Matt Pardo – MFA, AEA, has performed with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, River North Chicago Dance Company (apprentice), Pittsburgh Opera, Groundworks Dance Theatre, “Einstein on the Beach” (Olivier Award – Best Opera), and Lucinda Childs Dance Company (company member/company class instructor), among others. Dance Europe Magazine selected him as a “Top 100 dancer in the world” for 2010/2011 and called him “an artist to watch.” Pardo is a co-founder and co-director of The Blanket (theblanket.org), which has been featured in Dance Magazine online, Departures Magazine (American Express), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others. The Blanket is now producing Lucinda Childs Dance and worked in collaboration with The Joyce Foundation on a week-long run of DANCE at the Joyce Theater in October 2021. Choreographic and teaching credits include the American Dance Festival, Point Park University, Elon University, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Centre National De Danse (Paris), Slippery Rock University, and more. Scholarly research includes an article in the Journal of Dance Education discussing the use of experiential observation in developing a practice of performance. Pardo is an assistant professor at James Madison University.
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