Ray Mercer, is a native of Omaha, NE. He is currently in the Broadway cast of The Lion King, NY. Ray started his dance training at the age of 17, where he studied at the University of New Orleans, Chicago, and New York. He has danced with Detroit City Dance Co. in Detroit ,Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago, and the Boston Ballet (guest artist). He has worked with Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Stephanie Mills, Kevin “Iega Jeff,” George Faison, Louis Johnson and Garth Fagan. Ray was a 2011 Capezio Ace Awards Finalist. He has won Broadway’s Gypsy of the Year Award in 2005,The Michigan Dance Council Award, and the Black Theater Alliance Award in Chicago, for his choreography. Ray was the resident choreographer for All-City Dance Co. in Detroit and Chicago. He has worked with several outreach programs including the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp Program, Ailey Fordham B.F.A Program, Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement Program, E-Moves Choreographers Showcase in New York, and the National High School Dance Exchange. He has set ballets on various companies and organizations across the country, such as Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Pensacola Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and DRA: Dancers Responding to Aids. He has taught classes and master series all over the world. Ray was recently acknowledge in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, and Movmnt Magazine for his choreography.
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