Kory Geller is thrilled and honored to return to BDL, having taken part in Cycles 2 and 3. Born and raised in Yardley, PA, he trained at Spirit in Motion Ballet Theatre, Princeton Ballet School, Luigi Jazz Centre, American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Broadway Theatre Project. A graduate of NYC Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21), Kory has also danced with The Chase Brock Experience, and at the Guggenheim, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, Judson Memorial Church, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Theatrical credits include The Music Man (Flat Rock Playhouse), Mary Poppins, Joseph… (Ogunquit Playhouse), and A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre). Kory also loves to share his passion for dance, and has taught at CAP21, Rider University, and McCarter Theatre, as well as coaching students privately.
BDL: Can you tell me about your training and dance career thus far?
KG: After seeing Footloose when I was 8, I started taking dance classes. I went to a studio where singing and acting training were also emphasized, so I immediately set my sights on theatre and Broadway. I then trained at various dance and theatre programs before ending up at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where I graduated with a BFA in Drama.
BDL: What interested you in working with BDL?
KG: I saw Parsons Dance Company perform at the Joyce in January 2014, and sat there thinking, “I want to dance in a company.” When I got home, I googled “dance company auditions,” and a posting for BDL came up. It was the perfect company! Theatre and dance combined in one package. I’ve done shows where numbers were shortened, even cut, and creatives said things like, “this will do,” or “we’ll fix that in the next production.” This was all because of lack of time, especially when it came to exploration. It’s the sad reality of our current creative climate. But it doesn’t have to be that way. BDL really changes all of that.
BDL: This is your third Cycle with BDL. What’s it been like to watch the company grow and expand?
KG: It’s crazy to think about just how much it has grown. My first time doing BDL was a four week Lab in which Josh was the only choreographer. Our first presentation was in a studio, and I remember Josh talking a lot about his dreams for the company and hopes for expansion. It’s really hard to establish and sustain company in the arts and few people succeed. It’s been incredible to be a part of BDL and see that everything Josh hoped for the company has been met (and surpassed!) The company is consistently growing and achieving what it strives for and I couldn’t be happier or prouder to be a part of it!
BDL: What has BDL given you as a dancer that you didn’t have before?
KG: So many things! In addition to getting to work with so many incredible choreographers, it has given me the chance to be in a company, something I always wanted but never thought I’d achieve. Also, it have given me a sense of ownership and pride in my dancing and abilities. The choreographers ultimately want you to bring your ideas and strengths into the room and apply it to their work. Working with so many different people and different styles, I have learned how to be myself, trust what I can do, and then dive into new waters. It has been an invaluable experience.
BDL: What has it been like to watch choreographers of all different styles use the Lab?
KG: I constantly think to myself, ” This is so cool!” I have gotten to watch so many geniuses work. Everyone works differently, so each person uses the Lab differently, whether it is bringing in fully fleshed out ideas and finally being able to use bodies to express them, or having the start of and idea and beginning to shape it. Not to mention the different forms of work that have been developed, from concert dance pieces to musicals to movie sequences. It shows how endless BDL’s resources are! Also, it shows that no matter what you are creating, the need to play and explore is universal.