and screen throughout NYC and the US. Otherwise, Alex works as a freelance video artist for A.O. Pro(+ductions) and is the media manager/video archivist for Doug Varone and Dancers.
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HSIAO-JOU TANG

dancer
HSIAO-JOU TANG was born and raised in Taiwan where she studied ballet, modern, traditional Chinese dance and martial arts. She moved to New York in 2004 to attend SUNY Purchase College and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Dance. Tang has had the great pleasure of working with a number of wonderful people and companies including Kyle Abraham / Abraham.in.motion, the Metropolitan Opera, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Kevin Wynn Collection, Daniel Charon Dance, Nora Petroliunas/The Pharmacy Project and the Median Movement . Hsiao-jou joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
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our collaborators

BLUE LAND MEDIA

Video Production
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POWER BOOTHE

Set Designer
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Peggy Baker

Guest Teacher and Performer
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DANIEL CHARON

Guest Performer
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MICHAEL CHYBOWSKI

Lighting Design
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JANE COX

Lighting Design
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Rachel Carr

Costume Design
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NATALIE DESCH

Guest Teacher
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JOSH EPSTEIN

Lighting Design
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ADRIANE FANG

Guest Teacher
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DAVID FERRI

Lighting Design
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WENDALL K. HARRINGTON

Production Designer
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KEITH JOHNSON

Guest Teacher
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Gaétan LEBOEUF

Composer
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RACHEL LIST

Guest Teacher
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BRIAN MACDEVITT

Lighting Design
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ALLEN MOYER

Set Designer
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MEREDITH McCANSE

Guest Teacher
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Anna Oliver

Costume Design
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Liz Prince

Costume Design
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JAMES SCHUETTE

Costume Design
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MARK STANLEY

Lighting Design
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LYNNE STEINCAMP

Costume Design
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TED SULLIVAN

Lighting Design
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JACKIE VILLAMIL

Guest Teacher
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David Van Tieghem

Composer
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Julia Wolfe

Composer
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NETTA YERUSHALMY

Guest Teacher

Netta Yerushalmy completed a BFA with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has received a 2010 NYFA Fellowship in Choreography, a 2010-12 Six Points Fellowship, a 2011 Swing Space residency, and is currently an Artist-In-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Her choreographic work has been presented by Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Festival, The Kitchen, DNA, Movement Research, Jacob's Pillow, The Yard, and many others. Originally from Israel, her work was commissioned there by Curtain-Up, International-Exposure, and Tmuna Theater in Tel-Aviv. She has danced with Nancy Bannon, Karinne Kiethley, Marc Jarecki, Joanna Kotze, Ronit Ziv, and others, and has had the pleasure of dancing with Doug Varone in various settings, including productions of Les Troyens and Le Sacre du Printemps at the Metropolitan Opera. Netta staged Varone's work at the University of Michigan & Point Park College.

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Board

board members

Richard Caples

Lawrence Greene

John Lanasa

Jeanne Murphy

Doug Varone

Carol Walker

Pearl Zuchlewski

junior board members

Hollis Bartlett

Katryn Geane

Abigail Oliver

Alexander Thompson

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